NBC aired Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe yesterday in the US, and the hour long show looked at the films in Marvel’s past, how it has grown, and also gave a few snippets of upcoming Marvel films The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man.
For The Avengers, we get some cool new concept art which give us our first look at new characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who will be played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. We also get a look at The Hulk and Black Widow (above) plus a cool new Iron Man suit which can keep him safe from The Hulk (allegedly!).
A short video has also made its way on-line which has Joss Whedon talking about The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will Hulk-smash its way into UK cinemas on May 1st 2015.
Guardians of the Galaxy:
After the mighty trailer was released last month, a new image and concept art were also just released, along with a new behind the scenes video, all of which were part of the Marvel hour long special.
Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by James Gunn, and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro.
The film will be released in UK cinemas August 1st.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Also shown in Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe was the Ant-Man test footage, the footage that sent fans wild at Comic-Con last year. While the actual footage has not been made available on-line, a number of images have been released to give you an idea.
Edgar Wright is directing the superhero film with Kevin Feige producing. Wright also co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish. Production is set to start in April. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas will star, and Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena are rumoured to be joining the cast.
Ant-Man is released on July 17th 2015, and will be the next Marvel movie after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This makes sense as Henry Pym does have connections with Ultron. In the comics, Pym was a founding member of The Avengers along with his girlfriend and crime-fighting partner, Janet Van Dyne, aka Wasp. Together, they took on a number of bad guys on their own, but played a big part in taking down Pym’s own robotic creation, Ultron, when it developed a taste for rebellion.
Variety also reports on a possible scenario for Wrights film, which is yet to reveal an official synopsis:
In the comics, the character’s alter-ego is Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size and communicate with insects. One scenario that was rumored when Wright first came on is that he would focus on the later years of Ant-Man and add the character Scott Lang, a crook who steals Pym’s technology and becomes the new Ant-Man.