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Film review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

World’s Mightiest Heroes return to the big screen to defeat Tony Stark’s newest and worst creation. Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader as Ultron.

Is it possible for Joss Whedon to top himself? Marvel’s The Avengers show that the dream of many comic book readers across the globe was possible. Whedon (known for Buffy, Firefly, X-Men comic books and even Toy Story) managed to give a superhero film suitable not only for fans of the characters but also to a wider and mainstream audience. The Avengers is arguably the best superhero movie of all time, or at least is up there with The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man. The first installment of The Avengers series and last movie in Marvel’s Phase One was a warm surprise that moved millions of people.

Now, Joss Whedon returns to writing and directing duties to bring a sequel for the World’s Mightiest Heroes with Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the opening, we see the Avengers machine working at it’s best. This opening is a reminder of why we love to see these people. It’s not only about the action, or because these heroes have cool costumes. It’s all about the characters and how they bounce into each other. What is attractive about these scenes, is the way they interact.


Forget introduction to the characters and the feeling many people – including me – got from the first movie, it felt that the actual flick started after the first 30 minutes. Age of Ultron starts full throttle since the first minute. The first act not only features the Avengers getting back together to fight against Hydra, also the new super powered additions are smoothly introduced during the first scene.

Things cool down after this first battle. The Avengers return to the HQ and Tony Stark comes back to work on his Ultron program, an artificial intelligence which is supposed to do the work of the Avengers. After Stark mess up, Ultron becomes self-aware and the robot decides that the only way to accomplish Tony’s purpose is to extinct all humanity and the heroes trying to protect it. Ultron wakes up in the HQ after the Avengers ended the celebration another victory and the rest is story (otherwise I would spoil essential plot points) Avengers: Age of Ultron is awesome.

Whedon delivers not only a great superhero movie. Age of Ultron works well as movie, period. The story is very interesting. The sequel has a lot of emotion and it’s very well written. Age of Ultron is a lot fun, but also a scenario where we see the heroes reaching the lowest point. Joss Whedon treats these characters like actual people. The Avengers are not rockstars, there’s a lot of things going on in their lives other than fighting what is ruining the peace on Earth. The flick features plenty of scenes where the team talk about news reports and how the people react towards the idea of having a team protecting the world. They’re damaged. Whedon does a great job at giving humanity to these characters, even to the main villain.


Ultron is more than great, is the best villain that has ever been in a Marvel movie. The new addition to the Marvel’s enemy gallery is not only evil, he is also funny, smart and sarcastic. The title villain is just incredibly dangerous and very interesting especially during his last scenes involving dialogue. Only flaw with the new enemy is the fact that his birth feels too rushed. Ultron is created in three days and he just appears. It feels like they are some missing scenes about the creation of the artificial intelligence. Also, some comic book fans may feel that Ultron’s daddy issues are missing from the film. However, that gets forgotten after fifteen minutes because thanks to clever writing, great direction and James Spader. The villain has plenty of great lines, some of them could be really quotable. This new stone in the Avengers shoes is portrayed as real life bad guy, almost like a real life dictator. He feels more like a person than a robot. Ultron delivers.

The movie introduces other characters, like: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and the synthezoid known as The Vision. The last one shines the most and has the potential to become a fan favorite. The Twins are great, especially Scarlet Witch. Only issue with these characters is the lack of explanation how they met Ultron, but a good thing about these two is that their motivations are well sketched. The metahumans are amazing when they’re working as the duo they are. Quicksilver in the other hand, is very comic accurate and one of the coolest characters that participate in the film. However, Aaron Taylor-Johnson by himself doesn’t have a lot to do with his character expect for having great scenes saving people and when he interacts Hawkeye. Pietro’s relationship with Barton is a big highlight from the film. They don’t have a pure friendship but they’re definitely not foes. These two hanging out bring some of the funniest and also lighthearted moments.


Speaking of Hawkeye, he has a lot to do in Age of Ultron. Audiences will know him better and he turns into one the central characters of the movie. It’s hard to imagine Age of Ultron without Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner has many to offer in this film as Clint Barton. Renner’s Hawkeye is what keeps our team grounded into reality, especially during a scene where the team is recovering from the attack of Ultron, Pietro and Wanda.

