‘Avengers: Age of Ultron': The Shocking Death of JARVIS
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Age of Ultron pits Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye against Ultron, a genocidal artificial intelligence designed to protect the world. Jackson’s Nick Fury is the ultimate father figure, struggling to hold together the superhero team he assembled as they face Ultron (James Spader) and a set of evildoing twins: Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver. After millions of people copped it during the Avengers’ battle with Loki and the Chitauri invaders at the end of Joss Whedon’s first film, it’s likely superpowered that beings won’t be flavour of the month in the sequel.
Trailers suggest that Iron Man, aka Stark, invents robot warrior Ultron as part of a revived peace programme to allow his newly-formed team to enter early retirement. For starters, that romance hinted at in the trailer between Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk alter ego, Bruce Banner, is real. What a movie earns is what a movie earns, regardless of whether other films earn more or less or how much the somewhat similar films earned last year in the same general release date. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up for another cover, while another features Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). As tends to happen in these instances, the all-powerful artificial intelligence develops a god complex and decides the only true way to end war is to eradicate all forms of human life.
Third of all, these posts will be separated into specific categories, and if you disagree with the category I’ve chosen well, you’re just going to have to find a way to forgive me. Which leads this death-dealer to give birth to a new form of life—the gentleman you finally see in all his glory before you, Paul Bettany’s The Vision.
I am not remotely saying that any of these films will bomb, but merely that they are less of a sure thing than Jurassic World even if their aspirations are about as high. Definitely, he’s living in a Universal horror film,” Whedon tells EW before looking at the recorder and whispering: “—don’t sue!” Those who know The Vision from the past five decades of Marvel Comics know that he’s a synthezoid—not exactly a machine, but a hybrid form of artificial life crafted by Ultron, using the brainwaves of Wonder Man and the android body of the Human Torch from the 1930s Golden Age of the comic book universe. (A robotic version of the character, that is, not the better-known Johnny Storm version from The Fantastic Four.) In real life, The Vision was literally built on the remains of an older hero of the same name: a kind of alien cop created for Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (Nov. 1940) by writer Joe Simon and artist Jack Kirby. Ultron could yet be the most crowded comic-book epic of all time, with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner … breathe … Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L Jackson all set to make appearances. “It is a nightmare,” Whedon told UK magazine SFX. “This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off. “They’re very disparate characters. Every additional dollar that Kingsman: The Secret Service earns for 20th Century Fox (approaching $400m worldwide) is music to the ears of Warner Bros. as they hold their breath for this long-gestating reboot/sequel/whatever. Using Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) scepter for human experimentation, Strucker gives the twins the gifts of magic and speed. “Von Strucker was working on a lot of stuff, including robotics,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says. “Tony realizes, ‘[Those robotics] might be able to help me get over the hump of some of the A.I. stuff I’ve been working on.'” After combining their technologies, Ultron is created.
So the $150 million questions are this: Will general audiences look at the marketing materials for Mad Max: Fury Road and see a wild-and-crazy demolition derby action adventure film that happens to be a fourth installment of George Miller’s groundbreaking franchise? In a new interview with Elle, the 34-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star says her 1-year-old daughter has already developed her own signature style. “She dresses really simple, and she’s not really a fussy dresser except for every morning and says ‘shoes,’ and has to put on a pair of shoes,” Kim tells the mag. “She just discovered backpacks so she love to put them on. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air.” In the trailers, Iron Man suggest there’s “no way we all make it through this”, and Whedon has also hinted that some of his characters won’t get to the end credits. She had a big pink poodle [backpack] that her friend sent her, and she loves sandals, so she was wearing these really, like, wild sandals…So I think she does gravitate towards really simple things, but she loves accessories.” “She really does love it all.
Some have suggested the shot of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor waking up in water in the second trailer points to the Norse god’s reincarnation in Valhalla following a fatality on Earth. She loves makeup,” Kanye West’s other half dished. “Every night we play, after her bath, in bed, and you know my purse is always kind of by my nightstand, so she always says ‘purse!’ So she grabs my purse, and that means she wants my makeup bag, so I give her my makeup bag and it’s empty. Whedon won’t be directing The Avengers: Infinity War parts one and two; that task has been handed to Captain America: The Winter Soldier film-makers Joe and Anthony Russo. But the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse will want to go out with a bang after delivering Marvel’s first $1bn (£682m) movie and the standard bearer for ensemble superhero films.
