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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Character: Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Written by: Joss Whedon

Produced by: Victoria Alonso, Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Michael Grillo, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau

Cast Members: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Released date: May 1, 2015

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan.

FILMING

Filming began on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, having been postponed that Monday. Second unit crews shot action sequences without the main cast, to be used as background plates for scenes featuring the Hulk, in the Central Business District of Johannesburg for a period of two weeks. By mid-March, principal photography had begun at Shepperton Studios near London and was scheduled to film there for at least four months, under the working title After Party. Filming at Shepperton as well as other locations in England allowed Whedon to get a “number of different looks and textures and moods” to give the film a different palette and fresh aesthetic from its predecessor. Production designer Charles Wood built an enormous, new Avengers Tower set, one of the largest sets ever built for a Marvel film. The set featured multiple connected environments and levels. On March 22, production moved to Fort Bard, Italy and continued in the Aosta Valley region through March 28. The region doubled as the fictional Eastern European nation of Sokovia, with crews replacing local storefronts with Cyrillic script. Filming in South Korea began on March 30 on the Mapo Bridge, and continued through April 14 at various locations in Seoul. While in Seoul, the production was able to attach cameras to drones and race cars to get unique camera angles and footage. An artificial island on the Han River known as the Saebit Dungdungseom served as the headquarters of an IT institute featured in the film. Scenes involving Ultron’s attack on parts of the city were shot in the Gangnam District.

In April, shooting began in Hawley Woods in Hampshire, England, and Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in previous MCU films, filmed scenes inside the Rivoli Ballroom in London while extras performed the Lindy Hop. That June, scenes were shot at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and at Dover Castle in Kent, with Dover Castle used for interior shots of Strucker’s Hydra base in Sokovia. The next month, filming took place at a training facility for London’s Metropolitan Police Service, which doubled as a city in Sokovia. Additional filming took place in Chittagong, Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard, and in New York City. On August 6, Whedon announced on social media that he had completed principal photography on Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

SET PHOTOS

 

RELEASE

Avengers: Age of Ultron made its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on April 13, 2015, and held its European premiere on April 21 at the Vue West End in London. The film was released in 11 territories on April 22, with its release jumping to 55% of its international market (44 countries) by the end of its first weekend, before releasing on May 1 in the United States, in 3D and IMAX 3D. In the United States, the film opened in 4,276 theaters, including 2,761 3D theaters, 364 IMAX, 400 premium large format, and 143 D-Box theaters. Many independent theater owners in Germany (approximately 700 screens) boycotted the film in response to Disney raising its rental fee from 47.7% to 53% of ticket sales. The owners felt that the “increased fees, coupled with the cost of digitization, and rising staff and marketing costs may force some of them out of business.”

 

PRODUCTION STILLS

 

 

TRIVIA (only including Elizabeth and/or her character)

