KingArts coming for that HotToys crown
This is too dope, I want the storm trooper helmet
Yeah, eFX makes dope helmets. Their boxes alone take about a third of my storage space
Info Regarding AOU from a set visit by some folks at digital spy. I picked what I thought to be most interesting.
There are spoilers
1. The Science Bros are causing trouble. "Banner's been living in Stark Tower, and [he and Tony] have been working side by side," Mark Ruffalo shares. "Banner has his own lab now, he's doing work that augments Tony's work, that could lead to a horrible experiment going wrong…"
2. Not only are the locations real this time – they're also global. "The Avengers saved New York, but the Avengers aren't just about America," Latcham says. "They're here to protect this blue rock that we all live on."
Hence Age of Ultron's globe-trotting remit, which sees various strands of the gang show up in South Africa, Northern Italy (playing as Eastern Europe) and South Korea among other places. In preparation for one particularly spectacular set piece, producers asked the South Korean government for permission to shut down Seoul's equivalent of the M1 for two weeks. They complied."
3. New recruits Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) initially join forces with James Spader's Ultron against the Avengers, creating a very different balance of power than solo villain Loki. "Instead of Ultron giving a lot of speeches so everybody knows what he's thinking, it'd be nice if he had some allies," Latcham explains.
4. But the brother-sister duo have legitimate beef with one Avenger in particular. "Our characters have a lot of anger, especially towards Tony Stark, and we want revenge," says Olsen. "We meet Ultron, and he's someone who preaches peace and… believes what we believe, which is that the Avengers create destruction and that Tony Stark's bomb is responsible for killing our parents."
Unsurprisingly, their alliance with Ultron ends up turning sour, and Olsen reveals that "my character ends up really having to deal with her ignorance. A lot of problems that happen towards the end of the film are her responsibility."
"The story that Joss put together with these two kids is really sweet and poignant, and you really understand why they would start on this side of the line. It's a great journey that they go on, from being these rough and tumble kids in Eastern Europe who blame the West, and the Avengers for the plight, the power structure of the world that keeps kids like them down. Over the course of it they realize maybe the Avengers are here for good reason."
5. As trailers have indicated, there's dissent in the Avengers ranks too. Where the first film saw them begin divided and gradually come together, Age of Ultron begins with them united and gradually tears them apart thanks to Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's divide-and-conquer strategising.
(An aside for Buffy fans – to us, the arc of Ultron sounds not unlike that of season four two-parter 'The Yoko Factor' and 'Primeval', when Adam sought to distance the Scoobies from one another before they defeated him by reuniting into one super-being.)
"The larger threat individually isolates each of us," Chris Hemsworth explains. "It's quite a personal kind of threat, and Thor is potentially seeing the bigger picture here - he has a whole other sort of journey for a while, where he kind of goes 'Hang on, this is part of something else, I think'."
6. Much of the Avengers' problem boils down to their lack of a clear leader post-Winter Soldier. "SHIELD has fallen apart, so this movie becomes Tony Stark and Steve Rogers trying to put the Avengers together without a parental unit like Nick Fury hovering over them," explains Latcham. "What you realize is that these are guys who work best with rules, and probably do need some adult supervision."
And as anybody who watched the first film can guess, Tony and Cap aren't an ideal leadership pairing. "Tony has been paying for everything, designing stuff, building new toys, he's the benefactor of the whole thing. But Steve Rogers is very much in charge of operations and missions, he's the moral compass," Latcham goes on. "But how long can Tony Stark have someone else be in charge?" In other words, groundwork is being distinctly laid for the Stark vs Rogers core of Civil War."
7. Bruce Banner's Hulk-life balance has improved over time, "but it's still evolving," says Ruffalo. "I think he does feel more comfortable with himself and his relationship to Hulk, but that confidence definitely gets shaken during the movie."
The team has found a way to strategically deploy the Hulk, holding him back as a last resort "nuclear option" who doesn't get involved with fights unless absolutely necessary. "He's sort of left behind in waiting as the secret weapon, the nuclear bomb."