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May 11 2015

Helen Cho, Age of Ultron, and representation feels. A writer at The Toast talks about why the character of Helen Cho mattered so much.
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?

May 10 2015

What Age of Ultron got right about Black Widow. An article on Salon concerning a controversial scene in Age of Ultron.
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.

May 05 2015

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.
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.

May 04 2015

Age of Ultron: Consequences, Legacies, Killer Robots. Birth. Movies. Death. discusses the thematic structure of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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...

May 02 2015

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".
'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...

May 01 2015

The 20 Joss Whedon-est lines in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which lines did you like the best?
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.

April 30 2015

(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...
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.

April 29 2015

The Avengers Global Tour reel. As shared by Disney on YouTube.
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.

April 27 2015

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".
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...
Sesame Street's Aveggies in "Age of Bon Bon". Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn, and Zuchin-eye team up to save the world's vegetables from the evil Bon Bon.

April 26 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron makes $201.2 million at the international box office. "It was the number one movie in all the territories in which it opened, representing 55 percent of the entire international market, exceeding the first installment in the series by 44 percent in today's exchange rate, according to Disney's calculations."

April 25 2015

(SPOILER) An on-stage chat with Joss Whedon and Elizabeth Olsen! A nearly half hour long interview (video) about Avengers: Age of Ultron. No major spoilers, so it's safe to watch unless you're planning on going in knowing nothing.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron: Extended Edition? A report claims that Amazon UK sent out an email saying an extended edition and an alternative ending will be included on Blu-ray and DVD. It should be noted that there is no mention of these details on the Amazon site itself.
(SPOILER) Twenty-two questions about Age of Ultron answered. A lot goes on in the sequel so if you missed some stuff then here's this handy Den of Geek article. Needless to say, if you haven't seen the movie yet then you will be horrendously spoilt for it.

April 23 2015

"Avengers" - Regisseur Whedon: "Dafur hat Gott Roboter und Zombies erfunden". "For that God Has Invented Robots And Zombies". Interview with Joss Whedon on "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron" in German news magazine "Der SPIEGEL".
Wall Street Journal on the Marvel method. Joss discusses relative payout on Dr. Horrible and Avengers 1 & 2.
(SPOILER) Discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie is out now in various parts of the world. So if you have seen it, come tell us what you thought of it.
(SPOILER) Rolling Stone goes in-depth with Joss Whedon about the creation of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Several questions are similar from what was covered in other interviews, but other subjects are also explored, including how many drafts of the script were produced. Beware spoilers abound. And with IGN, Joss ponders the possibility of Marvel Studios ever adapting the 'Planet Hulk' storyline.

April 22 2015

Age of Ultron tipped to make a fair bit of money this weekend. According to Deadline, "prognosticators are suggesting a wide range on the international opening, from a conservative $160M on the low end to $200M-plus at the higher end". Though the German box-office performance looks to be lower than expected due to the boycott by smaller cinemas.

April 21 2015

(SPOILER) Empire Magazine gives Age of Ultron four stars out of five. The embargo is lifted and there's loads of reviews to be had. Variety called the movie "a super-sized sequel with surprising amounts of soul". The Guardian loved it and said Joss' "script is a thing of wonder". The Telegraph says Age of Ultron is "a pop culture sugar-rush". ScreenCrush went with "it reclaims the comic book part of the phrase "comic-book movie"." SFX also loved it and said it's "the first genuinely frightening entry in the franchise". More...
Brian Tyler talks 'Ultron' score, working with Danny Elfman. The composer talks about the "Ultron" score, Elfman's involvement, working on franchise films, and using other composers' themes.
'Leaked' Spider-Man post-credits Age of Ultron scene is fake says Joss Whedon. "Speaking at the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference in London, Whedon said: "Yeah that's not real. I don't know where that started. I don't know who came up with it."

April 20 2015

Joss Whedon's astonishing, spine-tingling, soul-crushing Marvel adventure! Buzzfeed has put online an incredibly good profile of Joss and his time with Marvel.
Scarlett Johansson would do a 'Black Widow' movie if Joss Whedon directs it. He "recently said Black Widow should star in her own film. "From his lips to Marvel's ears, I guess," Johansson said, laughing. "I'll do it if he'll direct it.""

April 19 2015

(SPOILER) Die Welt - Age of Ultron ist "Shakespeare plus Casablanca plus ganz viel Proteinpulver". English translations of the glowing review can be found at these Google Translate and Bing Translator links. Update The review is now offline.

April 18 2015

James Spader likes having dinner with Joss Whedon. There are a lot of these promo videos out there, but this one ends with a lovely quote: "I really love working with Joss. Joss is a wonderful, wonderful guy. And tremendous to spend an evening having dinner with."
Here's what Joss isn't doing next. Star Wars or Wonder Woman, more blank slate stuff, but some really nice quotes.
The Guardian profiles Joss Whedon. "I don't want to be done creating new universes."

April 17 2015

Throwback Thursday with the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast. #Gorgeous.
(SPOILER) A couple of Irish reviews for Avengers: Age of Ultron. says the movie "is pacey at its running length, funny when it needs to be, scary when it can be and not ashamed of what it is - an all-out comic-book blockbuster". And the Irish Examiner has some reservations but calls it an "enjoyable superhero feature, another impressive feat from Marvel". Update The reviews have now been removed due to the embargo.

