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October 05 2015

Tom Hiddleston reveals why Loki was cut from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well that's a shame.

October 02 2015

Ten great reveals from Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron commentary. The Age of Ultron Blu-ray and DVD are out in the States today and has picked out some interesting facts from Joss's commentary.

October 01 2015

A review of the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Blu-ray. There is for the 3D version which is reviewed by High-Def Digest. There is a 2D Blu-ray review as well but there's more to chew over in the 3D review.

September 29 2015

Honest Trailers - Avengers: Age of Ultron. The guys at Honest Trailers believe Joss needs a hug.

September 27 2015

Watch the deleted Thor cave scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Blu-ray and DVD of the movie are out in the US on October 2nd.

September 23 2015

Sean Maher stood in for Mark Ruffalo in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Yet another interesting titbit from Joss' commentary.

September 14 2015

Loki vs. Scarlet Witch? Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen debate 'Avengers' showdown. Both actors star in the Hank Williams biopic "I Saw The Light".
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is out on Blu-ray/DVD in the UK today. Zavii were offering an exclusive Steelbook but that sold out months ago. So if you really want one, be prepared to pay a few quid extra on eBay.

September 11 2015

Disney Movie Anywhere has an exclusive Avengers: Age of Ultron feature. Bleeding Cool notes that if you get the movie on the DMA platform you get a bonus "Connecting the Universe" feature.

September 10 2015

The 'Angel' Easter Egg in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. Did you spot it?
Why Avengers: Age of Ultron didn't have a Grey Hulk. Screen Rant speaks to VFX supervisor Christopher Townsend about why we didn't see Hulk turn a different colour as a result of Scarlet Witch's machinations.

September 08 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now on digital release. It's available at Amazon, iTunes, VUDU, Google Play and Disney Movies Anywhere.

September 05 2015

Explaining Scarlet Witch's distinctive movements on Age of Ultron. Jennifer White, Elizabeth Olsen's movement coach, talks to MTV News about training Elizabeth and what Joss' input was as well. There's also handy tips for mind bending.

September 04 2015

Watch highlights from the Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel. Chris Evans is hilarious.
Esquire mag's 10 Best Movies of the Summer for 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron makes the list. It's a short blurb about the movie with a link to their original review from April.

September 03 2015

Avengers:Age Of Ultron considered a failure by Disney? Bleeding Cool is reporting that sources are saying to them that Disney was disappointed with how the Avengers sequel performed. More...

September 01 2015

Titles and run times for the four deleted/extended scenes on the UK Age of Ultron Blu-ray. These were passed by the BBFC and each scene will have Joss Whedon commentary. More...

August 30 2015

'Designing New Powers' - an Age of Ultron featurette. This focuses on Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch.

August 25 2015

Watch James Spader in his motion-capture suit for 'Age of Ultron'. The movie is out September 8th on digital HD platforms and Disney Movies Anywhere and released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 2nd in the US.

August 17 2015

Chris Evans wins Teen Choice Award for Age of Ultron. He won in the Movie Scene Stealer category.

August 16 2015

Best Buy has two Avengers: Age of Ultron Steelbooks for sale. There's an Ultron one and a Vision one.

August 04 2015

'The Avengers: Battle of New York' - the bystanders' story. It's the latest video in Machinima's Real Fake History series.
Mission impenetrable: are Hollywood blockbusters losing the plot? Phil Hoad decries the trend toward ever denser narratives in summer blockbusters.

August 03 2015

Editors from 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Ant-Man', 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Daredevil' on working in the MCU. This panel was from the American Cinema Editors' annual EditFest LA event, which happened last Saturday at The Walt Disney Studios.

July 24 2015

Trailer for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray. Catch a glimpse of deleted scenes and the gag reel. The Blu-ray will be out in the US on October 2nd. New clips from the movie can be found at, and

July 20 2015

Norwegian site lists Age of Ultron Blu-ray extras. No huge surprises but it's nice to see that Joss will be doing commentary for the movie and the deleted/extended scenes. More...