Other characters have their moments as well, like Captain America who finally is asuming the role as the definitive leader of the Avengers. Chris Evans manages to capture the essence of the beloved Steve Rogers from the comic book pages. Vision, like it was mentioned before, has all the potential to become a fan favorite. The characters lacks in evil, the Vision is innocent and portrayed as somekind of perfect being. Paul Bettany’s new character is extremely powerful, but very fun as well. Thor’s scenes where he is joined the Vision are very funny, just like the scenes he shared with Hulk during the battle of New York. The Vision is simply astonishing and he completely steals the show, even if the synthezoid comes late to the party.

Also, hints to Civil War are made during this film, in scenes where Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are constantly arguing. That’s another good thing about Age of Ultron, they keep bouncing into another and the dialogue given to these characters is fun to listen. The action is there and it’s exciting. But what really makes an Avengers movie is the team dinamic they have and how they act when they’re in group. A movie about these heroes just hanging could be fun. Whedon is great at giving personalities to every character there is. Joss writes everyone like a different being, with their own qualities. These heroes are like ingredients carefully added into a mix to get a nice meal.

That being said, there’s a bit of romance that involves two members of the Avengers, Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff. The relationship doesn’t work fine in the film. While the couple works well when they are in the middle of a battle, a normal day in the Avengers HQ feels a bit awkward. However, that awkwardness makes sense, because this two characters had many dark things going on in their past and they don’t want to get involved with each other.

While young fans may enjoy this new romance -which didn’t work for me – it means some of the other characters have to be pushed to the sides to give screentime to the couple. Even if that screentime is not too long, However, the characters that are being shoved like Captain America or Thor deliver amazing action. Joss Whedon directed action moments. There’s so much better scenes that one where Thor slams Mjolnir into Captain America’s shield into a bunch of Ultron minions. That’s saying a lot, because that is a great moment in the movie.


Age of Ultron adapts a darker tone than the first Avengers installment or any of the other films listed under the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the movie maintains the fun. While people may keep saying that this sequel is not as fun as the first movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a great time at the theatre. The party scene is very lighthearted, and the film keeps a nice atmosphere since the opening. It has just a great amount of drama, comedy, and action. The last thirty minutes involved the amazing fight everyone is waiting for. Marvel Studios bring something different that we have ever seen before and the heroes feel like heroes. The destruction is very well managed and, but what it’s important is how this battle makes them struggle. Their mission is not only to destroy Ultron, is to save everyone.

Joss Whedon, just like in the first movie, manages to write a great superhero flick that evolves into a wonderful third act. This time the movie is bigger and crazier. Fun. Exciting. The action scenes are amazing from beginning to end, while the dialogue is very good. There’s too much going on Age of Ultron, but it doesn’t feel convoluted. One scene takes it to another, and the story is very fluid and easy to understand even is some scenes that could explain more were cut from the final movie because the original film’s length passed the 3 hour mark. There’s way too many characters in the movie, but it’s nice to spend proper time with each one. Being with these characters for 2 hours and 30 minutes is a great ride.

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a 7.8/10.

Joss Whedon shot FX plates for Captain Marvel in Avengers: Age of Ultron

In a article released yesterday here on Geek Broadside we said that Captain Marvel was in fact not going to show up in the ending of Age of Ultron. Geek Broadside has been reporting that Carol Danver will appear in the final scene of the Avengers sequel. Devin Faraci from Badass Digest reported it first, I only heard from someone at Marvel Studios that she will be flying into the Avengers Tower at the end of the movie. However, I thought this wasn’t true and I completely ignored it. Anyway, that was the scene. Captain Marvel will fly into the Avengers HQ at the very end of the film, but Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon didn’t think this was right for the character or the fans of the films, who would be left confused when they leave the screening.


In another interview by Devin Faraci – this guy is killing it – Feige stated:

There were drafts that maybe people somehow got their hands on and read early on that included some characters – maybe others, but certainly one, which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…

[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before.

Thanos is the good ‘Who’s that,’ because he’s clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo – as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don’t meet in the last two seconds of Iron Man 2 wearing her costume – you evolve that going forward.

The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’

Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense – she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks.

They feed the intro into “another movie we start shooting in a few weeks”? That’s Captain America: Civil War, which will start shooting in three weeks. That seems like a confirmation, doesn’t it? Scarlet Witch will show up in Civil War.

