Marvel Studios have given Entertainment Weekly several set photos from the currently shooting Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron and while they are behind the scenes shots so we’re not seeing what it will look like on screen it does give us an idea of what we’re in for.
I these 8 photos we can see Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Bruce Banner, Iron Man and Black Widow of course, but also Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Rhodey.
I don’t generally worry about the whole spoiler thing much. For a start I’m not easily spoiled and secondly a lot of supposed spoilers are just rumors and speculation.
This story may be completely untrue. It is an unconfirmed rumor. But… since if it happens to be true and since it concerns the Hulk’s status towards the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron… I think most people would definitely consider it a spoiler. So… you’ve been warned… no whining.
So… the rumor goes like this:
By the end of Age of Ultron Hulk will find himself onboard an Avengers Quinjet heading off planet and unable to re-program the controls.
Which is suspiciously similar to the starting point for the Planet Hulk storyline which Mark Ruffalo has said isn’t happening. So what does that mean? Well the rumor could be false. Or they could be using that plot element to have Hulk interact with The Guardians of the Galaxy (you know they want to do a second movie) or maybe Ruffalo is wrong/lying and they are doing Planet Hulk.
This is a pen and ink of the cover for Avengers Classic #5 by Art Adams. Which was itself a reprint of the original Avengers Vol 1 #5 which featured the original Avengers lineup going up against Molto, Supreme Warrior of the Lava Men. Not perhaps one of their stronger outings.
It’s probably unfair to directly compare the two given the difference in publishing practices and art styles in the intervening forty years, but I know which I prefer.
I‘ve probably said this a few times before but that doesn’t make it less true, micro-scale builds are extremely challenging because you have to distill everything down to its most basic essence. There’s no room for extra details.
And that’s exactly what M<0><0>DSWIM ! has done here with his micro-scale Avengers. Each of the figures is instantly recognisable despite being built out of only 20 or so small LEGO pieces (okay Hulk gets more, but he’s Hulk.)
There are no facial features and no logos but you still know who everyone is.
The biggest limitation for most people when it comes to building in LEGO is not having the right parts, or not enough of the right parts. Particularly when it comes to the giant thousands of brick designs that people sometimes come up with.
Fortunately LEGO has a solution for that. It’s called LEGO Digital Designer and it allows you to model your creation on your computer. It will even give you a list of required bricks and build instructions.
All of which is a long way of pointing out that while the designer of this amazing Avengers Hellicarrier LEGO model Yo-Sub Joo has not physically built the model, it is nevertheless a legitimate LEGO model, and a huge one at that (22,694 bricks!)
If you’ve been paying any sort of attention then really this confirmation isn’t exactly a surprise. Ever since Thanos appeared in the mid-credits teaser for The Avengers, it’s been clear where Marvel is heading and the references to further infinity stones in Thor: The Dark World and hints in what we’ve already seen in Guardians of the Galaxy continued to lay out the breadcrumbs.
That Thanos would make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy is just common sense based on what we’ve already seen on screen and what Marvel are hinting at in their comicbook prequel to the movie. But he’s still more the ultimate villain, not the current villain.
Clearly Avengers 3 is intended to wrap up this initial giant storyline before we move onto the next phase in Marvel’s ever growing plans (mapped out up to 2028 last I heard).
Oh and Gunn also released this new photo from Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians look a little grumpy here. And I don’t blame them. Yellow really isn’t their color.
Artist Ben Oliver has produced these fun caricatures of the Avengers characters with baby faces.
I’ve seen quite a few kiddie Avenger cartoons before, but what sets this one apart is the more realistic style of the baby faces and proportions. And yet there’s still enough of the adult version in each character to make them unmistakable.
Depending on your tastes you may find this creepy or funny.