July 18 2015

Bugs in the system. "From 'Ant-Man' to 'Thor,' why does Marvel clash with its directors?" An attempt to answer the question: "...why, in a world of friends and heroes, do Marvel directors so often walk?"

July 17 2015

"Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Collection" Box Set to arrive this holiday season. The thirteen-disc box set will contain all of the movies from the MCU's Phase Two including 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in BluRay and Bluray 3D, plus digital copy, and a top-secret bonus disc, all packaged in collectible, specially designed disc holders, filled with exclusive Marvel memorabilia. This set is already available for pre-order on Amazon. More...

July 13 2015

Whedon gives definitive comment about "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Director's Cut. During the NerdHQ Q&A, Joss explained why there wouldn't be a director's cut. More...

July 04 2015

What video game should Rocksteady Studios make next? EW suggests The Avengers or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

July 03 2015

Composer Brian Tyler of Age of Ultron analyzes the music accompanying the title card. "The title card for Avengers: Age of Ultron comes up twelve minutes into the movie. Against a black background, the Avengers logo takes up almost the entire screen. You might expect a triumphant, heroic piece of music, but the film called for something more complicated."

June 27 2015

Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man. The parody we have all been waiting for!

June 24 2015

Jenny Agutter talks Avengers and the Logan's Run script she auctioning for charity. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The link to the auction can be found here.

June 22 2015

Supreme Court Justice names "The Avengers" as her favorite film. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is known in judicial circles as a pop culture nerd and to make a propos media references unfamiliar to the other justices. She names Joss Whedon's first Marvel film as her favorite film.
What's it like to be a second-unit director on Hollywood blockbusters? "John Mahaffie is a 40-plus year veteran of the film industry who worked his way up to become one of the world's leading second-unit directors for films requiring massive amounts of blockbuster action and CGI visuals. The A.V. Club spoke with him about filming Avengers: Age Of Ultron..."

June 17 2015

"Power Players" - the visual effects artists of Avengers: Age of Ultron. More great behind-the-scenes insights into the VFX used in the Avengers sequel.

June 16 2015

How The Avengers: Age Of Ultron should have ended. Part 2 found here because it's that epic.
Australia to get 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Blu-ray SteelBook. This will be out on September 16th according to the JB Hi-Fi site.

June 12 2015

Did you spot the Studio Ghibli cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron? To be specific, an appearance from 'Castle in the Sky'.

June 07 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is now the fifth highest grossing film of all time. So far the sequel has taken $1.348 billion worldwide.

June 03 2015

(SPOILER) Rumour: How Martin Freeman connects Avengers: Age of Ultron with Captain America: Civil War. As ever, take this story with a pinch of salt until official sources prove or disprove it.

June 02 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron becomes 5th film in history to cross $900M internationally. Globally the movie has made $1.327B, making it the sixth biggest movie of all time (so far).

May 29 2015

Set designs of deleted scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron. There's visuals for a Manhattan Park Memorial scene and a Wakandan mine as well. There's also 3D studies of the Quinjet and a Sokovian scene. Update Access to the site is now restricted.

May 27 2015

Hayley Atwell on Joss Whedon and how she came to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If your German isn't quite up to scratch then English translations of the SerienJunkies interview can be found at Google Translate and Microsoft Translator.

May 26 2015

Triple hammer time: 'Age of Ultron' and screenwriting structure. An article from Mxdwn, covering a lot of the cool things that the Age of Ultron script does right. Lots of spoilers if you haven't seen the film yet.

May 20 2015

Part two of HitFix's in depth look at Age of Ultron. In this second article Drew looks at some of the choices he thinks went astray.

May 18 2015

Cinematographer Ben Davis on the camera choices for Age of Ultron. Studio Daily chatted to Ben about the cameras he used for the movie shoots.

May 17 2015

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' opens huge in China. It took $156.3 million in its first six days. At the US box office this weekend, the movie dropped to third place taking $38.3 million. So far the movie has made $1.143 billion worldwide, making it the 8th highest-grossing film of all time.

May 15 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron crosses the $1 billion mark. It's now the 21st movie to do so.