The question is whether or not the allure of a somewhat mysterious adventure along with genuine movie star George Clooney be enough to make an impact in a summer of sequels and reboots? The Avengers was so sharply written that it forced rival sagas such as 20th Century Fox’s X-Men to significantly up their game, and inspired Warner Bros to build an entire cinematic universe around its rights to DC’s rival Justice League team. The good news is that the Disney brand will mean a lot, and the media will likely treat this one with kid gloves because we all adore Brad Bird and want the director of The Iron Giant and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol to score again. She just loves the process, she could not be more ultimately girly-girl.” As for her own style, Kim says being a mother has made her feel more confident and bold with her fashion choices. “I mean at the beginning, when you’re losing your pregnancy weight you don’t really know how to dress, so that just doesn’t count.
The answer, revealed last June in EW, is unequivocally yes. “It’s not coincidence,” Whedon said, although he wanted to keep the character under wraps for a while longer. Because after Super 8, Interstellar, Jupiter Ascending, and Chappie I am tired of having to play the whole “I didn’t like it, but you should totally see it in theaters because it’s a big budget original fantasy film” card. That’s why, only a month from release, we’re finally seeing The Vision in full, after just a teasing glimpse in a recent trailer of his face and the solar jewel that helps give him power.
J.A.R.V.I.S. and The Vision were a big part of that. “I remember pretty clearly a conversation we had on the set of the first movie, about how Ultron related [to] the other A.I. we had established in the movie [J.A.R.V.I.S.], and how that could relate to The Vision character,” Feige said. “We had presumed it from early on—and the specifics of the story and all that stuff is where Joss started.” So now, instead of just recording a voice, Bettany is a full-bodied being in this Marvel film, capable of flying and altering his density to pass through solid objects. He sports the familiar purplish-red skin of the comics character, but this time that surface is lined with strata—like something from a 3-D printer. Stewart, looking beautiful and androgynous with slicked, cropped locks and minimal makeup, is featured in a series of shots that have her playing photographer.
It’s not Kristen’s first Chanel rodeo: The actress has been a brand ambassador since 2013, when she was tapped for Lagerfeld’s Paris-Dallas Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection campaign, and is frequently cited as one of the designer’s coveted fashion muses. But instead they’ve done something a little nuts, which is a Back to the Future II style redo, where familiar beats from the prior two (three?) films play out from new points-of-view and under new circumstances. But EW can reveal a little bit about Ultron’s “no strings on me” escape—and how J.A.R.V.I.S. becomes this new superpowered creation, who (at least at first) serves his father and master, Ultron.
Skydance and company have taken the path of most resistance, and the resulting film runs the risk of annoying the hardcore fans and the general moviegoers and ending this “new” franchise before it begins. This may not be the last time we see Kristen behind the camera: The star recently revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that her ultimate career wish involves stepping in the director role. “Truly, my ‘one day’ was always, ‘I’m gonna be a director! The Ultron program has been consuming every element of human knowledge, and has reached the conclusion that the thing most threatening the planet is humanity in general—and the Avengers in particular. I don’t think she’ll become the fashion plate that [Princess] Diana was, and I think she’s probably doing that advisedly, would you say?” The poet went on to say that she not exactly an expert on the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion, mainly because she doesn’t care that much. “To be honest with you, I haven’t paid that much attention. Now obviously Genisys is PG-13, but we’ll see if Schwarzenegger as a Terminator” is a star+character combination that pulls any weight with today’s moviegoers.
So when I say that Ant Man looks like less than a surefire smash I’m specifically speaking in comparison to other Marvel films over the last few years. But he becomes increasingly lucid, and after an ominous lecture about how the Avengers are not heroes, but rather part of the world’s problem, this zombie-like version of Ultron dispatches a few other Legionnaire puppets to battle the good guys. The film doesn’t really seem to have a role to play in the big Marvel picture, and the Ant Man characters don’t have the benefit of public awareness. Having said that, I have no interest in being the equivalent of the box office pundits who swore that Ratatouille, then Wall-E, and then Up were going to underperform because they weren’t as mainstream as Cars. But the fact that New Line moved their Vacation reboot a week after and the fact that Paramount moved Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation into that same July 31st slot does not inspire a ton of confidence.
Still screenwriter Jason Fuchs ended up as the primary screenwriter for Wonder Woman, which I imagine means that someone is happy with his work, and Joe Wright is responsible for the likes of Atonement and Hanna. We’ll see how the next trailer pans out, and I’ll happily eat crow if the film turns out to be better than I expected, and certainly if it plays better than I’m expecting. And when Ultron left, he also took whatever remained of J.A.R.V.I.S. with him—which includes full knowledge of every technology Tony Stark has ever manufactured. And when it comes time to build The Vision, you can imagine that J.A.R.V.I.S. is a formidable stand-in for the brainwave building blocks Ultron used in the comic books.
Moreover, Fantastic Four dropped ten summers ago when the very notion of a present-tense superhero film based on a popular Marvel character was still somewhat of a new thing.
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