In what seemed like a sure thing has quickly turned into a resounding no from the writer and director and broken the hearts of many of us who were looking forward to a director’s cut of Marvel’s second outing with it’s super hero team. It was pretty much confirmed by anyone who watched the movie, at least those who pay attention to things like this, that the movie was unbalanced. While I really enjoyed the film it was very clear that Marvel, once again, had pulled an Iron Man 2, and crammed too much “look what’s coming moments” instead of focusing more on the story at hand and the film suffered because of it. Fans began supporting the idea of a directors cut so they could see the movie as originally attended before it was chopped away in the editing room, but nerd God Joss Whedon has killed all hope.
“It has always been my ambition never to do a director’s cut of anything, and always to make the movie with the studio that we both want to make. Ultron was very complex. There was a lot of back-and-forth. My instinct is no.
I don’t think there’s interest in it, right now. You’ll see a bunch of stuff on the DVD in extras that were meant to be there. But the narrative came together very close to the way that I hoped it would, and I don’t think it needs me to constantly tweak it. I feel you put something out, and there it is.
If I tell a story, I want that to be the story I told. Ultron may have some transitions that I’m not 100% on board with. It’s also one of the most ridiculously personal things I’ve ever put on screen. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity and supported it, I’m very happy and very proud of everybody that worked on it. I don’t feel the need to go in and fix.”
While I understand his stance, I also feel he’s wrong, because this was not your usual Joss, he doesn’t leave so many plot threads hanging in his other work, and the film itself moved a bit too fast when it first started, then you have the entire scene with Thor in the cave that just came out of nowhere and disappeared just as fast really lent nothing to the main story. Like I said, I really enjoyed the film but I can put that aside and realize that the film definitely had some problems, maybe those deleted scenes will add more of what we needed and fill that void of the director’s cut.
It’s really hard to believe that about eight years ago we were sitting on the outside of what Marvel was building and thinking to ourselves, ‘this will never work’. I remembered hearing that Marvel has taken out a very large loan to start up their own studio to make their own movies. I never believed it was possible to have the cinematic universe fruitful and growing right before my eyes and yet here we are, on the ending of their second phase. Each of the characters who has had their own movies brought us through their stories until they collided into Joss Whedon’s second film in The Avengers films.
Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen (at least in the movie world) it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on the arms dealers, mad scientist, and anyone else who would carry the torch of violence and destruction and look to enslave humanity. During a raid of a Hydra facility looking for Loki’s scepter from the first film. Tony takes the scepter and with the help of Bruce Banner begin to create an artificial intelligence that takes the form of Ultron, a program designed to be a “suit of armor around the world” that Tony feels is the first and last line of defense against another alien attack. Ultron very quickly realizes that the extinction of the human race is the best way to save the planet and begins to put his plan into effect. Ultron recruits the Maximoff twins, Pietro and Wanda played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen who gained their powers of super speed and “being wierd” by being experimented on by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) who aid Ultron systematically pick apart The Avengers.
There is so much in this movie, it’s packed with new characters, amazing actions scenes, and huge set up for the upcoming sequels and the massive two part The Avengers: Infinity War. Everything about this movie is bigger, as you’d expect from a sequel of the magnitude, but Whedon did stayed true with his promise to make the sequel painful and more personal. He doesn’t waste any time showing you how the they all operate as a team and why they are so feared by anyone who stands in their way, something that is excellent set-up for the Civil War plot line that will be unwinding in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
One of my favorite moments wasn’t just the Hulk vs Hulkbuster, which was pretty amazing and allowed me to share a tender moment with my step-son as he turned to me with the biggest smile as the two began to square off. It also wasn’t Captain America taking on Ultron by himself, which was pretty amazing, or how Whedon showed the team working together as a tight unit in several actions scenes that I can’t wait to watch over and over again when it comes out on Blu-ray. No, my favorite bit out of the entire film is was Hawkeye’s back story, (which I won’t spoil) which comes out of nowhere but doesn’t feel forced or out of place. In fact out of everything in the film, this is the bit that fits perfectly. It’s beautiful and completely unexpected but provides a nice insight to some of the other characters who are internally battling where they fit in the normal world.
