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First Look: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Concept Art & 'Ant-Man' Test Stills

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March 18, 2014
Source: Marvel

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

In case you missed it, ABC premiered a one-hour special called "Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe" about how the comic book company enacted their plan to bring The Avengers to life on the big screen in an unprecedented fashion. While most of the special was a look to the past of how the whole plan was executed, complete with Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon and all the stars of Marvel's cinematic universe as talking heads, there was also a look ahead with some concept art from the forthcoming 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, including a look at Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, not to mention some stills from Edgar Wright's test reel for Ant-Man. Check them out now!

Here's the concept art for The Avengers: Age of Ultron straight from Marvel.com:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

And here's some stills from Edgar Wright's test reel for Ant-Man, which played Comic-Con awhile back:

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Also, here's a bonus piece of concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Let's be honest, the real star of this batch is that shot of the Iron Man "Hulkbuster" armor fighting with The Incredible Hulk. We're not sure if that's something that we'll see in the movie, especially since not all concept art is of stuff that ends up on the big screen, but that's a pretty damn sweet shot. Plus, we like the practical look of both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, though we're not to sure exactly what kind of enemies he's dashing through in that concept art. It's definitely an exciting tease for the sequel, but we have quite a long way to go since the second assembly of The Avengers doesn't arrive until May 1st, 2015. Stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 37 Comments

1

I have the show set to record tonight...what do you mean in case we missed it?

JBrotsis on Mar 18, 2014

2

It had already aired in Eastern and Central time zones at the time this article was written. Plus, some people who read this article at any point after the special aired might have missed it.

Ethan Anderton on Mar 18, 2014

3

That's right....I keep thinking you guys (firstshowing) are based in California.

JBrotsis on Mar 19, 2014

4

Please someone youtube it for the love of god lol

Lee Seymour on Mar 18, 2014

5

HULK Buster suit! Yay!

DAVIDPD on Mar 18, 2014

6

I...think...thats a shot of Quicksilver running though Ultron copies! So...much...win.

Scared S#!tless on Mar 18, 2014

7

As I remember it, there were a lot of initial husks for Ultron, but only one remained sentient.

DAVIDPD on Mar 19, 2014

8

The Avengers 2 Concept just looks laughably bad. The Hulkbuster is not supposed to be bigger than The Hulk most importantly, it doesn't make any logical sense you would have a giant suit capable of causing at least twice the amount of destruction as The Hulk. Scarlet Witch looks like a fashion model, all aboard da Avengers 2 runway! Quicksilver looks silly with that spandex and WTF Whedon no silver hair!? At least Bryan Singer got the silver hair part right, oh wait Singer did get everything about how to properly translate Quicksilver RIGHT towards film except Whedon. I don't even know why Marvel is even attempting to do an Ant-Man film, pointless character no one wants. GOTG, meh but no one wants that also. Plus I watched that Assembling a Universe crap, real propaganda at it's finest. Oh yeah I also liked how they completely ignored Edward Norton, what a bunch of jerks because it was Marvel's own fault. They most importantly forgot to highlight their own weakness and struggles along their journey, it was just stupid marketing filled with stuff we already knew. I expected much more.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 18, 2014

9

I don't know what your actual intention was, but your entire comment just reads like it was written by some really jealous troll who works for FOX. Just sayin'

Guy who comments on things on Mar 18, 2014

10

My own intention was delivering my own truthful opinions towards this comment board. I am not sure what your intentions was other than to spread a false lie and call me troll. But if you have anything meaningful to say am all for it.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 18, 2014

11

First of all if Quicksilver had silver hair he would look almost like his comic book counterpart, plus it's concept so who knows if in the film he might actually have silver hair. And you know what Thor doesn't even have his helmet on when he's on Earth, does that ruin the movies? No. Second of all Singer's quicksilver is the worst/stupidest looking thing about X-Men: DOFP. Apart from the Future Sentinels. (And yes I am looking forward to that film and I am a Quicksilver fan boy) And NO, Bryan Singer's Quicksilver does not look faithful to the comics, he only got the hair color right (not even the hair lenght or style, just the color). You know at least Aaron Taylor-Johnson knows about the character he's playing, as seen through interviews; the other actor from X-Men didn't even know what to say about his character, in an interview, and kept repeating "He's fast." "Oh well he's very fast." Third of all, what do you expect the show aired on ABC; ABC is pretty suck-ish. Fourth of all, Ant-Man is one of the original Avengers and he plays a big part into the Marvel Universe(Comics & Cartoons) in a big way so shut it. And you seem the only one to not care about Guardians of the Galaxy, what? Not dark, gritty, or depressive enough for you? I rather comic book movies be treated for what they are than trying too hard to be something else (ahem DC's Man of Steel). Blockbusters are supposed to be fun and cool with a hint of serious, like Die Hard or Independence day, but no know everyone wants dark stuff and I respect Marvel for their approach (even if sometimes it's a miss like Iron Man 3's twist). Although I disagree with most of your argument I do agree with you about Scarlet Witch's look, but you have to understand that these aren't superheroes(at the start), the brother sister duo will not start as a bright shiny and new symbol like Captain America, they don't start out as heroes, they're just super powered people. I also agree that Edward Norton should have been at least acknowledged because a lot of people overlook his portrayal of the character and the film he was in. And yes that Hulkbuster is too big, the Igor Armor that came out in Iron Man 3 would have been rightfully sized.