Source: Badass Digest

Marvel can’t make a standalone Hulk movie

The rights to release a standalone Hulk movie are at Universal, the studio that previously released that 2008’s Incredible Hulk. The character can be in The Avengers and there’s the chance that he may appear in another movie. In a recent interview, Mark Ruffalo told Devin Faraci from Badass Digest:

As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.

Universal still owns the rights to release the standalone Hulk movies, but remember how Marvel Studios was able to take Iron Man and Avengers out of Paramount. Disney can just make a deal with Universal to have a new Hulk movie, even if it’s not as easy as it sounds. Just remember how hard it was for Marvel Studios to close a deal with Sony to produce an standalone Spider-Man movie and to add this character in movies such as Captain America: Civil War or maybe even in one of the Infinity War films.

Light spoilers from Avengers: Age of Ultron below, you can pass and read other article here on Geek Broadside.


In early drafts for Age of Ultron had the Hulk rocketed into space, this is what triggered many rumors about a new Hulk standalone movie based on Planet Hulk. However in his last scenes that made the final cut in Avengers: Age of Ultron have Hulk inside a Quinjet, very high above Earth. Devin Faraci also heard that Marvel wants to put the character in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but heard those plans are off the books. Who knows, maybe Hulk will join Starlord and his team for a movie,

Also, in a interview with IGN, Ruffalo said:

Well he’s going to space. Yeah, I mean there’s some talk of maybe Planet Hulk.

Now that we know that Planet Hulk, may not be possible while the character is with Universal, but having the big guy on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 can backdoor the idea for sure. James Gunn talks a lot of the work he is doing at Marvel and he spoke about which will be in the sequel and the ones who are not going to be present in the movie. Gunn never talked about adding Hulk into the mix, but maybe this is top secret and Hulk is in fact going to show in Guardians. Would you like to see the Hulk in Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

Source: Badass Digest

Marvel may already have a Captain Marvel

A very long time ago, we reported that Captain Marvel may show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron in the form of a cameo. Accorfing to El Mayimbe from Latino Review, Marvel Studios kept in secret the fact that they already have an actress locked in the Carol Danvers role for future MCU movies. If this information is true, audiences will know who Ms. Marvel (that’s how she is referred in the script) in May.


In the scoop, El Mayimbe has more to share. According to him, Marvel has brought in Jim Starlin as a consultant on the standalone Captain Marvel movie. Jim Starlin working on this is actually great news, this man brought Thanos, Adam Warlock and Infinity Gauntlet. Many people refer to Jim Starlin as the father of Cosmic Marvel, since the studio is making some of their stories more cosmic oriented and Captain Marvel is more set on space. Starling’s thoughts will be very valuable for Phase 3.

It’s very likely that audiences will see Captain Marvel before her stand alone film. Honestly, I just hope this actress is Emily Blunt or – for selfish reasons – Natalie Dormer.

Source: Latino-Review.

Twitter users unlocked the new Avengers trailer

It looks like we have a new great trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron after thousands of tweets. This morning, the Avengers Twitter account posted a mission for everyone out there on that social network: unlock the trailer.

After an hour or so, the fans were able to see the trailer. The account unveiled new footage and now you can buy your tickets on Fandango. Funny thing after visiting Fandandgo is that the film already has 5 stars. I know the film can be great, but calm down people, it hasn’t opened anywhere.

This trailer is insane, is better than any of the trailers ever released. Do you need something else to get excited about Age of Ultron?

The Avengers Age of Ultron poster is here

By: Marv Castillo

Before writing this article, I checked on Instagram to see reactions about the poster. Hype do blind people, right? Avengers: Age of Ultron is my most anticipated movie of 2015. I will see it 4 times. I will love it, I know it.

… but this poster is worse that poster for the first Avengers movie. It’s a photoshop mess. The Ultron minions on top of the poster are a good addition, but most of what we see looks bad. The greatest thing about this poster is that Danny Elfman is doing something, now I’m more excited about the film’s score.


I get that with this poster the marketing team is reminding general audiences that this movie is coming out, and that’s great, but movie posters are art too.