  • Because Ultron was eight to nine feet tall, the five-foot ten-inch James Spader had to wear an antenna-like contraption made out of a thick piece of wire, with two red balls attached to the top that went up his entire back and three feet above his head. This was done so that the cast members that shared scenes with him would have a reference point for where his eyes would be. The two red balls represented the placement of Ultron’s eyes. Elizabeth Olsen stated that this was actually distracting, because Spader would be giving an intense performance and out of instinct, she would look at him rather than the balls representing his eyes. Much to everyone’s amusement, whenever this happened, Aaron Taylor-Johnson would yell “Red balls! Look at his balls, Lizzie!” at her in order to get her to look in the right direction.
  • It took Joss Whedon a year to convince Aaron Taylor-Johnson to accept the role of Quicksilver. Johnson was concerned over the intensity of the Marvel contracts, the time constraints, and the fact that it was going to be such a large cast. Even after he accepted the role, he was still nervous, but was comforted after he learned that his friend, and Godzilla (2014) co-star, Elizabeth Olsen, would be playing his sister, and would be his filming partner throughout most of the movie.
  • The trailer was viewed 34 million times on YouTube in the first 24 hours after it was released. This broke the record that was previously held by Iron Man 3 (2013).
  • Joss Whedon cast Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch because he thought their powers would be cool to use in a film: “Their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers. Quicksilver’s got super-speed, Scarlet Witch can weave spells, and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. That’s good stuff they can do, that will help keep it fresh.”
  • “Marvel Ultimates” comic is famous for featuring a controversial incestuous storyline between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. According to Elizabeth Olsen, while this particular aspect would not be overtly present in the film, she and Aaron Taylor-Johnson “played around” with certain parts of it: “Every time you see an image of them, they’re always holding each other’s hand and looking over each other’s shoulder. They’re always so close, it’s almost uncomfortable. Aaron and I have been playing a little bit with those kinds of images just for ourselves.”
  • Character screen times:
    Captain America = 50:25
    Iron Man = 45:34
    Black Widow = 33:07
    Quicksilver = 26:43
    Bruce Banner/The Hulk = 23:55
    Scarlet Witch = 20:59
    Hawkeye = 19:56
    Thor = 14:18
    The Vision = 8:41
  • Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson consulted each other before accepting the roles of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The two became friends while filming Godzilla (2014), and as soon as they found out that both had offers, they called each other to check if the other was doing it before signing on.
  • The prelude to this film is on the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson described his approach to Quicksilver as inspired by the “Marvel Ultimates” comic: “He and his sister have been abandoned by their parents, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending, and looking out for themselves, and each other. His sister really is his guidance, emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice-versa. He’s very overprotective physically, he doesn’t want anyone touching her.”
  • When Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson learned that their roles Wanda and Pietro Maximoff would be based on their “Marvel Ultimates” version, they both read and studied every single issue in order to prepare for the role.
  • In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are born mutants. In this movie, they got their powers due to experimentation of HYDRA on them. This change has to do with the fact that 20th Century Fox holds the rights to the X-Men films and the whole mutant concept. Therefore, this change was intended to disassociate the film from the X-Men film franchise to avoid legal issues.
  • Elizabeth Olsen worked with a dance choreographer to make her movements more graceful for action sequences.
  • Joss Whedon described this film as “Smaller. More personal. More painful. The next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what worked the first time. A theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”
  • According to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, no one realized that no plans for a wrap-party had been made until the last day of filming. As a result, Joss Whedon gathered the cast at the end of the day and made them walk around the small Italian town in which they were filming, while it snowed heavily, until he found an appropriate place for a party. They finally found a small club and the cast, along with Whedon, danced until four in the morning.
  • Elizabeth Olsen described the Scarlet Witch as unstable: “She has such a vast amount of knowledge, that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly, so it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly-stimulated, and she can connect to this world, and parallel worlds, at the same time.”
  • Elizabeth Olsen stated in an interview that she is happy that her character’s outfit is not accurate to the comic book, as it would be inappropriate for combat.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen worked back-to-back with each other, first playing husband and wife in Godzilla (2014), and now brother and sister in this film.
  • (at around 49 mins) When Scarlet Witch tries to mind control Hawkeye, he neutralizes her and quips “I tried the mind control thing. Not a fan!” This is a reference to Jeremy Renner being openly displeased with his character being mind controlled by Loki during most of The Avengers (2012).
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) were announced before the release of this film.
  • To keep production a secret, the working title for the film was “After Party”.
  • Joss Whedon was inspired by The Godfather: Part II (1974): “It’s a very different movie from the first film and a ton The general attire of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff in this film is a tribute to their appearance in X-Men: Evolution (2000), where Pietro had on blue jeans and sports shirts, and Wanda had on a black dress and red coat.
  • (at around 36 mins) During his first meeting with the Maximoffs, Ultron is seen wearing a crimson cloth like a cloak with a hood. In his first appearance (Avengers #54 1968), he wore one throughout the comic, and had the alias of the Crimson Cowl.
  • Shooting in South Korea occurred in the Gangnam district, the area that originated the popular song “Gangnam Style”. The cast and crew danced to that song during breaks.
  • According to visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend, whenever Scarlet Witch uses her power, either a star or a circle can be seen. This is an homage to the Hex bolts that she has in the Marvel comics, which were in the form of geometric shapes.
  • Saoirse Ronan was considered to play Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch.
  • One of the highest grossing opening days ever for any film, hitting around eighty-five million dollars in its first day.
  • This is Chapter Five of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Elizabeth Olsen drew on her relationship with her older brother and her twin sisters to prepare for the role.
  • The first two Avengers movies have a mid-credits scenes about Thanos, in some way expressing his anger towards Earth and the human race; this sets up for Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • As of May 17, 2015, it is the third Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to pass one billion dollars worldwide, taking only twenty-four days to do so.
  • The film had the second biggest weekend opening ever, with the biggest opening weekend belonging to The Avengers (2012).
  • Lindsay Lohan auditioned for the role of Wanda Maximoff.
  • First film released in new IMAX Laser 3-D format.
  • (at around 39 mins) When Pietro tells Ultron the story of how he and his sister lost their parents, at the moment Wanda says “Stark” her eyes glow red.
  • Sasha Pieterse was considered for the role of Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch.
  • As of Summer 2015, it holds the record for largest share of a weekend box-office, accounting for 84.5 percent of the total taken in by the top twelve grossing films, during its opening weekend.
  • Throughout the whole movie, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are referred to as “The Twins”, “The Enhanced”, “Wanda and Pietro Maximoff”, or “the Maximoffs”.
  • Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda Maximoff, the fraternal twin of Quicksilver. Olsen is in fact two years older than Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • Chris Evans and Aaron Taylor-Johnson share the same birthday, June 13. Coincidentally, Elizabeth Olsen’s sisters, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, share this same birthday as well.
  • In this movie, Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) has a twin brother. In real-life, Olsen has two older sisters who are twins, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.
  • (at around 1h 55 mins) Pietro mentions to Wanda that he was born twelve minutes before her. In real-life, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro) is two years younger than Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda).
  • Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Josh Brolin appeared in Oldboy (2013).
  • When Wanda was mind warping the Avengers, after she influences Thor, immediately retorts “No one can influence me, for I am Mighty!” The Thor comic had the title “The Mighty Thor”
  • Unlike the comic books, Scarlet Witch doesn’t wear a red suit.

