Kevin Feige Talks ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE And James Spader’s Take on ULTRON
While Avengers: Age of Ultron hasn’t even begun actual filming, it doesn’t mean that fans aren’t as excited as ever to see the sequel tot he third highest grossing film of all time hit theaters next year. To kick things off, Marvel has put together a special that will air Tuesday night. Assembling A Universe will examine the process that Marvel took to put together one of the most unique group of films ever put together with their cinematic universe. Along with that, the special will give viewers a look at brand new footage from the highly anticipated Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as their new space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. While those features will certainly be awesome, it’s the information they will reveal about Age of Ultron that has fans the most excited.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked with Movies.com about what to expect in regards to what we may see in tomorrow night’s special and it’s exactly what they’re advertising.
“They’re advertising it as a first look, and that is an honest statement,” he told us. “We don’t start filming for another week and a half, so you’re not going to have a lot of first-unit footage because it doesn’t exist yet. But you certainly get more than just a peek at some of the new fun things we have in store.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m giddy like a school girl to see what they have on tap for all the upcoming projects. Let’s jump back to Age of Ulton for just a moment, however. When James Spader was revealed to be playing the big robotic baddie known as Ultron, I was ecstatic about the idea as I knew he’d bring a new level of evil to the role and make him as imposing as you could ever imagine. Feige also talked about the approach that Spader and director Joss Whedon were taking with the character, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
“I think people are going to be very, very excited to see what we’re doing with the voice that Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron. We love Ultron from the comics, and have always loved Ultron, and at no point do we want him to just be a robot. We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job. Again, for us it’s always about subverting expectations. Whenever you think you know what’s coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron.”
The idea of Spader playing a comic book villain is nerdgasmic to me and I can’t wait to see what he and Joss Whedon have in store for fans. While we wait for all this awesomeness to unfold over the next year or so, be sure to tune into ABC tomorrow night to catch Assembling A Universe, which will no doubt be a great special. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will arrive in theaters in just a few weeks, with Guardians of the Galaxy flying into theaters this August. Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters next summer.
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