Nerds: if you had to choose a way to die, what would it be? Beaten to a pulp by Captain America and Hawkeye, right? Well get ready to be jealous…
Two of the earth’s mightiest heroes chatted to RadioTimes.com about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the future of the Marvel universe and how they want to smash my teeth in with Cap’s shield. What can I say? I have a way with people.
As well as the continuing adventures of Iron Man and the rest, Evans had some kind words to say about the rival Fantastic Four reboot. Before donning the star-spangled costume, Evans played Johnny ‘Human Torch’ Storm in the 2005 film, a role now taken by Michael B. Jordan.
“I actually can’t wait to see it,” Evans said magnanimously. “Our movies were very specific, and my take on the character was very specific, so it’s going to be interesting to see what he does with it.”
With persistent rumours of Evans letting another actor take up Captain America’s shield, Evans seemed comfortable with the idea of reboots and recastings:
“That’s the beautfiul thing about these characters,” he explained, “whether it’s Batman or Superman…”
…or Captain America?
“…or Captain America, which I’m sure at some point someone else will play. It’s like James Bond, someone else is always going to reincarnate them and play them a different way. That’s great to be a part of the lineage. It’s not yours to keep, it never was.”
Captain America to the rescue!
Chris Evans this week recorded an inspiring video for Owen Simmons, a 7-year-old boy hospitalized with heart trouble – and Owen, a huge superhero fan, was so excited that he recorded a video to send back to Evans.
“I hear you’re going through some stuff. But you know what, you’re a warrior. Don’t forget it,” the Avengers: Age of Ultron actor told Owen. In his video reply, Owen said: “You are the best superhero in my world, and your suit is very cool!”
Evans reaches out to sick children regularly, even dressing as Captain America to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital with Chris Pratt back in March.
Owen, meanwhile, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), or half a heart. He has had three pallative open heart surgeries that allow him to survive. He is currently on a wait list for a heart transplant.
His family regularly blogs about their journey on this site>.
Captain America: Civil War – Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on What Drives Cap and Iron Man Apart
Iron Man and Captain America will be forming a united front in their battle against Ultron when Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in May. As Marvel fans know, they will be faced with significant differences in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, however.
IGN had the opportunity to speak with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America), as well as President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige during the press rounds for Avengers 2 – stay tuned for more on that! While there, we touched on what we can expect from the upcoming Civil War and the rift between these two leaders.
In some ways, the events of the last several Marvel films have given us a Cap who is interested in transparency (given the catastrophic consequences of SHIELD’s secret keeping) and a Tony Stark who is focused on control. As we’ve seen in the promotional materials for Ultron, Tony is looking for one sweeping solution to keep the world safe – and he believes he is the man to find it. When asked if this was the crux of the wedge that is driven between he and Cap, Downey said to some degree, yes. However, as with most things, there is also a more primal element in play for Tony – jealousy.
“On the surface it’s that,” the actor reflected. “But also [Tony] Stark grew up under the shadow of this very close father son/relationship that Howard [Stark] had with Steve [Rogers, Captain America] so I’m sure that it’s driven by some unconscious motives. At the same time, they’re two vastly different generations of moral psychology. And arguably, Cap’s is more righteous. But I think Tony is a realist. So that’s always a fun dynamic to play.”
When asked if Civil War could be a swan song for Iron Man, Downey quipped, “Sure, anything could be. But they haven’t written me out of the schedule yet.”
For his part, Evans is excited to have the opportunity to explore the ideological differences between the two characters.
“This is why I think the next movie is going to be so effective – Civil War – because there’s a flip-flop in the way we approach things,” the actor said of Cap and Iron Man. “Tony’s always been a trailblazer. He’s always been his own man and he bucks authority. He dances to the beat of his own drum. Cap comes from a world or order, and organization, and hierarchy, and structure. And I think after Cap 2 when SHIELD kind of fell that Cap kind of realized that you can’t necessarily trust the people around you – or you can’t trust the system. I think he now is kind of starting to follow his own heart, and do his own thing, and as a result there becomes this kind of flip-flop in perspective.”
Chris Evans Admits He’s “Looking Forward” to Starting a Family After Babysitting Chris Hemsworth’s Kids
Babysitting can sure make you rethink your future family plans!
Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans have developed such a strong bond both on and off the screen while working on Avengers: Age of Ultron. In fact, their friendship has resulted in the opportunity for Evans to babysit the Australian actor’s kids.
So, did hanging out with a few little ones make Evans rethink his bachelor status? The short answer is yes!
“You get to a point where you want the next thing,” Evans shared with E! News before the film hits theatres May 1. “You see people who are just so happy and have great kids.”
