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Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015] (3 discs)

Director:Joss Whedon
Writer:Joss Whedon
Composer:Brian Tyler
Danny Elfman
Length:141 minutes
(2 hours 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
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IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Reaction: Good fun with plenty of Character moments. Joss Whedon's a master with character moments.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Joss Whedon => Director / Writer
Brian Tyler => Composer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Jack Kirby => Original Comics
Aaron Taylor-Johnson => Quicksilver / Pietro Maximoff
Andy Serkis => Ulysses Klaue
Anthony Mackie => Falcon / Sam Wilson
Chris Evans => Steve Rogers / Captain America
Chris Hemsworth => Thor
Claudia Kim => Dr. Helen Cho
Cobie Smulders => Maria Hill
Don Cheadle => James Rhodes / War Machine
Elizabeth Olsen => Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Hayley Atwell => Peggy Carter
Henry Goodman => Dr. List
Idris Elba => Heimdall
James Spader => Ultron
Jeremy Renner => Hawkeye / Clint Barton
Josh Brolin => Thanos (uncredited)
Julie Delpy => Madame B
Kerry Condon => F.R.I.D.A.Y. (voice)
Leila Wong => Korean Scientist (uncredited)
Linda Cardellini => Laura Barton
Lou Ferrigno => Hulk (voice) (uncredited)
Mark Ruffalo => Bruce Banner / Hulk
Paul Bettany => Vision / Jarvis
Robert Downey Jr. => Tony Stark / Iron Man
Samuel L. Jackson => Nick Fury
Scarlett Johansson => Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Stan Lee => Stan Lee
Stellan Skarsgård => Erik Selvig
Thomas Kretschmann => Strucker

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Because Ultron was 8-9 feet (2.4 - 2.7 meters) tall, the 5-foot 10-inch (1.77 meter) James Spader had to wear an antennae-like contraption made out of a thick piece of wire with two red balls attached to the top that went up his entire back and 3 feet above his head. This was done so that the actors that shared scenes with him would be able to have a reference point for where his eyes would be; the two red balls represented the placement of Ultron's eyes. Elizabeth Olsen stated that this was actually distracting because Spader would be giving an intense performance and out of instinct she would look at him rather than the balls representing his eyes. Much to everyone's amusement, whenever this happened, Aaron Taylor-Johnson would yell, "Red balls! Look at his balls, Lizzie!" at her in order to get her to look in the right direction.
  • Steve Rogers (Captain America) is the only Avenger, besides Thor and The Vison, who was able to move the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, albeit only making it budge slightly. In the comics he was able to move it fully, as best seen in the 2012 crossover event "Fear Itself".
  • Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during filming of this movie so many of her scenes were scheduled early in filming before she began to show. To help hide her pregnancy later in filming, three stunt doubles were hired. This caused a lot of confusion among the other actors since, according to them, all of the stunt women looked very similar to Johansson. Chris Evans stated that it got to the point where he would say hello and start a conversation with one of them, only to realize midway that the person he was talking to wasn't Johansson. Ultimately, some scenes used CGI to hide Johansson's belly.
  • On James Spader's first day on set, the cast was so impressed by his performance that they applauded and cheered for him after his first take.
  • Joss Whedon has said that he wanted both Spider-Man and Captain Marvel to appear in the final sequence, but they were unable to due to timing issues.
  • James Spader was Joss Whedon's first and only choice for the role of Ultron, because of his "hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling while also being very human and humorous".
  • James Spader uses his natural speaking voice for Ultron, with no accent or alteration of his voice.
  • In the [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.] episode {The Dirty Half Dozen}, it is Agent Coulson who breaks into a Hydra base and locates Loki's scepter. He then contacts Maria Hill so she can let the Avengers know to go to Sokovia and retrieve it, as they do in the beginning of the film.
  • When Tony Stark goes to upload his new AI partner, F.R.I.D.A.Y. There is another drive labeled JOCASTA. Jocasta in the comics was an AI created by Ultron, her mind and body were modeled after Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp). She would eventually turn against Ultron and join the Avengers.
  • Black Widow declines trying to pull Thor's hammer. In the comics she was deemed worthy to wield it in an alternate reality story.
  • After this film and Avengers 3, Robert Downey Jr. was going to retire from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he later signed on for Captain America: Civil War.
  • Joss Whedon cast Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch because he thought their powers would be cool to use in a film: "Their powers are very visually interesting... One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers... Quicksilver's got super speed; Scarlet Witch can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. That's good stuff they can do that will help keep it fresh."
  • It took Joss Whedon a year to convince Aaron Taylor-Johnson to accept the role of Quicksilver. Johnson was concerned over the intensity of the Marvel contracts, the time constraints, and the fact that it was going to be such a large cast. Even after he accepted the role, he was still nervous, but was comforted after he learned that his friend and Godzilla co star Elizabeth Olsen would be playing his sister and would be his filming partner through most of the movie.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson was asked to lose weight (muscle mass in particular) because he looked too strong to portray a runner, who is usually trim.