The 1989 Avengers West Coast Annual featured an unusual short story by Mark Waid and then-newcomer Amanda Conner called "Rate The Hunks," in which Wasp and She-Hulk offered their expert assessment on the sex appeal of their male Avengers colleagues. Almost thirty years later, we've assembled our own experts to repeat the exercise, with an updated twist.
You see the release date in the image there: May 6, 2016. Marvel Phase Three kicks off exactly one year from yesterday with the release of Captain America: Civil War. With the clock ticking, and the Avengers: Age of Ultron publicity tour finally winding down, it’s time to get to shooting Cap 3. Marvel announced today that production has officially begun on next summer’s massive sequel, and they also revealed four more big additions to the cast.
The superheroes at the center of Avengers: Age of Ultron resonate so strongly with so many people because they’re so deeply entrenched in popular culture. Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk were around for years before Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo were even born. These aren’t just characters – they’re icons. And while serious comic book nerds know how much Earth’s mightiest heroes have changed with the times, taking a look back at what the likes of Black Widow and Hawkeye and the Vision used to look like is both entertaining and (dare we say it?) educational.
There’s a lot to like about Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the coolest thing about it is the way it reclaims the comic book part of the phrase “comic-book movie.” Rather than using these characters to do something “edgy” or “adult” or “important,” or sanding down their quirkier edges to appeal to as broad and mainstream an audience as possible, Age of Ultron doubles down on its source material’s geeky origins.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is less than a month away and it seems that most of the film’s biggest secrets have managed to remain hidden. The film has done a particularly good job of keeping Paul Bettany’s Vision a mystery from everyone who ... oh, wait. They went ahead and fully revealed Vision on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Nevermind.
We’re approaching that point in the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ marketing campaign where it can start to feel like we’ve already seen every big stunt and setpiece in the film before the movie’s even opened. But the new ‘Avengers’ trailer reveals yet another amazingly cool beat that’s never been seen before: Chris Evans’ Captain America loses his shield in battle with James Spader’s Ultron, so Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow snatches it while trailing the fight on a motorcycle, then slides under a semi-truck Fast & Furious-style and tosses it up to Cap so he can continue the battle. Awesome awesome awesome. (Marvel’s going to try to use that as a pull-quote on the poster, aren’t they?)
Vision and Ultron are two of the most prominent new elements in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ as both characters drive much of the film’s action. We’ve gotten several sneak peeks at the enigmatic Vision and the sinister Ultron, but this new premium figure from Hot Toys gives us the most sharp and sleek look at the epic super villain yet. If you’re an ‘Avengers’ fan and have some extra cash just laying around, maybe consider throwing it down for this awesome new toy—or “premium figure,” if you want to use grown-up language.
By the twelve moons of Munnopor! ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ opens in theaters in less than five months! Five months! An we’ve still only seen a couple of brief teasers and a handful of images from the movie! Why, it’s almost like Marvel wants us to actually be surprised by the movie!
Even though it’s over four months away, we’ve seen a lot from ‘Avengers 2’—there’s the ‘Avengers 2’ trailer, extended trailer, a clip from the film and advance trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. But, one thing we haven’t really seen in any official capacity, is Paul Bettany as Vision. While we’re still waiting for an official reveal, we do have another, better look at one of the newest Avengers.
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