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Writer and director Joss Whedon has sent out a Tweet (where he can be seen seemingly sitting in the Avengers’ Quinjet) confirming that shooting has officially wrapped on Avengers: Age of Ultron. It can’t be too long until a trailer now, can it?
What next? Well, there’s post production of course, but starting work on the third movie might not be the worst idea (for us fans at least). Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is set to be released on May 1st, 2015.
Marvel Studios has made its first official casting announcement for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s a major one–Emmy Award-winning actor James Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice) will play Ultron the primary villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to director Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which earned over $1.5 billion in theaters in 2012.
Spader, who has acted in many films including Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed Lincoln where he played William N. Bilbo, who played a key role in lobbying for the passage of the 13th Amendment, which banned slavery. The busy actor has also not forsaken the small screen, Spader is playing a key villain in the new NBC series, The Blacklist.
Joss Whedon has definite ideas about how he wants to change Ultron, the sentient robot who will be the main villain in Avengers 2. Created by Hank Pym (Ant-Man/Giant-Man) and imbued with the scientist’s brain patterns, the super sentient robot Ultron has a serious Oedipal complex as well as many powers in his comic iteration including superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, plus he can fly at subsonic speeds and repair himself when injured. His offensive repertoire also includes energy blasts and an "encephalo-ray" that can place its victims into a coma, but also allows Utron to hypnotize and control his victims.
Whedon plans to cut back on those powers in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. In a wide-ranging 10-page interview in the issue of EW that goes on sale on Friday, the director explained: "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests itself is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone (Scarlet Witch) who’s a witch."
Whedon told EW that he will have to be careful "to ground (Ultron) while still evoking that guy." But there is little doubt why Whedon chose to make Ultron the focus of the Avengers sequel, "As a character I love Ultron, because he’s so pissed off."
The latest "declassified" Level 7 promo video for Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. focuses on Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, the most well-known member of the cast of the ABC TV series that is slated to debut on September 24th. This one-minute clip does deal with the fact that Coulson apparently died in The Avengers, and, though the exact method of his resurrection is not specified, there is a look of shock on the face of an agent with Level 6 clearance who meets a very much alive Coulson, who welcomes him to Level 7.
At the Marvel TV panel at the New York Comic Con Joss Whedon appeared via video to announce that he and Marvel are developing a live-action S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, and that Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel movies (and shorts), will be, according to Whedon, "headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was."
No word on how Coulson, who made an appearance at the NYCC panel, will be brought back from the dead (it certainly appeared that Loki dispatched Agent Coulson to his final reward in The Avengers). Marvel’s Jeph Loeb would only say that Joss Whedon was writing the script for the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot with his usual crew that includes his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen.
ABC has already ordered a pilot episode of the new Whedon-penned S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. If there are no major problems with the script, it could possibly go into production early in 2013 and make the next “pilot” season.