Experience The Avengers: Age of Ultron on Blu-Ray
Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reunites Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the unprecedented movie event, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Iconic heroes are forced to reassemble and face their most intimidating enemy yet – ULTRON.
Continuing the epic, big-screen action adventure of a lifetime started in Marvel’s The Avengers (now available on DVD and Blu-Ray), the Super Hero dream team is back to protect the world from the greatest threat mankind has ever seen in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) , Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner ), are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the mysterious Ultron (James Spader) emerges, the team must reassemble in order to stop the terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), as well as an old friend in a new form, named The Vision (Paul Bettany).
With the world order hanging in the balance, The Avengers must stop Ultron from enacting his terrible plans as uneasy alliances develop and unprecedented action pave the way for an epic adventure unfolding on an unprecedented global scale.
For the filmmakers, developing the story brought on a new challenge as they would have to make sure that all of the events in previous Marvel films would have a bearing on the storyline and dynamic of the screenplay.
- Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
- Making-of Featurettes
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary by writer-director Joss Whedon
A Note From Writer-Director Joss Whedon
Writer Director Joss Whedon, who has been consulting on all of the Marvel films following Marvel’s “The Avengers,” explains his approach to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Being the Marvel consigliere for the last few years has been really fun,” says Whedon. “In doing so it’s important to keep that sort of Marvel ethos of ‘Yeah, we’re loveable and yes we’re messed up; we’re funny when you don’t expect us to be and we’re serious when you don’t expect us to be.’ But at the same time always make sure that each film and in particular ‘The Avengers’ films has its own stamp.”
Continuing, Whedon adds, “The first thing you have to do if you’re looking at an Avengers sequel is figure out what you’re going to do with all of these characters. In this film, I’ve got a lot more characters! The Avengers are a really dysfunctional team, and I liked the idea of seeing them actually act as a team and how it shows how much they shouldn’t be a team.”
Whedon adds, “The idea of the second one is also everybody in the world now knows that there are Avengers and that there are Super Heroes and villains and all kinds of crazy stuff. But for me it’s great because I wanted a different movie. I wanted a different dynamic. The first movie was definitely about putting the team together and the second movie is totally about pulling them apart.”
The writer/director admits that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has provided him with a bevy of great characters played by great actors but he says, “The trick is not to get too bogged down because you don’t want the movie to feel crowded and overstuffed.”
He adds, “After ‘The Avengers’ something changed. Everybody knows of them and they all sort of came out of the closet, and now they’re just around. They don’t have to hide in their own little universes. They have their own stories and what’s great about that is you don’t end up feeling like it’s just a roll call because all of these characters are motivated by each other. It’s all the pairings of characters that make the movie fun and exponentially interesting.”
Shooting the film globally and in Joburg
With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. the filmmakers felt it was important to inject a global relevance into the story for the film as well. “We’ve always considered The Avengers to be sort of the world’s heroes,” says Kevin Feige. “Not just America, not just any particular region, but globally and certainly the results of the first movie proved that. When we started developing the story we knew we wanted to take it out of New York. Some of the movie does take place in New York, but we wanted to send The Avengers to the far reaches of the globe so it’s legitimately a globe-trotting adventure.”
“The balance of these movies has always been big, huge beautiful stage sets, but then you also have to go outside and see the world,” says executive producer Jeremy Latcham. “You have to open up the scope, which is one of the things we’ve really tried to do on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ We wanted to go to new locations that haven’t been
seen on film as much, like Seoul, South Korea, downtown Johannesburg, South Africa and the Aosta Valley in Northern Italy. The new locations really add a fresh feeling to the film and show that The Avengers really do protect the world.”
“We wanted the first Avengers film to be big, but for this film I wanted it to bigger, but I also wanted it to be broader and more global,” says Joss Whedon. “We wanted to look at The Avengers and see the effect they have on the whole world. We got the team together in the first film, which seemed sort of an impossible task. But then the question becomes ‘Well, once they’re together are they compatible and are they useful and how does the world perceive them?’ And how does that affect their perception of each other? So it’s great to open it up and instead of trying to recreate places on stage, actually go to places go to get the local feel and architecture, which gives the film a real veracity. When you have several main characters that are CGI, you really need to ground the film with practical locations.”