From Marvel Studios: Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012’s smash-hit “Marvel’s The Avengers”! “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the “Kick-Ass” franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in “Nowhere Boy,” for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor Johnson has starred in 2012’s critically-acclaimed “Anna Karenina” and director Oliver Stone’s “Savages.”
Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with “Silent House” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver in “Red Lights,” Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee’s “Oldboy.”
Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will share the screen as leads in the highly anticipated “Godzilla” remake scheduled for a May 2014 release.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel’s The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. "Marvel’s The Avengers" was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
In addition to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.
The Illuminati // artwork by Jim Cheung (2009)
The Avengers & The X-Men: The 50th Anniversary! // artwork by Jack Kirby (1963)
Well the day is coming to an end but I didn’t want it to let it go without sharing a little comic history around here. You see in this very day on September of 1963 (that’s 50 years ago bucko!) Marvel Comics unleashed to the world what it would become the premiere superheroes teams in comic history of this modern era. Yes, you may argue that slot was already filled by the almighty Justice League Of America featuring the Pantheon of Olympus taking care of the world. But the dynamics of team books had already been redefined by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in The Fantastic Four two full years prior to these releases. Here we had nothing but a brand new take on a basic idea. The Avengers was a team of heroes that really didn’t get along but nonetheless gathered together to resolve a crisis that none of them could handle alone. The X-Men however was as it’s tittle aptly put it “The Strangest Superheroes of All”. While every hero in the Marvel universe got his/her powers because of radiation or accidents, these guys were born this way and they were hated and feared because of this. Most outcasts could relate to this concept and as time proved the brand was Marvel’s ticket to success in the comic business (for almost all of the 80’s and the 90’s the top selling book was Uncanny X-Men, the only comic that could challenge those numbers were the New Teen titans of DC in the 80’s and Spawn of Image in the 90’s).
As the 21 century approached and The X-Men had their day in the sun, now it was the time for the Avengers to shine. Blessed for most of their story with the top notch talents of the industry, The Avengers became a franchise in the early 2000’s with multiple books and the basis for the Cinematic Marvel Universe a move that was so brilliantly executed that it made the team as recognizable and loved for the casual viewer as Marvel’s main staples (Spider-Man and Wolverine) and DC Powerhouses Superman and Batman.
Today you can find The Avengers and The X-Men all over the place and in every flavor you may like (Animation, Action Figures, Movies, Video Games, etc.) But to the true fan their legacy lives on in the Comics where we met them, the Comics that have chronicled their victories and defeats, the Comics where we learned to love these characters, The Comics where we still have some of the greatest talent in this world telling the best stories they can with these awesome characters.
Here’s to 50 years more! Congratulations guys!
The film is almost two years away and fans can’t stop talking about it and Joss Whedon can’t stop the spoilers, the biggest one being of course that Hank Pym won’t be on it. Thus causing a stir in comic-dom and pissing off a lot of people who could be content just with the addition of the character as Ultron’s creator (since, well, he’s an integral part of his origin in the comics).
As a fan I have my theory about the way it will go in this film. Two years from now you may come back and curse at me for spoiling the film to you in advance. If i’m wrong, I’ll be the first one to be very happy about it, so here it goes:
The last few minutes of Iron Man 3 and the introduction of the film on screen at SDCC 2013 offer some clues (with Tony activating “The Clean Slate Protocol” and an Iron Man mask being pounded until it takes the shape of the head of Ultron respectively) J.A.R.V.I.S is now well aware of how defenseless he actually is, so he goes full sentient and downloads himself to new Stark tech and develops himself a new body based on the Iron Man technology to kill his maker and “dad” Tony Stark. Along the way his A.I logic will find a better solution in wiping out the human race. That’s where the team comes into play, hell the spoilers to this where being offered even by Hasbro when they released the recent Marvel Legends - Iron Man series:
Am I right or wrong? I don’t know! I just like to play hypothetical from time to time, specially with these kinds of thing that seems to affect so much the comic community and I wanted to share my thoughts. In the end I’m just hoping for a great and enjoyable film. What do you think of this?
Earlier this evening, Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon surprised fans in Hall H at Comic-Con International by unveiling the title — and villain — of the final movie in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Now, the studio follows up with the debut of the logo for what is undoubtedly the most anticipated movie from Marvel to date.