May 14 2015

Part One of an in-depth look at Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first part of an in depth look at Age of Ultron from the ever thoughtful Drew Mcweeny. Spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet.

May 13 2015

Earth's mightiest monsters: The character arcs of Age Of Ultron. Badass Digest does a wonderful job explaining the delights you'll reap from a second viewing.

May 12 2015

The definitive feature on the VFX in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is a fantastic fxguide article on how the VFX studios were chosen for Age of Ultron and how certain scenes from the movie were carried out. It's a great read.
Watch a FX reel from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Method Studios has released VFX breakdown images (with commentary) and a FX reel from their work on the Avengers sequel. Update: The link is no longer available.
Helen Cho, Age of Ultron, and representation feels. A writer at The Toast talks about why the character of Helen Cho mattered so much.

May 11 2015

Meet the crack team that designed the technology in Age of Ultron. This is an incredibly interesting Gizmodo feature on the rationale for the screens and interfaces used in the Avengers sequel. Did you realise that each character had their own colour palette?
What Age of Ultron got right about Black Widow. An article on Salon concerning a controversial scene in Age of Ultron.

May 10 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron tops North American box offfice for the second weekend. The Avengers sequel took $77.2 million this weekend. So far the movie has made $875.3 million worldwide.

May 08 2015

17 ways Joss Whedon subverts Marvel and the Avengers in Age of Ultron. "The hallmark of any Joss Whedon joint, besides his usual lively ensemble banter, is the self-aware winks embedded within."

May 07 2015

Marvel releases Captain America: Civil War synopsis and cast list. Find out what to expect in the post-Age of Ultron era.

May 06 2015

Mark Ruffalo responds to Joss controversy in this Reddit AMA. A very eloquent and heartfelt response.
Age of Ultron/Final Countdown dance video parody. Shot in LA's Meltdown Comics, this music video parody assembles a cast of cosplayers from Geek & Sundry and Nerdist School.

May 05 2015

Black Widow's feminist heroism in Age of Ultron. Finally, a writer who actually gets it about Black Widow's character.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is the ultimate Joss Whedon movie. According to Screen Crush "The second outing of Earth’s mightiest heroes has more in common with an episode of Buffy than it does with its fellow summer blockbusters. It is, first and foremost, the work of an auteur." Spoilers if you haven't seen the sequel.
Age of Ultron: Consequences, Legacies, Killer Robots. Birth. Movies. Death. discusses the thematic structure of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

May 04 2015

Why Avengers: Age of Ultron fills this Buffy fan with despair. In the author's own words,"...I still can't square what I see in Age of Ultron with the pleasure I got from all seven seasons of Buffy... If we really are in a golden age of television, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a harbinger. Age of Ultron is the beginning of nothing; at best it's a leaden, heavy-spirited middle." More...
Age of Ultron: How much screen time does each Avenger get? Big spoilers if you haven't seen the sequel. Vulture did a similar screen time article for the first movie.
How physics explains Thor's hammer and Captain America's shield. This is kinda fun.
Joss Whedon on the big moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This half hour Empire Magazine podcast interview with Joss is the nearest thing you'll get to a director's commentary until the DVD comes out. Some of Joss' comments you will have read before but there's a lot of new material here (pairings, what Joss fought to keep in the movie, the cut scenes, the actual length of the original cut, the last line etc). A transcript can be found here (you'll see a lot of websites recycling the comments made in this interview).
Linda Cardellini on her super-secret Age of Ultron role. She didn't even tell her family about appearing in the movie. More...
The new "Avengers" is really about the N.S.A.. The New Yorker writes that the newest Avengers movie continues the question of appropriate national security measures.

May 03 2015

The Black Widow Conundrum. "Marvel accidentally made a great female superhero, and now they have no clue what to do with her." Covers a lot more ground than just Black Widow. Alyssa Rosenberg offers an alternative take on the character.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has second biggest box office opening ever. The movie made $187.7 million in its opening weekend in North America. So far the sequel has made $627 million worldwide. Update Now that the final figures are in, the movie actually made $191.3 million in North America with a worldwide take of $631.1 million.
Analysis of the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' ending. And if you're looking for discussion of the mid-credits scene then have a look at this article.
Scarlett Johansson on SNL - the Black Widow movie trailer. Via YouTube. Finally. More...
The reason behind Hawkeye's big secret in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Joss tells Buzzfeed why Hawkeye's secret "is among my favorite things we've ever done".

