We’re less than a week away from opening day for Captain America: Civil War, and if you need any more help getting excited for this blockbuster, just take a peek at these photos Marvel Studios and Disney have unleashed upon an already-rabid fandom.
Team Iron Man
Team Captain America
Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch
James “Rhodey” Rhodes
War Machine and Iron Man
Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch
Agent 13 and Everett Ross
Captain America and Iron Man
Vision wearing a sweater.
Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter
Agent 13, Black Widow, Captain America
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers
As the magic day — the first of May — approaches, the promotion onslaught for Avengers: Age of Ultron will begin in earnest. But for a film that looks like this much fun, I don’t think anyone is going to mind! Just watch the third TV commercial:
Did you catch the first clear, full-face shot of the Vision right there at the end, or did you blink? He’s the red-faced guy.
As a public service, here are the first and second TV spots, and the amazing full-length movie trailer.
Ultron is the focus of the newest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron — with a brief recap of his origin and James Spader using his creepiest voice to lay out the evil AI’s plan to destroy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Lots to love about this trailer, which its action-packed scenes and intriguing teases — do Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) hook up? Do any of the big guns die? Who wins, Hulk or Iron Man in Hulkbuster armor? (Just so you know, Uncle Joe firmly believes that Hulk should win, but how it plays out on film is anyone’s guess.)
After the release of the newest group poster promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios has been releasing a collection of solo images highlighting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes individually — and they are pretty impressive.
ETA: Hawkeye’s solo poster
A:AoU will be released May 1.
An all-female Avengers team called A-Force will emerge from the Secret Wars event, taking over after older versions of the team have disbanded (or worse), Marvel Comics has announced.
The team will be led by She-Hulk; Dazzler; Medusa; Nico Minoru; Singularity, a new heroine with cosmic powers; and others to be announced.
The cover of the first issue, drawn by Jim Cheung, features a huge potential roster, including: She-Hulk, Medusa, Singularity, Dazzler, Nico, Storm, Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Phoenix, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Pixie, Elektra, Rescue, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow, Moondragon, Snowbird, Aurora, Capt. Marvel II, Hellcat, Firestar, Vindicator, Jubilee and Spectrum.
You don’t have to wait for the Super Bowl to see this cool commercial — the first official TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron!
This clip is heavy on Hulk and Black Widow action.
Directed by Joss Whedon, A:AoU opens May 1.
Here’s that elaborate poster for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in all its robot-fightin’ glory.
Say, is that the Vision in the upper left, way in the back, acting all float-y? I think it is!
I wonder when the movie opens…?
The actors’ photos from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron keep on comin’ — but they haven’t started to get exciting. Yet.
Witness Mark Ruffalo’s (Bruce Banner/Hulk) snaps: a contemplative selfie with Robert Downey Jr. (who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man) and a rear view (sorry, only from the waist-up) of Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) that looks rather nicely moody.
Scarlett Johansson has kicked more than her share of asses as Black Widow in her various film outings with members of the Avengers, Scarlett now has a summer movie coming out in which her character finally has superpowers of her own — in fact, she has a lot of powers.
In director Luc Besson’s Lucy, Scarlett plays an drug mule whose contraband cargo leaks and imbues her with any number of new physical and psionic abilities.
Perhaps the best news is that French auteur Besson is back in the action director’s chair after so many years of producing and directing subpar comedies like The Family. Besson is by far the most “Hollywood” of European directors, but he has a way with powerful female lead characters that is very un-Hollywood. The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita are perhaps the best female-led action films ever made. And while Natalie Portman’s Mathilda is more of a supporting part in Léon: The Professional, I would add it to any list of the best action flicks with strong female central characters.
Now Scarlett should reap the benefits of working with Besson. This should also bolster the street cred of the Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I am really looking forward to seeing Lucy when it opens Aug. 8.
Marvel Studios released some interesting-looking concept art from its various Phase 2 projects, so I thought I’d share a few cool visuals.
Here are some images intended for Avengers: Age of Ultron, including the visuals for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The image of Hulk and Black Widow could easily be from The Avengers, so looks like director Joss Whedon is going for “more of the same.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy art continues to support the idea that Rocket Raccoon will be the breakout character. I’m more interested in Star-Lord’s mask — which I hope he will wear more than most other movie superheroes wear theirs.