Evans And Jackson Tease AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON; Black Widow Spotted On Set
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is dominating the worldwide box office, easily setting records for a movie release in the month of April. Riding high off that success, Marvel and the cast of the smash-hit film are starting to tease what happens when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assemble next year for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Stars Chris Evans, Sam Jackson, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss how The Winter Soldier sets up the Age of Ultron. As an added bonus at no extra cost, a new set video and a few pictures from filming in South Korea have popped up featuring Chris Evans in his new costume and Black Widow riding a motorcycle.
Speaking with BuzzFeed in a spoilery interview about the new film, Chris Evans teased how the ending of The Winter Soldier sets up some big things for the next Avengers, particularity the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. He told the site, “Marvel is getting crazier and more inventive with each film. But, ‘In Marvel We Trust,’ so when I was told this movie was the end of S.H.I.E.L.D., I knew it was going to be the beginning of something even more amazing.” His co-star Samuel Jackson was a little more open about how his character is being set up for future appearances. Jackson says of Fury‘s new mission, “Nick is retreating back to the shadow world. It’s this place that he and Natasha [Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow] refer to a lot, and it makes him a much more interesting character who won’t be instantly recognizable because of that.” The actor wen on to say that while he doesn’t play a large role in Age of Ultron, he’ll still be around though his section of the story won’t be following directly on from The Winter Soldier:
Avengers 2 is so huge, and having seen the tag, I don’t know there’s a real space for Nick in that scenario because everything is so extraordinary. When you come down to it, Nick’s an ordinary guy who knows how to bend extraordinary people to his will. The [Avengers sequel] is not about Nick and what S.H.I.E.L.D. is going through. We’re going to skip over him in an interesting sort of way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll show up, but it’s not to be an effective part of the plot or the resolution of the plot from [The Winter Soldier].
You can read the site’s full spoiler-filled article by clicking here. In an even more spoiler-filled interview with Vulture, the film’s writers talked about the decision to demolish S.H.I.E.L.D. and who exactly came up with it. As you can imagine, that decision was above Markus and McFeely‘s pay grade:
McFeely: That’s a Kevin Feige decision. A writer can’t walk in and say, “This movie’s not happening unless I take down S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but Kevin can walk in and say, “We think this might be pretty cool.” That gave us a lot of ways to go and opened up the storytelling, that Steve could have such an effect on the world. He doesn’t change as much as characters do — he’s sort of our Gary Cooper. The world does not change him too much — maybe we’ll try that in other movies — but in this case, it’s a success because he changes the way the other characters look at the world. And S.H.I.E.L.D. going down is part of that.
Markus: That particular decision came from Kevin, but there are a lot of mythology decisions in there that we pitched. The S.S.R. being under Camp Lehigh, Zola being in a computer down there — that’s all stuff that we pitched hard and eventually they said, “Let’s run with that.”
McFeely: They’re very open to ideas, and sometimes the weirder or more challenging they are, the more excited they get. They don’t want to stand still and they don’t want to be slavish to the comics. They want to create something that’s indebted to the comics, but not a one-to-one, panel-for-panel remake.
The duo were also asked a question that Kevin Feige has been getting a lot of lately- where the heck was Hawkeye? The duo make it sound like they may have actually considered it at one point, but it came down to which character served the story’s function the best. It just so happened it was Black Widow this time:
McFeely: It came up and we played with it, but we didn’t pick Black Widow out of nothing. She’s sort of the embodiment of the morally murky world we live in now, and we wanted to put her in stark relief with Cap’s point of view. If she’s serving that function, and she’s got the same job as Hawkeye, then we’ve got to find a reason for Hawkeye to be in it, and we don’t want to disservice anybody. You can take smaller villains and give them small roles — like Batroc has a 15-minute sequence in this movie, and that’s okay — but you can’t really do that with Hawkeye. So we couldn’t make that work.
Markus: There were various things we pitched that didn’t make it in, like before the missiles go off, Zola’s computer just stands up and walks away. We always wanted to get him in his robot body, but everyone was like, “He’s a talking computer. Can’t we leave it at that?”
You can read that spoilery interview in its entirety by clicking here. And finally, as promised, some more Avengers: Age of Ultron set pics and videos have popped up online. CBM’s MarvelFreshman rounded up a few Instagram videos and Tumblr posts from filming going on in South Korea. Black Widow‘s stunt double riding around on a motorcycle that just so happens to have Captain America‘s shield attached to the front. It seemed everyone and their mom got a chance to wield the shield for a brief time in The Winter Soldier, so maybe Cap lets his new buddy Widow borrow it for a minute. Thanks to Instagram user lowfunk for the video. Speaking of the Sentinel Of Liberty, a few new shots of Evans in his amazing new costume have popped up as well thanks to Tumblr user Geronimo is Cool. What do you think about the latest Cap spoilers and Ultron teasers?
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