He added, “It’s one of those things you’re looking forward to doing. You can’t rush it, but that’s definitely where I’m looking.”
Perhaps the first step into creating one big happy family is finding a special girl. Hey Hemsworth, could you find a few eligible ladies for your bro?
“I’ve got a few Australian girls,” he joked before making a special note. “They want a green card.” Come on, who wouldn’t want to date Captain America?
Perhaps Evans is just too busy poking fun at his co-star. When asked how he feels about Hemsworth’s title of “Sexiest Man Alive,” the actor dropped a hilarious bombshell of his own that could have fooled a few admirers.
“I said no thanks. You can have it this year, man,” he joked. “I know it. We all know it. Let Hemsworth have it….I called it, come on.” LOL! But trust us, these jokes go both ways. When asked why he trusts Evans with his children, Hemsworth had a simple reason: They act the same age.
“They’re on the same intelligence level,” he admitted. “He needs to have his diapers changed. It’s kind of easy.” The superhero shade is real (and hilarious) folks.
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Love. Control. Creation. What we have with Avengers: Age of Ultron is not just a superhero movie, but a story about creating our own worst enemies.
In Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview, we devote our cover—four collectible covers, actually—to the May 1 movie about the malevolent artificial-intelligence and the team of heroes he hates more than life itself.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is struggling to hold together the superhero team he assembled as they face Ultron (James Spader) and a set of troubled twins: Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver. These new characters are the products of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), a new villain from HYDRA, which infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. long ago and raided its most powerful technologies.
Strucker has been using Loki’s scepter for human experimentation, which bestowed the siblings with powers of magic (Scarlet Witch) and speed (Quicksilver). But the bad baron piques the interest of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark for other reasons. “Von Strucker was working on a lot of stuff, including robotics,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “Tony realizes, ‘[Those robotics] might be able to help me get over the hump of some of the AI stuff I’ve been working on.’ ”
Stark’s invention, Ultron, is born from the marriage of both men’s technologies. Alas, adolescence is a bitch, and Ultron goes rogue, shreds Stark’s other artificial-intelligence program, J.A.R.V.I.S., and gives rise to his own awesome creation: the synthezoid known as the Vision (played by Paul Bettany, who previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S.).
Meanwhile, there’s some serious interpersonal drama brewing between the superheroes themselves. 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. Though this isn’t completely new territory for Marvel movies—see: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Thor and Jane Foster, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter—this is the first time any of the actual Avengers have been tempted to fish off the company pier. In EW’s story, writer-director Joss Whedon explains why he decided to play matchmaker for the Big Green Guy and the Black Widow.
We also talk with Spader about the birth of Ultron—this version anyway—and how the star of The Blacklist got recruited to Marvel Studios’ gallery of rogues. “I am aware that you get one entrance into this world,” he says. “If I’m going to do it, I want it to be something that’s really fun and great.”
This year’s Summer Movie Preview (on sale April 10) also gives you details on Tomorrowland, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator Genisys, Spy, San Andreas, Fantastic Four, and many, many more…
The makers of Avengers: Age of Ultron want you to know something about this film’s post-credits ending: It’s not there.
Ever since 2008’s Iron Man concluded with a surprise scene of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury revealing to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark that he has “become part of a bigger universe,” fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have known to stick around to the very end for a surprise.
But this time …
Writer-director Joss Whedon says there won’t be a post-credits scene in Ultron because he felt there was no way to top the post-battle shawarma scene from the last one. “We all came at it separately—we don’t want to chase that,” Whedon says. “That was a jewel and a weird little quirk. “
“There will be a tag,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige clarifies. That is, there will be a short, epilogue-like scene that pops up shortly after the credits start. “But there’s not a post-post-credit scene.”
“There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out,” Whedon says. “We want people to know so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go: ‘Son of a bitch! I’ll kill them!’”
Whedon says they tried to come up with something worthy of the end-credits shot but ultimately couldn’t top shawarma. “It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,” Whedon says. “The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else. Don’t do the Indiana Jones gun trick again differently. Just go somewhere else. Don’t try to hit the same highs, because people will sense it.”
Also, the movie, out May 1, will include many other superpowered characters seen in previous films, including a few surprises, but rumors of Captain Marvel getting an introduction are false, Feige promises. There is a secret female character, but she may be familiar already. “It’s not a big deal. But it’s a good character,” he says.