To the young – or some of the – Marvel Cinematic Universe fans (I know you only wait for the movies and never read comics). Be more critical. The fact that this poster contains your favorite characters doesn’t mean this is a good poster. Don’t say “Fuck yes!” to everything, you’ll get sick.

I know, I’m making a big deal out of this. I just want something cool to hang in my wall when I’m 30.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Fathead wall decalls

By: Marv Castillo

These look great. I dig the Hulkbuster looks really good. What for me is really special is that we get a better look at some of the costumes from the characters. You can see all of the posters at Fathead, i have some here that I really liked, but for more visit them, the link is the source.

Check out the Ultron wall decalls, he looks menacing. We are very close to this movie, how exciting is that? Avengers: Age of Ultronopens in theaters on May 1st.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans,Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany and Don Cheadle.

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Source: Fathead.

Avengers will reshoot in January, maybe this means Captain Marvel will be in the film?

By: Marv Castillo

Some minor spoilers from Avengers: Age of Ultron follow.

You have been warned.


Let’s go, you clicked on it and still reading…

Like we reported some time ago, Captain Marvel is in the screenplay of Avengers: Age of Ultron, one the most anticipated movies of 2015. Marvel Studios announced their Phase Three, and one of the characters that will be introduced into the mainstream superhero world will be Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel.


The cast will return in January to shoot more action scenes, but since Captain Marvel is in the screenplay, they can film her cameo. Joss Whedon an his team will be in Pinewood recording these new scenes.

James Gunn, the director who brought us an amazing adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the man that is currently working on the script for the sequel recently wrote in his Facebook page that no Danvers will show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Gunn wants Star-Lord as the only Earther in these movies, so Captain Marvel will not be introduced in that movie.

In the Age of Ultron script, Carol Danvers has a quick cameo at the ending of the film. It’s been widely reported by many sites that by the end of the movie Captain America will assemble a new team of heroes to keep the Avengers. This is a very smart way to introduce this new character to the audiences. Captain Marvel is definetly not a very well-known hero for the mainstream audiences and a blockbuster like Avengers: Age of Ultron is the right place to put this character in. Let’s cross our fingers and expect to see her cameo at end of the movie.

Source: Collider.

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer hits the web

By: Marv Castillo

Leaked, then Marvel gave up and just released it in their YouTube channel. The teaser was supposed to debut in a commercial brake in the middle of the next episode of Agents of SHIELD, but it seems the internet won again. I won’t lie, I wanted to see that on TV, I was waiting for the next episode of the Marvel series and just wait fot the trailer like in the middle of the Super Bowl, but it leaked… and it’s here.


B0mC9FPCQAA9CjuAbove you’ll see the teaser poster for the movie too. Any thoughts?

I’ll go first. It looks amazing. The visual are of course top notch, that is what I’m reading online, but what it’s so interesting about the movie is that the stories moves forward and the trailer shows that.

We see our new Avengers, Andy Serkis not playing Caesar and our first look at Ultron in motion, which looks fantastic and menacing just like I was expecting. Tension, destruction, action, drama. I can’t wait for May any longer.

Source: Marvel

Robert Downey Jr to co-star in Captain America 3

By: Marv Castillo

Yesterday Variety broke some big news. Robert Downey Jr will be present in Captain America 3. Remember that bunch of interviews he did that this site didn’t cover? There’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man movie. Wait, there’s is plan. Oh, wait, there’s no Iron Man 4 but he’s working in something insteresting with Marvel Studios. Downey Jr may not have a new Iron Man movie but he is basically co-starring in the third installment of the Captain America franchise, most likely called Civil War or Fallen Son. Speaking about titles, Marvel’s favorite title seems to be Fallen Son and this movie is probably going to face Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and set up one of the most beloved storylines in the Marvel Universe, Civil War.

According to Marc Graser,

The new pact is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.

Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in “Captain America 3,” providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth “Avengers.”

Robert Downey Jr, in fact wasn’t in the movie for a little cameo but his role in the film wasn’t very big. The actor asked for a more substantial role, so he can do something else with the character and of course, bigger role means bigger paycheck. Because of this request, Marvel Entertainment chief Ike Perlmutter ordered the screenwriters to take Tony Stark entirely out of the script. However, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Entertainment, continued talks and now Downey Jr is in final negotiations to star in Captain America 3 and Avengers 3.