Despite all my praise, I do have some issues and this movie is far from perfect. While I did enjoy the action and loved how they managed to step everything up but make it fun, you can tell the movie was shredded all to hell in the editing room, which had me worried when Joss’s original cut came in around 3 1/2 hours and he bragged about how one of his main goals was to make Avengers 2 shorter then the first one. There are scenes and lines that have been cut from the trailer (which is something I hate) and the movie has to move extremely fast to hit it’s plot points so everything feels a bit forced as far as the plot in concerned.
There was also a lot of setup for other characters in other films coming out and there were moments where it felt that scenes were missing that lead up to where the heroes and villains colliding. There is a few scenes where Thor has a vision and decides to look into what he had seen in Asgard, which if anyone remembers Thor: The Dark World (SPOILERS) Loki has taken over as King of Asgard, under the guise of Odin. It’s not fully explained how Thor is able revisit his dream, he just tells us he has to jump into some pool of water in a cave, he jumps in, and suddenly see’s what we’ve all known is that someone *cough Thanos cough* is after the Infinity Stones.
I’ve heard many complain on how quickly Ultron actually became Ultron and why I don’t have a problem with this considering he’s a program that doesn’t have to eat or sleep, I do feel that there were a few scenes missing to really flesh him out as well, but James Spader kills it as the murderous android and has managed to put himself up there with Loki and Wilson Fisk, as one of the great villains, something Marvel severely lacks in otherwise.
I really, really enjoyed the film and I highly recommend going to see it but I am warning you, if you are new to this series, this isn’t the movie to start, much like WB did with the later Harry Potter films, if you haven’t been on board since the beginning, don’t look for the movie to take the time to catch you up and while this doesn’t have the awe the first film had of the team getting together nor the emotional punch many were expecting, it is outstanding achievement in the blockbuster scene and fun film.
For those who don’t remember, Joss Whedon’s career almost took an entirely different turn when he was tasked with writing and directing a Wonder Woman movie. It didn’t pan out, the movie was shelved, forgotten, and then suddenly Joss Whedon was called to write and direct The Avengers and the rest was history. After The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon has said he plans on doing other things and has said he wouldn’t mind directing another super hero movie, even if it’s a DC one to which he touches on.
“Sure. I’d be like ‘I have all these joke ideas.’ And they’d be like ‘No, we don’t do that here,'” he teased, before adding: “I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. I was a Marvel kid growing up, but I was always DC-curious. And I see myself on the spectrum in between.” A new Batman movie is expected at some point in the next few years, with Ben Affleck returning as Batman. While Whedon wouldn’t be my first choice to helm a Batman movie, I do find the idea intriguing, but…what about Wonder Woman? Joss doesn’t have any plans on trying to take her away from current director Michelle MacLaren. “I don’t care who she’s seeing now. We don’t talk much. And I wish her well! I worked really hard on that movie and it meant a lot, but I don’t know if what I was trying to do would fit in with what their vision is. I’m excited to see it so I just want them to make it so I can see it!”
I admit it would feel weird to see Whedon defect to DC but I’m also interested in seeing what he’d do, but if I had a choice, I’d prefer he stay with the universe he helped build.
One thing that always irritates me is the rant of a fan boy who isn’t happy with something. Whether they’ve changed a costume, a character’s hairstyle, I’ve constantly had to hear from one person how upset he is that Hank Pym isn’t creating Ultron in the lastest Avengers movie and honestly, does it really matter?
When the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer hit last week I was excited because we were finally getting the two iconic characters together in one movie AND they were going to fight…and for some reason that just wasn’t enough for anyone as the threads began to fly of how horrible the movie looks (it doesn’t) how terrible a Batman Ben Affleck is going to be (worse then Clooney?), I couldn’t believe how many people were pouncing on a movie that is just under a year away from being released, then nerd god himself, Joss Whedon, explained that can’t wait to watch the two DC icons duke it out.
“I found [the trailer for ‘Batman v Superman’] interesting,” Whedon told Yahoo Movies, “Because they’re bringing up a lot of issues that we bring up in ‘Age of Ultron’ and I think it’s inevitable. People with power, who are good, do not always agree and it makes perfect sense for me that [Batman and Superman] would fight,” Whedon told Yahoo Movies. ”And besides… Batman and Superman are gonna fight! I’m so excited! I’m so excited!”
