With just over a week before the domestic theatrical release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015), Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios have provided us with several dozen high resolution stills. While some have been previously released and some are from the official press kit, all of them are just full of awesomeness. You can find the new stills in our gallery! Enjoy!
Avengers: Age of Ultron has opened with an amazing $201.2 million worldwide after just a few days of release. The sequel is outpacing The Avengers by 44%, and has so far only actually debuted in 44 markets. There are still many more to go, including North America next Friday (where it’s expected to gross upwards of $200 million during its opening weekend). It reaches China on May 12th, another territory which will give the movie a massive boost. The chances of it topping the $1.5 billion haul of The Avengers are looking very good at this point. Avengers: Age of Ultron was #1 in all territories, and those at the top were South Korea ($28.2M), the UK ($27.3M), Russia ($16.2M), Brazil ($13.1M), Australia ($13.1M), and France ($12.4M).
The Avengers assembled to perform some good deeds off the screen.
Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., swooped down Thursday night to surprise a Times Square movie theater auditorium full of young, aspiring filmmakers, writers and actors as part of a charity screening co-sponsored by the Daily News, Disney and Marvel Studios.
Kids from several New York-based charities flocked to the E-Walk theater on 42nd St. to get a chance to watch “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” a week before their friends — when Downey emerged in person to deliver a plot twist to the squealing moviegoers before the film started rolling.
“(Hearing the applause), it just reminds me of going to the movies in New York as a kid, it’s so exciting…the rowdier the audience, the better,” an upbeat Downey told The News after exiting the theater.
“To see all these motivated youngsters and have the sense that they’re actually capable and invested in doing things that are uplifting for the community is just great.”
Thursday night’s screening also served as a premiere — for three new public service announcements coming soon to yellow taxi cabs around the city. Three of Downey’s “Avengers” teammates donated their time to film the spots for the NYC Service and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s campaign, “Volunteering: Good for You. Good for Your City.” The goal is to get teens in the city to tap into their inner super hero and volunteer.
Avengers, reassemble! With the help of Marvel comic-book artists we unmask the biggest superhero cast in the business…
This is your fifth film as Tony Stark, with more to come. Why do you keep returning?
I love the people. This time around I felt like I got closer to the cast, and Joss and I are pals.
How do you keep Tony fresh?
With the first Avengers film, Tony was becoming a team player, and with Iron Man 3 it was him transcending his dependency on the tech that’s keeping him alive. So I thought, “OK, now what?” But there’s the matter of a certain wormhole that opened over New York.
Ultron [voiced by James Spader] is Tony’s peacekeeping software, which then decides to wipe out humanity. Tony always seems to be the driving force behind the villain. What’s he doing wrong?
I don’t know, but maybe it’s convenient because he’s the guy who’s presumably technologically responsible. He can take a bit more risk with defects of character, so as it happens I think he’s a good guy to have around to do dumb and/or bad things.
What was it like working with your old mate James Spader?
He was the first person I saw off the boat when I got to LA and he took me under his wing. I’ve certainly borrowed from his style more than a few times over the years. I think another great full circle thing is Paul Bettany coming in and giving us a dose of Jarvis via [new android Avenger] The Vision, because he’s essentially been with me from the beginning.
How does Stark Tower look this time around?
I walked on the stages and I said, “Wow, this is really impressive.” The floors look beautiful. They’re so slippery, though, that it also added an unforeseen amount of excitement and danger to walk three steps.
Does it help that most of you know each other much better now?
When you’ve been at something for some time, there is a sense of extended family. Everyone’s definitely carrying more of their weight.
So what is it about Marvel that attracts such incredible talent?
It’s the ultimate stage for a big, fun movie. And it’s one thing to be able to have success here and there, but this is unprecedented. It’s like any way the river has gone it’s wound up finding people who wanted to drink from it. I guess the big idea also is that there’s something that makes everything feel connected.
What’s your dream audience reaction?
I just hope people say “Wow”. This movie is incredibly fun and thoughtful and has great themes and there’s a whole bunch of new people, so that’s my seal of approval.
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Robert as Tony Stark/Iron Man Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi Status: Pre-production
Following the events of the Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
The Judge (2014) Robert as Hank Palmer Genre: Drama Status: On DVD/Blu-ray
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
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