Back in 2007 when I heard that they planning to an Avengers movie I said it was going to suck, how are they going to bring so many characters to the big screen? Well, I was wrong. It happened and it is one of my favorite movies. Now I trust in Marvel more than ever and the studio never stops surprising me. Everyone said that a Civil War adaptation wasn’t possible in any way, because of legal issues. Spider-Man is owned by Sony, Reed Richards and the rest of the Fantastic Four are in the hands of Fox. But it looks like we are getting Civil War, guys, just not the way is in the comics and I understand that.

Not everything has to follow the comic books, and this comes from someone who reads and loves comics. I know Marvel’s plans, I know what they want to do with this franchises and if you see it carefully, you’ll note that they’re not following the exact events and you don’t care about that right. The Infinity storyline is partially adapted but is not the exact same thing you read. What I want to see from Marvel Studios is what they are able to do with the characters they have. I want good stories, partially original. Surprises are good. I didn’t know what was going to happen in Guardians of the Galaxy  and it was one my greatest experiences in a movie theater this year. So, I hope Marvel’s big new plan is not to adapt Civil War page-by-page. We know they won’t.

Spoilers about the Age of Ultron film and the Civil War comic books ahead.

Marvel is looking the third Captain America movie as some kind of continuation to the events of Age of Ultron, is not really working as the traditional stand-alone film post Avengers like The Dark WorldIron Man 3 or The Winter Soldier. Captain America Let’s-pretend-it’s-called-Fallen-Son is The Avengers Age of Ultron 2.5, if you will. There’s a lot of destruction in Age of Ultron, and that will make an impact. Cap is not going to appear in Avengers 3. After the events of his third movie the MCU will be in a tough place that will keep going until Avengers 3. The heroes are defeated. Like I said, what happened after Let’s-pretend-it’s-called-Fallen-Son will affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

At the end of Age of Ultron, Tony Stark is going to retire from the Avengers, he feels guilty about what happened. Ultron was his own project and brainchild, and Stark feels responsible of the destruction the robot caused. Captain America in the other hand, makes his own team of Avengers. They haven’t shot this scene, and it could change, but the new team will be formed by: War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Black Widow, Falcon, and probably The Vision will be tossed there too.

The Russo brothers, directors of The Winter Soldier are Marvel’s favorites to take the mantle after Joss Whedon. I still believe that James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy will direct the fourth one now that it seems that Avengers 3 “splits” into two parts. Civil War is the perfect step forward in the established cinematic universe.

I don’t think they will be adapting Civil War just like it’s printed on page. Like I said earlier, Spider-Man belongs to Sony, but there’s the rumor that Marvel and Sony are in talks to bring Spidey to the team. Still, I don’t think it’s possible, or at least, I think they will have just the name of the character and they will recast. Why recast? The Amazing Spider-Man is not a beloved franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s movies are fresh in Rotten Tomatoes, and I know I spoke that the critic’s rating is not that important for your movie experience… but there’s a huge different between MCU and The Amazing Spider-Man. Marvel has to pick up the pieces of that franchise, Spidey lives in New York. The Avengers had the third act in New York. Ignoring what happened in Avengers, with that big alien invasion, in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man is not very smart. Pretending that Lizard-guy wanted to turn everyone into lizards sometime in New York, is dumb too.

Studios don’t have make-up sex this easy, Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably not going to happen and he plays a substantial role in Civil War. But! Sony needs money, Marvel and these people can agree on something and we can get Spidey in the movie, but don’t get too excited.

Civil War is a great step foward, like I said before, not only for the cinematic universe but for comic book movies in general. If they follow most of the things that happens in the movie just to make a bit more faithful for the comic book readers, they can kill Captain America like in the comics. Fallen Son sounds like someone is going to die, just saying.

Another thing, to wrap things up, in the comic books, the heroes reveal their secret identity. There’s no secret identities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so that should be changed for the movie.

Are we going to get Civil War? Marvel listen to their fans, believe or not. They read this stuff online to see your reaction. Maybe they are making this move because they heard it from the fans. I don’t think we are getting a complete adaptation of Civil War, but the fact that we are about to see one of the most famous storylines in the Marvel comic book in the big screen is very exciting.


Source: Variety.