It’s nice to see such a huge figure head in the Marvel world ecstatic about another comic book movie and show some enthusiasm for another film maker instead of tearing him down.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
Meet Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once again with a new preview for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters May 1!
The world has yet again been set to blaze with the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and with it Marvel is finally releasing their actors from their death grip and allowing them to speak out about the obvious blockbuster. Chris Hemsworth gave a pretty lengthy interview as Thor in the super hero sequel.
“Coming off of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ I couldn’t wait to read this,” recalls Hemsworth. “I just loved how it upped it in a way that wasn’t just bigger and flashier. Everything had been amplified, but in an intelligent way. All the stories are relevant to what’s going on in the world, as far as the exponential growth of technology and artificial intelligence, and then [you add] the questions of good versus bad and the AI world.
“He’s [also] managed to bring all of the Avengers back in and give them a relevant reason to be there, [with a] justified conflict. I mean, it’s a tricky balance. I’m glad I’m not the one writing the thing and having to pull that off.”
Thor’s relationship with his brother Loki, but now it seems like he’ll have more a brotherly relationship with his team members and how
“We pick up with Thor having stayed on Earth from ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ establishes Hemsworth. “He’s part of the team. This is his home for the moment. The initial attack from Ultron is personal because it’s at all the Avengers, and Thor then begins to see a bigger sort of picture here about what this threat could be potentially. And it begins to tie in to all of our films. It’s hard to say too much without talking about what I can’t talk about.
“It would be easy to fall into [a model of], ‘They’re all just there because we’re all contracted and [we] look cool if we’re standing in the same room.’ I kept saying to Joss, ‘Okay, what do I bring to the table, besides Thor being one of his foot soldiers and the muscle and the fight scenes? What is his knowledge he can bring to it? What information can I bring?’ So [Thor] calls upon some of his guardian knowledge and is able to go into another realm to pull out some information that’s hugely useful [and] certainly benefits where they are at that point.”
While The Avengers have grown more of a brother-in-arms bond since the last movie doesn’t mean some of our heroes won’t still butt heads.
“We’re not as conflicted [as a team] as we were before,” promises Hemsworth. “[But Thor] has a pretty solid battle with Iron Man in this one, which is cool. It’s a lengthy fight scene of destruction.”
Hemsworth also added that Thor begins to believe that The Avengers, who are facing a larger threat than ever before, either as a team or individuals, in the form of Ultron, that it may be too much for them to handle. Which is interesting, since this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the God of Thunder have doubts.
“I think he openly admits he doesn’t think we can win this one,” admits Hemsworth. “The threat is so great that all of them are scratching their heads wondering if this it. It’s just an onslaught, and it doesn’t stop. It’s a floodgate, and it could also set in motion is an even bigger threat. I think that’s what Thor’s stuck on, or where his attention certainly is. An even bigger picture of Thor being from Asgard where he can just say, ‘Hang on, there’s a whole universe here which is signaling something else.’”
At the end of Thor: The Dark World Thor left Asgard to protect Earth and his time in our world has also given him a new layer which is dramatically different this his uptight warrior from Thor and The Avengers, one that Hemsworth happily embraced.
“He’s loosened up a bit,” Hemsworth says of his character. “This time there’s more humor in Thor, because he’s been on Earth, [and he’s] a little more accessible now. He’s off Asgard now, so he doesn’t have to be as regal and kingly as he is in that world, which is nice. I enjoy that more. Here you can have a gag with the guys and he can throw away lines and be in a party scene with them in civilian clothes.
“I walked on set [for] a party scene, and I was in a nice coat and jeans, and the guys just kept joking, ‘When did Thor go shopping? Did he buy this online or did Jane do it, or did he actually go shopping?’ The question’s raised because he’s not dressed in his own guardian attire. He’s more human in the film, definitely.”
Another source of friction comes from some of the new characters introduced in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Adding the super powered twins helped to keep them from falling into too much of a familiar rhythm, in Hemsworth’s eyes.
“It shakes things up,” he elaborates. “In the individual films, you get comfortable. You get into a rhythm or a routine, and you think you know it until there’s a challenge and you think, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s right, there is another option here.’ We keep changing it and mixing it up. This new cast breaks the familiar rhythm that we may have and makes it a bit more unpredictable. We’re lucky, to actually want to come back and work with these guys and hang out again and pick up where we left off is a pretty special thing.”