Fidel Reyes on Mar 18, 2014

12

Singer's version of Quicksilver to me not only looks original like you know they want it to be different but also shares heavily resemblances to the comic book counterpart, that's what I love of what Singer created. Bryan Singer knows what makes a character unique and how to truly seperate them to their own personalities. Quicksilver is a younger character and a product of a younger generation which is what his costume in DOFP reflects all together and what people fail to understand. He doesn't need a fancy costume to look cool all he needs is his own personality and powers for people to know him, he isn't like the others and doesn't want to be. Here I see within Whedon's own concept of Quicksilver they made him tuned like a drone without any freedom and restriction. It just looks bland and un unique towards the character. Quicksilver is supposed to be loose not restrained which is where I see a limited personality issue.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 18, 2014

13

Do you know Quicksilver's story and incarnations through the years? (I don't want to insult you or anything, I mean I do not want to make assumptions about what you know and do not know, I prefer to discuss with counter points and with acknowledging the points in which I agree with you after all this is a movie discussion) Look at the quicksilver from the comics and cartoons next to Whedon's (apart from the brown hair) he looks almost exactly like him, while Singer's is pretty awful looking, look I am open to changing attires and features but that looks weird and wrong and it has gotten a hell of a lot of hate. I would have to disagree with you about Singer's direction watch the X-Men cartoons and read the comics, his movies do not give the characters shared screen time they mostly revolve around Wolverine when they should be balanced and make all X-Men look cool, I mean Cyclops and Rogue should have had bigger and better roles to the story(granted I am only judging this on the first two X-Men because those were directed by him [I extremely like X2, even with the flaws I mentioned] which are great but lack that sense of overall equality) I like Bryan Singer and I am not trying to question his ability as a director, because that man is unfortunately overlooked for his involvement of what superhero films are today.

Fidel Reyes on Mar 18, 2014

14

"Wolverine & Friends"

T. Hakeem on Mar 19, 2014

15

Sorry man but Singer's version of Quick Silver looks like an asshole with goggles.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 19, 2014

16

1. it's CONCEPT ART, not the finished product of the movie 2. come on, get a life, you're spending way too much time hating on this 3. I can't wait for Guardians, it looks awesome and exciting as hell

davidshaw on Mar 18, 2014

17

Ugh what a douchey troll comment this is.

daftbot on Mar 18, 2014

18

*BEWARE LONG-ASS REPLY/ESSAY ENCLOSED* I understand you have your opinions, and you're more than entitled to them. But I do have a few counterpoints... "The Hulkbuster is not supposed to be bigger than The Hulk most importantly, it doesn't make any logical sense you would have a giant suit capable of causing at least twice the amount of destruction as the Hulk" Most, if not all iterations of the Hulkbuster Armour (forgive the spelling, I'm British) in the comics, animated series etc. have been "designed" by Tony Stark to give him the ability to sustain combat with the Hulk, some even with the ability to immobilise him long enough to contain him. In most versions, the armour is physically bigger than the Hulk. The strength/power of the armour isn't directly related to, or affected by, its size. A "giant suit" wouldn't (and based on the lore) couldn't be twice as powerful as the Hulk (I'm assuming that's what you're referring to you when say "...capable of causing at least twice the amount of destruction." "Scarlet With looks like a fashion model, all aboard da Avengers 2 runway!" This a bit of a vague, though somewhat accurate statement. Elisabeth Olsen is STUNNING, so you'd expect any concept art that takes her likeness in consideration would be also. You probably know the way comic characters are drawn; almost exclusively attractive, based on concepts of an "ideal" (unless it serves the character/back story), so any film version of any of these characters will most probably be attractive (rightly or wrongly). If your point is that she, or they are TOO attractive, you may have a point. But as you know, actors that people find attractive are usually more popular. It all plays into marketability, appeal, and ultimately, box office returns. And at the end of the day, irrespective of fan-service, genuine attempts at innovation, creativity and individuality, the major studios will NEVER put out a product that they don't think has the potential to make a profit. Thankfully some studios are evolving, and leaning more and more to the innovative/intelligent side of things, but in the end the product has to make money. "Quicksilver looks silly with that spandex and WTF Whedon no silver hair!? You seem to like Singers interpretation and I know a few people that love it, so this is more down to personal preference. I personally think Singer's Quicksilver looks ridiculous, and disagree with the fact that you think Singer has managed to translate Quicksilver to the big screen (both of our statements are a little silly since we're basing our opinions solely on his look lol). Now, of course any interpretation of a comic-book character would have variations to help it translate. But from what we've seen, Singer's version has nothing to do with any iteration in comics (bar the hair and goggles). He's obviously designed things using the era as the focal point (metallic leather jacket, overall look), but he's altered or changed everything from his stature & physique to his signature insignia to an inclusion of a utility belt. So I'd argue that he's actually done the exact opposite of properly translating the comic-book character to film (again somewhat premature considering how little we've seen). While all we've seen is the concept art, the minimalist look is probably the best way to go when dealing with a suit that's typically teal/turquoise and silver. And thankfully, it doesn't look like it's straight spandex. "Plus I watched that Assembling a Universe crap, real propaganda at it's finest. Oh yeah I also liked how they completely ignored Edward Norton, what a bunch of jerks because it was Marvel's own fault. They most importantly forgot to highlight their own weakness and struggles along their journey, it was just stupid marketing filled with stuff we already knew. I expected much more." I agree with most of that actually. The feature is clearly another cog in the hype machine, and you wouldn't really expect them to include any of the problems they've had along the way. Hopefully 10/20 years from now, there'll be an awesome indie documentary on all this, warts and all. I think most know Ed Norton was shafted. From most (reputable) reports, he expected a certain level of creative input/control when he signed on, and the eventual clashes between him, the production team and some the Marvel hierarchy caused a little animosity between the sides. So though his relative "exclusion" from the MU sucks, its expected. And in the same breath, I am so excited to see what Ruffalo will do with Banner/The Hulk, O, and if you told me 15 years ago, that there'd be an Ant-Man flick in production BEFORE a decent Fantastic Four movie, I would have laughed... hard.

T. Hakeem on Mar 19, 2014

19

Can't with to see Rudd in the Ant Man uniform.

Xerxexx on Mar 18, 2014

20

I really wish Hollywood would grow up a bit and stop this relentless barrage of nerdy comic book crap. We're not all 12 year old geeks.

JohnnyWishbone on Mar 19, 2014

21

Soooo you clicked on this hyperlink becauuuuuuuuse..............

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 19, 2014

22

Because he's a fucking idiot lol

dvt on Mar 19, 2014

23

Hey there, actually that is IT. They are not trying to market their products to adults. Take for instance, have you been to a local comic store recently? It is not filled with kids/teens, but mostly adults, and looking ahead, after our generation (assuming we are the same) could spell dire concerns for the comic book industry thus why you see all these as means to lure kids/teens not only to the stores but to purchase their goods.

Gooniesmurf on Mar 19, 2014

24

Nope, we are adult geeks who run Google, Apple and have changed the way television shows are made and why summer movies belongs to geeks.

mooreworthy on Mar 19, 2014

25

Elisabeth Taylor and Aaron-Taylor Johnson will be siblings in this new Avengers film, while in the new Godzilla film they're playing lovers. Incest much?

thejon93rd on Mar 19, 2014

26

Um....no....

Steven on Mar 19, 2014

27

Hopefully, all Marvel movie rights will go end up back under one studio. 20th Fox and Sony keep showing themselves unworthy to retain the movie rights to Marvel characters. Will the individuals who made the terrible decision to split the Marvel characters between different movie studios please step forward and confess your error.

Mark III on Mar 19, 2014

28

Is Star Lords mask mainly to be able to breathe in an alien atmosphere or is it to enhance something? Anyone know?

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 19, 2014

29

Now enter Spidey, Wolverine, and Ray Stevensons Punisher!!

Angry Lester on Mar 19, 2014

30

That will never happen, too much legal mombo jumbo

Fidel Reyes on Mar 19, 2014

31

Ermagod HULKBUSTER!!!!

Brian Sleider on Mar 19, 2014

32

...and I think you'll find it's "Ermagerd" -- ^__^ !!!

f00768500 on Jul 18, 2014

33

Really? You cannot correct spelling on made up words.

Brian Sleider on Jul 18, 2014

34

Welll... seems like *I* managed ok! ^__^

f00768500 on Jul 27, 2014

35

Hulk buster would be the sh*t!

mooreworthy on Mar 19, 2014

36

That GotG image reeks of Firefly... which isn't a bad thing

CDR on Mar 26, 2014

37

In the special, there was a shot of some lady standing next to an oversized Iron Man hand. Hulkbuster maybe?

Joey Hidalgo on Mar 27, 2014

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