Just Released! AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Bloopers
Just released! Behind the scenes bloopers from The Avengers-Age of ultron. Have a look and a laugh!
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 mid way that the person he was talking to wasn’t Johansson. Ultimately, some scenes used CGI to hide Johansson’s belly.
Because Ultron was 8-9 feet tall, the 5-foot 10-inch 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.
Thanos was considered to be the next villain, but Whedon decided against him in favor of Ultron: “We have to stay grounded. It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click, their relationship to the real world. Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain – he’s always been the overlord of villainy and darkness.” Instead, Thanos was scheduled to appear for the finale, Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (2019).
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.
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.
James Spader uses his natural speaking voice for Ultron, with no accent or alteration of his voice.
James Spader described Ultron as self-absorbed and immature: “He sees the world from a very strange, biblical point of view because he’s brand new, he’s very young… He’s immature, and yet has knowledge of comprehensive, broad history and precedent, and he has created in a very short period of time a rather skewed worldview.”
The trailer was viewed 34 million times on YouTube in the first 24 hours after it was released. This broke the record that was previously held by Iron Man 3 (2013).
Industrial Light & Magic developed a new motion capture system for the film called Muse, to better capture the actor’s facial/body movements and combine different takes of the same performance, with regards to Ultron and the Hulk. Andy Serkis (who also has the onscreen role of Ulysses Klaue) was brought on board to contribute towards Muse’s design and improvement.
The addition of Quicksilver to the cast sparked wide discussion over the direction of the character who is also slated to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Quicksilver had been discussed previously as a potential character in both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Avengers (2012), but legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from both films. However, in May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an X-Men sequel, though under certain parameters: no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character’s father) can be made in an “Avengers” film, and no reference to Quicksilver’s membership in the Avengers can be made in an “X-Men” film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a “mutant” in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after Fox announcedEvan Peters as Quicksilver, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the “X-Men” franchise, necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series.
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 (2014) co star Elizabeth Olsen would be playing his sister and would be his filming partner through most of the movie.
Ultron recites “No Strings On Me”, a song from Pinocchio (1940), a Walt Disney film about an inanimate being who gains sentience; Ultron serves as a dark parallel of Pinocchio.
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.
In an interview with Empire magazine, Joss Whedon said that he wanted to lengthen the scenes with Thor at the pool and his vision but executives issued an ultimatum stating that it could be lengthened but it would be in place of Hawkeye’s farm scenes. Whedon chose to keep the farm scenes.
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.”
“Marvel Ultimates” comic is famous for featuring a controversial incestuous story-line between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. According to Elizabeth Olsen, while this particular aspect would not be overtly present in the film, she and Aaron Taylor-Johnson “played around” with certain parts of it: “Every time you see an image of them, they’re always holding each other’s hand and looking over each other’s shoulder. They’re always so close, it’s almost uncomfortable. Aaron and I have been playing a little bit with those kinds of images just for ourselves.”
In the comics, Ultron was created by Dr Hank Pym (Ant-Man). In this film Ultron is a dormant project developed by Tony Stark, while Pym gets his own separate story inAnt-Man (2015).
Joss Whedon claimed that juggling all the characters in the film was “a nightmare”: “They’re very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don’t belong in the same room. It’s not like the X-Men, who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough.” He was so exhausted with working on this film, that he decided not to direct the sequelsAvengers: Infinity War – Part I (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (2019).
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.
Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the X-Men films, has expressed an interest to play Wolverine in an Avengers sequel despite the rights issues between Marvel, Fox and Sony; Jackman stated that he wanted to see Wolverine battle Iron Man. Wolverine first appeared in the comics as an enemy of Hulk. During the X-men vs Avengers event he was rivaled with Captain America.
Bruce Banner’s creation that houses the extra Hulkbuster parts, Veronica, is named that as an in-joke based on the Archie comics. Archie Andrews is always torn between the two women that love him, Betty and Veronica. Banner already had a girlfriend, Betty Ross, so this armour was named Veronica as a contrast to Banner’s alternate personality the Hulk.
The first trailer was intended to be released after the October 28th 2014 episode of Marvel’s TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) . A low-quality version of the trailer leaked online on October 22nd 2014. In response, Marvel published the HD version of the first trailer on its official YouTube channel the same day. Marvel’s official Twitter account announced the official trailer with a tongue-in cheek statement blaming Marvel’s villainous organization HYDRA for the leak.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson described his approach to Quicksilver as inspired by the “Marvel Ultimates” comic: “Him and his sister have been abandoned by their parents and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other. His sister really is his guidance – emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He’s very overprotective physically – he doesn’t want anyone touching her.”
Cameo[Stan Lee]: A veteran at the Avengers’ party, who takes a drink of Thor’s ale. Lee has said this is his favorite cameo to date.