In one sequence, the Scarlet Witch unlocks a number of the Avengers’ worst fears, plunging them into a nightmare world—something that will help open Thor’s eyes to the larger threat.
“I think [the Avengers] will begin to have their fears held up in front of them,” promises Hemsworth. “For Thor, I think it’s a corruption of power. Trying to have the understanding that we’re in this endless battle here and wondering when this is going to end, and how does it end. That’s where he really starts to kind of move through the story. Once that dream occurs, he can see what’s coming. It’s a ticking clock.”
Sounds exciting and I just can’t wait. May 1st needs to hurry up.
It’s no wonder Joss Whedon has taken himself out of the running for directing Avengers: Infinity War. He’s stated before how hard it is to make these films and strapping himself down to a two-part epic like Avengers 3 & 4, can be daunting. He also said you don’t try to outdo the first Avengers by going bigger, you go deeper, more personal…and that seems to have dramatically changed.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron got larger than the first film,” Whedon says. “I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.”
With the Marvel Studios films jumping genres – Captain America: The Winter Soldier being a spy thriller, and Ant-Man looking like a heist film – Whedon describes Avengers: Age of Ultron a s a sweeping adventure that encompasses several other genres.
“To me, adventure film is the best way to put it,” he says. “Then science fiction, action, western, war, woman’s picture, horror movie … I’m not kidding; every single one of those things is in there.”
I like it. Everything about this movie looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the finale product on screen. I love how Marvel is repeating what they did last time and just showing the same stuff over and over again so that we can actually be surprised in the theater.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1st, 2015 in the states.
For those of us who are patiently waiting for the followup to the billion dollar blockbuster the wait is almost more then we can handle. The Avengers was a true summer movie, one of the few in my adult life that I went more then once to see in the theaters…four times to be exact, and I’m holding more of the excitement then I had for the first one because of the villain, Ultron, the sentient cyborg (who terrifies me about as much as Apocalypse) created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner (at least in this movie, the original was created by Hank Pym and still might be from what we know about Ant-Man.) Whedon opened up about Ultron’s weakness in the film and how they had to change him from his comic counterpart.
“Yeah, I did,” Whedon replied when asked by Empire if he played around with Ultron’s powers and capabilities. “The powers in comic books – they’re always like, ‘And then I can reverse the polarity of your ions!’ – well, we have to ground things a lot more. With Ultron, we have to make him slightly less omnipotent because he’d win. Bottom line. Also, having weaknesses and needs and foibles and alliances and actually caring what people think of him, all these things, are what make him a character and not just a tidal wave. A movie about a tidal wave can be great, but it’s different than a conflict between one side and the other. When Ultron speaks, he has a point. He is really not on top of the fact that the point he’s making has nothing to do with the fact that he’s banoonoos. And that he hates the Avengers for bringing him into this world, and he can’t really articulate that or even understand how much he hates humanity. He thinks he’s all that. That guy is very fun to write. He combines all the iconic stuff. The powers he has are slightly different – he can control certain things, he’s not just firing repulsors.”
Another new addition of powers to the mix in the film is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, whose origin Whedon says will be just present enough to not bloat the movie which considering the movie is packed with the original team, new villains, and several other characters that have just recently been announced.
“They have an origin but it’s largely described. They’re already good to go by the time we’re up and running. You don’t want to fall into Spider-Man 3 territory – and I say that as a guy who actually thinks pretty well of that movie, there’s some great stuff in that movie – but there comes a point where you’re overloaded with frontstory, backstory, origin story and it becomes very hard to juggle. My instinct is always, ‘Don’t put in more, work with what you have.’ But I insisted on putting in more in this movie because I felt I needed more villains. I needed someone for Ultron to talk to, and I need more trouble for the Avengers. As powerful as Ultron is, if he builds more Ultrons, they’re Ultrons. There’s no reason for him to ever to talk to them because they’re him. ‘I need you to – I KNOW! I AM TOTALLY YOU! I DID IT EARLIER! I know that because I am also me.’ That’s not a good conversation. Actually, it sounded pretty good there. I think I’m onto something.”
I am beyond excited for this movie. How about you?