E.R.’s Linda Cardellini and Before Sunset’s Julie Delpy have been confirmed as part of the cast, although the filmmakers don’t want to reveal who they are playing yet. One thing is for certain: Someone plays the instructor to a young Black Widow, and Feige and Whedon promise that will be a powerful moment in the history of Scarlett Johansson’s character.
For those who will miss the signature Marvel post-credit button, here’s a look back at the fascinating backstory of how that shawarma scene from the original Avengers film came together.
EW happened to be on set when the moment that gave birth to that idea took place, and we followed along throughout the last-minute filming of the shot, which actually happened after they screened the movie at its 2012 premiere.
“The evolution of the shawarma scene is one of the most fascinating things in my career,” Whedon says.
Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner will present the Generation Award to the ‘Iron Man’ actor.
Iron Man is getting an award.
MTV announced Thursday that Robert Downey Jr. will receive the MTV Generation Award during the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.
The Marvel actor’s honor will be presented by his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
Additionally, the cast will premiere a 90-second clip from Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel during the telecast.
The MTV Generation Award honors actors who have engaged the MTV audience throughout their careers. Past recipients include Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
Downey Jr. will be honored alongside Comedic Genius recipient Kevin Hart and Trailblazer Award recipient Shailene Woodley. Hosted by Amy Schumer, the awards show will also feature appearances by Miles Teller, Reese Witherspoon, Vin Diesel, Sofia Vergara and Jimmy Kimmel.
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards airs live on Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
You might have thought that Chris Evans and Chris Pratt just played superheroes in the movies, but you would have been wrong. These guys really are superheroes.
After making the best Super Bowl bet ever, Captain America and Star-Lord decided that there would be no losers. In the original bet, Evans was supposed to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital if the Seattle Seahawks won, and Pratt was supposed to visit Christopher’s Haven in New England if the New England Patriots won.
After the Patriots won, Pratt quickly honored his portion of the bet and made a trip to Christopher’s Haven as Star-Lord with Chris Evans. And Evans announced that the duo would be visiting Seattle Children’s Hospital as well.
Earlier today, Evans dressed as Captain America visited Seattle Children’s Hospital with Pratt. We’ve embedded some photos below of Evans and Pratt at the hospital.
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After helping take down a corrupted S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America now finds himself helping to keep the world safe with his fellow Avengers…and the Earth needs them now more than ever before.
With the rise of a new villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” May 1, Chris Evans leads the team once more as the Fighting Avenger. The malevolent artificial intelligence Ultron has designs for humanity—namely, wiping it off the face of the Earth—and in the absence of S.H.I.E.L.D., only the Avengers can step in to stop him.
In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” the team fell under the jurisdiction of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury. Now, without Fury in the picture, Cap finds himself with even more responsibility as the team’s leader.
“The team doesn’t have anyone to report to now,” Evans points out. “There’s no more S.H.I.E.L.D., so we’re all kind of depending upon one another. But that gives him an opportunity to take more of a leadership role, since there’s no one else giving him orders, he doesn’t have to question the chain of command or anyone’s motives, but it does mean he needs to rely on his team a lot more. It’s added a little bit more tension to the actual dynamic of the Avengers.”
According to Evans, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come together once more “out of necessity” as their latest adventure picks up.
“Once S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, [that] affected everybody,” the actor elaborates. “There is something that affects all of us that requires us to come back together and fight as a unit. Cap’s just more than willing to take a leadership role. He’s been in wars. He understands the dynamic of a team. He’s not doing it out of arrogance or ego, he’s doing it out of necessity and functionality.”
While some fans might expect friction between some of the Avengers over who should lead the team, Evans sees it as more about each character understanding their role within the whole.
“Certain people are moving on into different things,” explains Evans. “So for someone like Tony, maybe he may not want to be anything but the front man. But there are people like Thor, [who’s] a soldier. I mean he’s just a soldier in another world, so there’s an understanding between those two men, Captain America [and] Thor. Same with Hawkeye. These guys have all been in battle, so I think for the most part, there aren’t as many conflicting egos in terms of who’s leading this crew. It’s more personal conflicts and more personal questions about who they are as people and what they’re looking for and what makes sense, and what’s right and wrong.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” marks the fourth time Evans has picked up the shield as Captain America, and after so many times in Cap’s suit the actor has developed a deeper understanding of the character.
“You know, the first movie, you’re terrified,” recalls Evans. “The second [time] you’re just intimidated because there are so many great people [in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’]. But by ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is when you really start hitting your stride and feeling like you’re making some core progress with the character, and you get a little more comfortable speaking up when you have opinions. The Russo [brothers, directors of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’] are so great and I love that movie, and it all just kind of worked out in terms of the evolution of my personal connection with character.”