The film was named after a 2013 Marvel comic series ‘Age of Ultron.’ However Kevin Feige explained that that particular comic would not be used as a storyline: “We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appears, and ‘Age Of Ultron’ is a great title. We had a few other ‘Of Ultrons’, but that was the best one. So we’re borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines.”
According to Mark Ruffalo, his portrayal of the Hulk is inspired by Peter David‘s Hulk comics, where the Hulk and Bruce Banner were a split personality case: “There’s a very cool thing happening in the film: Hulk is as afraid of Banner as Banner is afraid of Hulk. Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have got to come to peace somehow with each other. And this confrontation is building across this film.”
Joss Whedon described this film as “smaller. More personal. More painful. The next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what worked the first time. A theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”
Lou Ferrigno contributed to the voice of the Hulk in this film. He has played the Hulk in almost every live-action version since 1978: he played the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk(1978) and its subsequent three TV specials, and he voiced the Hulk in the big-screenThe Incredible Hulk (2008) in which he also played “security guard” – he also played a security guard in Hulk (2003). He also has voiced the Hulk in various animated productions.
Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have stated in separate interviews that Joss Whedoninitially hadn’t told them the arc of the plot, with Evans claiming that he didn’t even know the title of the film until the official announcement at Comic-Con. Additionally, Hemsworth and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) have both admitted to not knowing who Ultron is.
Hawkeye’s new uniform combines elements of his original Marvel Comic outfit, his Ultimate Marvel outfit, and his Ronin identity.
Elizabeth Olsen worked with a dance choreographer to make her movements more graceful for action sequences.
Joss Whedon described Ultron as a perfect villain for the Avengers: “He’s got a bee in his bonnet, he’s always trying to destroy the Avengers! He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain.”
Elizabeth Olsen described the Scarlet Witch as unstable: “She has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time.”
The prelude to this film is on the mid credit scene of Thor: The Dark World (2013).
Stan Lee‘s cameo as a war vet at the farewell party for Thor is a sly inside joke since Lee did actually join the army but never went into battle. Lee’s experience writing for Timely Comics (before it became MARVEL)was put to use instead for the armies medical division thinking up slogans for posters about preventing the spread of venereal diseases that were drawn by Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.
The Hulkbuster armor has three Arc Reactors on the front, one on the Chest and one on each knee, and four on the back. Excluding the Arc Reactor of the suit worn underneath the Hulkbuster, it’s safe to say that it takes seven Arc Reactors just to power the gargantuan suit.
This film has the most VFX shots for any Marvel movie to date, with over 3000 VFX shots; previously Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) held the record with 2,750 VFX shots.
In comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are born mutants. In this movie, they got their powers due to experimentation of HYDRA on them. This change has to do with the fact that 20th Century Fox holds the rights to the X-Men films and the whole mutant concept. Therefore this change was intended to disassociate the film from the X-Men film franchise to avoid legal issues.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s favorite superhero amongst the Avengers is Chris Hemsworth. Taylor-Johnson was impressed by Hemsworth saying, “The only one who has an otherworldly superhero physique is Hemsworth. The size of his arms is like the size of my thighs. Just to be an actor and transform your physique and body to that level, he’s essentially a god. Everyone in the cast is charming and brilliant, but you look around the room and you go ‘that guy is definitely the superhero.”
Joss Whedon wanted to get a “number of different looks and textures and moods” to give the film a different and fresh aesthetic from its predecessor, so he shot in different locations around the world, including South Africa, England, Italy and Korea.
Although name checked for the first time, and playing a significant part in the plot, this actually marks the second time the fictional kingdom of Wakanda appears in a Marvel movie. Wakanda was referred to in Iron Man 2 (2010), where it can be seen as one of the hot spots on Nick Fury’s map. In the comics Wakanda is ruled by T’Challa, better known as the avenger The Black Panther, who is set to make his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson consulted each other before accepting the roles of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The two became friends while filming Godzilla the year before and as soon as they found out both had offers, they called each other to check if the other was doing it before signing on.
Klaue is seen wearing a necklace with a claw. The comics state he got that from murdering T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda and the current Black Panther (2018) T’Challa’s father.
This film marks the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance of Tony Stark without Pepper Potts, with the exception of his cameo role in The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Quicksilver’s running VFX were created by first filming with an ultra-high-speed camera and then filming Aaron Taylor-Johnson running in the same scene at regular speed, and then digitally splicing the two scenes together.
According to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, no one realized that no plans for a wrap party had been made until the last day of filming. As a result, director Joss Whedon gathered the cast at the end of the day and made them walk around the small Italian town they were filming in while it snowed heavily, until he found an appropriate place for a party. They finally found a small club, and the cast, along with Whedon danced until four in the morning.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen worked back to back with each other first playing husband and wife in Godzilla (2014) and now brother-sister in this film.
This is the first time in the Marvel cinematic universe that Thor appears in a movie without Loki. Tom Hiddleston did film a scene reprising Loki but it was ultimately cut from the final version as Joss Whedon felt it “didn’t play” well with the film as a whole.