This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly goes behind the scenes on the set of the Avengers movie sequel Age of Ultron, directed by Joss Whedon -- and the cover offers a first glimpse of the movie version of the tin-plated villain who'll be giving the Avengers so much trouble. Or, technically, versions.
We've known that James Spader will star as the titular evil Tony Stark-created artificial intelligence of Avengers: Age of Ultron for months, but what we didn't know is that the evil robot's son would also be joining the fray. That's right, The Vision is set to join the film, which begins production next month, as played by actor Paul Bettany -- AKA The voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man films.
Read on for all of the links this Tuesday holds.
The news that James Spader would play Ultron in the upcoming Avengers sequel was about as well received as any casting news for a comic book film has any hope of being in the social media age. Still, the announcement did leave some wondering how exactly Spader would be playing the role. Would he simply be a voice actor or would the Emmy-winner be performing on set in some capacity? In an interview with Inquirer Entertainment, Spader puts the question to rest.
Ever since Marvel debuted its roughly minute-long teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron at SDCC 2013, fans have been riding the usual waves of trying to scope out grainy smart phone-recorded bootlegs that hang out on YouTube for all of 8 minutes before being deleted. But no more! JoBlo has uploaded a proper HD version of the teaser, which sees a CG render of Tony Stark's Iron Man helmet morph into Ultron's satisfyingly comics-accurate Jack-o'-lantern noggin.
If James Spader couldn't play Ultron in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, no one could, according to director Joss Whedon.
The actor was Whedon's "first an only choice" for the role, he told Marvel's Web show The Watcher, which has got to make anyone else who auditioned for it feel like a real chump.
While fans got a glimpse of Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum's Minimates plans for the recently wrapped Age of Ultron storyline in the form of Wolverine and a golden Ultron Drone at SDCC 2013, Marvel's revealed four more characters from the event that will soon join the line in one fell swoop. Coming to comic and specialty stores in early 2014 will be a proper Age of Ultron box set packing 2" tall versions of Nicky Fury, Iron Man, new Marvel U resident Angela and a hulking six-armed Ultron.
Saturday night at Marvel's "Marvel Studios" panel, Avengers director Joss Whedon came on stage to announce to fans in attendance that the sequel to last summer's blockbuster film would be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron. The news was met with excitement from people in attendance, as well as speculation as to whether or not the film would be an adaptation of the recent Age of Ultron miniseries from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists Bryan Hitch and Carlos Pacheco. Whedon quickly dispelled any such notions before Comic-Con was even over, definitively stating that "We're doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron."