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More Age of Ultron footage during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Ultron concept art and Spader talks Ultron mo-cap process

October 26th, 2014 by Derek Robertson Comments

Now that we have all seen the big debut trailer for Joss Whedon’s much-anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron (here), Marvel studios has now revealed that during the upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more footage from the May 1st 2015 release will be shown. ABC will also be airing a special titled: Marvel 75 years: From Pulp to Pop! – which will offer more Avengers: Age of Ultron greatness. Both will air on ABC at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on October 28th and November 4th respectively. U.K. viewers should be savvy enough to get in on the goods.

Ultron Gets A Full Body Art Sketch

Initially a twisted version of the Iron Man armor, Spader’s Ultron goes through several different forms in Whedon’s sequel, progressing towards a version seen in promo art and the front cover of Entertainment Weekly a couple of months back (below). Continues after pic…

What looks like the final form is what appears numerous times in the trailer that was released this week and more specifically the shot at the end of the teaser. Io9 has released a full piece of artwork showing the full body of the form that we see in the trailer (top of the page).

Speculation has been rife that the final version is made of vibranium, which – as we all know – is the same material that was used to construct Captain America’s Shield, and offers a little more insight into the shot that depicts a broken version of Captain America’s shield in the trailer.

Spader Talks Ultron Mo-Cap Process

As we pointed out at the start of this article, now that the trailer has emerged for Avengers: Age of Ultron, breaking all online trailer records there is, everyone is still talking about the teaser and the clips of James Spader’s Ultron. In particularly, the way in which Ultron’s menacing voice jars in a juxtaposed and haunting cacophony with Pinocchio’s “I’ve Got No Strings”, which is absolute genius, there has also been a lot of talk surrounding the look of Spader’s Ultron.

Spader discussed the motion-capture process when he sat down with Total Film, and he confirmed that he shot his scenes with the other actors present and with most of his dialogue recorded live:

“When you first meet Ultron, his physicality is very different to what he evolves to. It was in the script but we arrived at the metamorphosis of him on the set. In practice, in rehearsals.

“We were able to create the physicality of the character on the motion-capture stage. They would dot me up and I was wearing a helmet that had two cameras on my face, and they could live stream it to a monitor so we could try different things.

“Then I’d go and shoot the scene with the other actors and they’re recording all of it, including my voice. 9 times out of 10 they were not using ADR (additional dialogue recording) after the fact.”

Spader also says that the mo-cap process allowed him add things and change things fine tuning the character: “If you wanted to add something, or change something, you had the opportunity to do that. I just loved it.”

Remember to tune into Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday the 4th of Nov, where more footage of Avengers: Age or Ultron is slated to premiere.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Robert Downey Jn, returns as Iron Man, alongside Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in what is promised to be – and what certainly looks like – a much darker installment of the franchise. Also starring is Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, all joining forces to defeat their biggest enemy to date, Ultron, a terrifying technological sentient – played menacingly by James Spader – hell bent on destroying the human race. There are some powerful and mysterious newcomers who the team have to confront with Elizabeth Olsen playing Wenda Maximoff and Aaron Taylor-Johnson taking on the role of Pietro Maximoff, and there is also the meeting of an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the big screen on May 1, 2015.

Source: Dark Horizons,






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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.

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