April 16 2015

Number of movies left on The Avengers' contracts for the MCU. The article discusses how many more times we will see the actors in their current Avengers roles.

April 15 2015

(SPOILER) How Age of Ultron handles destruction better than Man of Steel. Joss talks with Vulture about the amount of city leveling destruction in comic films and what that means for the heroes in his film.
(SPOILER) 'Age of Ultron' score will be available on CD on May 19th. The score, composed by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman, will have a digital release on April 28th by Hollywood Records. Spoilers for the score track listing.
Joss Whedon's star-studded 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' premiere is "a little surreal". The spectacle of Monday's Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was a heroic effort to match a movie of such epic proportions.

April 14 2015

Yesterday's Avengers episode of Jimmy Kimmel reruns after tonight's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon and James Gunn on Female Superheroes and Hillary 2016. What they think will happen first: a female standalone superhero movie or a woman in the White House?

April 13 2015

The Avengers are on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It looks like ABC uploads the episodes after 2 weeks. Various clips are available here.
Watch the live stream of the Los Angeles red-carpet event for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron". Tonight, April 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm ET the stars and creators will arrive at the Dolby Theatre. A list of attendees can found here. And while you wait check out interviews with Joss and cast from Saturday's junket - beware spoilers. More...
Joss talks with Vulture about the difficulty of making Age of Ultron. "Is it perfect? It is not. Is it me? It's so baldly, nakedly me. To do something that is as personal as this movie is - on that budget, for a studio that needs a summer tentpole - is an extraordinary privilege."
Avengers: Age of Ultron runtime and UK rating are revealed. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) lists the sequel as being 141m 6s long and gave it a 12A rating.

April 12 2015

Watch an epic fight scene in this Age of Ultron clip. Clip 1 was shown during last night's MTV Movie Awards. Clip 2 shows a quieter moment. Clip 3 is a a group argument. Clip 4 is Spadertastic.
(SPOILER) Highlights of yesterday's Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference. Most of the actors, Joss Whedon, and Kevin Feige were in attendance. More recaps and highlights can be be found at HitFix and Nuke The Fridge.

April 11 2015

Joss Whedon on why he's not directing Avengers: Infinity Wars. These quotes are taken from an Age of Ultron preview at

April 10 2015

(SPOILER) Watch behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Plus there's a ton of on-set interviews to be had as well.
(SPOILER) If you're even the tiniest bit averse to spoilers, this EW article is a case of 'here be dragons'. You have been warned, it's very spoiler-laden.

April 09 2015

(SPOILER) First reactions to Age of Ultron hit social media. Marvel held a critic screening tonight in L.A. and N.Y. and the lucky viewers have been allowed to share their reactions on social media. The review embargo will end on April 21st at 2 pm pst. More...
Age of Ultron tracking for HUGE opening weekend. Deadline reports that tracking suggests The Avengers sequel will have one of the biggest openings in film history and possibly reach $200M. Update: Marvel has released the character poster for The Vision. More...

April 08 2015

(SPOILER) EW's Avengers issue - Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige reveal a few more details. This shortened version of Entertainment Weekly's article for their current Avengers issue contains several comments from Joss and Kevin, mostly confirming plot details hinted at in the trailers for the movie. There are more details about how Ultron is created.

April 07 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron won't have a post-credit scene. "There will be a tag, but there’s not a post-post-credit scene”. More...

April 06 2015

The final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not long now till the movie is out.

April 03 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Audi promo. Striking. Also tv spots 3 and 4.

April 02 2015

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' fun behind-the-scenes featurette. Saving the planet from super villains isn't always as serious as one would think.

April 01 2015

Two new actresses confirmed for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's unknown who they are playing, but they're big enough names to get rumors flying.

March 30 2015

Anthony Mackie on Age of Ultron - "By far the most stupendous film experience you'll have." He did a Q&A at the Emerald City Comicon at the weekend. The whole recap is well worth reading.

March 27 2015

(SPOILER) How Joss Whedon brought Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to the Avengers franchise. A nice piece from BuzzFeed which includes an exclusive video about the twins. A lot of new details about these characters and a few scenes they're in.

March 23 2015

Russo Brothers reportedly to direct Avengers: Infinity War films. After months of speculation, Joss will reportedly hand the Avengers reins over to The Russo Brothers.

March 22 2015

Five surprise heroes for "Avengers: Age of Ultron". Comic Book Resources speculates about which Marvel characters might show up in Age of Ultron who have not be shown in promotional media.

March 20 2015

Joss Whedon on Avengers: Age of Ultron cast. Marvel's The Watcher Lorraine Cink interviews Joss Whedon. Whedon hints at members of the cast not seen in the trailers.
Captain America: Civil War synopsis is revealed. Found out how it ties in with Avengers: Age of Ultron and how it might possibly impact on a third season of Agents of SHIELD.

March 19 2015

New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' extended tv spot. New footage. This looks fun.

March 16 2015

Marvel releases character poster for Age of Ultron's titular villain. Oh yeah.

March 13 2015

Age of Ultron character posters for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Yahoo! Movies got the exclusive.

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