May 02 2015

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Easter eggs, trivia and comic references. More Easter egg articles can be found at, Den of Geek, MTV News and Spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.
Ultron's roots: we've been worried about robot uprisings for 200 years. Or so Vox claims.
What it's like to actually watch 27 straight hours of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Blast endures an epic viewing marathon so we don't have to. Vox has a similar article.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' scores second biggest opening day of all time. Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled in $84.5 million during its first day at the domestic box office.
The Avengers is Really That Good. In this episode of his new YouTube series, Boston Film Critic, Bob "MovieBob" Chipman examines how and why the first film has already earned "instant classic" status. More...
The 20 Joss Whedon-est lines in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which lines did you like the best?

May 01 2015

Avengers kicks off opening weekend in the U.S. with record Thursday. "The highly anticipated sequel came in with $27.6 million from evening shows which is significantly higher than the $18.7 million the first "Avengers" earned in 2012."
Why Joss Whedon cut The Hulk's best scene from Age of Ultron. As to what the scene was, we may never know. In a related note, you can find out why Joss cut Loki from the sequel as well.
(SPOILER) Discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron (part 2). The movie is now out in the U.S. So if you have seen it, come tell us what you thought of it. More...

April 30 2015

Joss Whedon: From 'Buffy' beginnings to 'Avengers' domination. LA Times does a short survey of Whedon's career.
Mark Ruffalo asks, "Where are the Black Widow products?". It's a good question.
(SPOILER) Age of Ultron: The most thoughtful film Marvel's ever made. Vox reviews Age of Ultron while noting its similarities to Firefly.
24 reasons Avengers & Masters of the Universe are the same movie. Not that there's anything wrong with that. A fun little entry in an ongoing series of trope analysis studies by Couch Tomato.
The Avengers Global Tour reel. As shared by Disney on YouTube.

April 29 2015

Jeremy Renner sings moving tribute to underrated Hawkeye. Renner sings a tribute to his Avengers character to the tune of a song by Ed Sheeran.
(SPOILER) The tragic history of Scarlet Witch, who will make her film debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some deep background on Wanda Maximoff, for them who could use it. More...
A review of the Avengers: Age of Ultron soundtrack. "With not just the two composers whose names are on the cover but also Alan Silvestri running all the way through it, it's a curious beast to say the least."

April 28 2015

Mark Ruffalo takes on the sexist questions. Promoting the new film with Scarlett Johansson in an interview with Cosmo UK magazine, the Hulk makes good on his earlier promise to deal with the banal questions usually directed to her. (YouTube)
(SPOILER) Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige talk to EW about super heroines and saying goodbye. I didn't really see any spoilers but better safe than sorry.
Pixar's Inside Out characters watch Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Corporate synergy at its most surreal.
Avengers: Age of Ultron predicted to break US box office records. "Industry estimates see the Marvel superhero team film easily kicking the first Avengers, which owns the highest domestic opening of all-time at $207.4M, aside with a bow of $210M-$230M."
(SPOILER) A guide to where Age of Ultron was filmed in the UK. Location manager Jamie Lengyel chatted to SFX about where certain scenes were filmed. There's some behind-the-scenes pics as well.
Elizabeth Olsen's appearance on "The Daily Show" last night. Video from the Comedy Central channel's Daily Show website -- no idea if this is accessible outside the U.S.
Avengers: Age of Ultron might be the finest realization of the Marvel Universe on screen. PopMatters says Joss "creates both a fully-immersive experience for fans, and an artistic comment on the experience of fandom in a world of mass medium popculture".
Joss Whedon's doomed struggle: "Age of Ultron" and superhero cinema’s decadent phase. Writer for Salon asks if the superhero movie has reached "a decadent plateau, a long-term steady state of self-nourishing bigness and reverberant meaninglessness." More...

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