Spoilers
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

  • The movie sets up future Marvel movies. The presence of Ulysses Klaue and the fictional country of Wakanda sets up Black Panther (2018), Thor’s visions of an apocalyptic event on Asgard and the Infinity Stones sets up Thor: Ragnarok (2017), The assemblance of the New Avengers and departures of Tony Stark and Hawkeye sets up Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Thanos taking the Infinity Gauntlet sets up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • For the first time, a major hero (Quicksilver) dies permanently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All other Marvel heroes have either stayed alive, nearly died, or been resurrected.
  • Before the release of the movie, Loki’s scepter was confirmed to house, and be powered by, an Infinity Stone. Many speculated that the Stone in question was the Mind Stone, given how it was used by Loki in The Avengers (2012). Here, it is revealed by Thor himself that Loki’s scepter was in fact the Mind Stone, except it wasn’t the blue gem visible to everyone. The blue gem seen in the previous movie, featuring the scepter, is actually a container for the Mind Stone, while the Stone itself is yellow. In the Comics, however, the Mind Stone is blue.
  • Neither Quicksilver, nor Scarlet Witch, are called by their superhero names in this film. They are referred to as “the Enhanced”, “the Twins”, or their full names Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. However, Tony Stark calls Wanda a witch during his fight with the Hulk.
  • (at around 2h) When The Vision rescues Scarlet Witch, and carries her away, they have a “moment”. In the comics, the two end up married.
  • Scarlet Witch wears a new costume at the end of the film, which is based on her “Uncanny Avengers” uniform (a low-cut blouse and pants, with a coat on top).
  • All of the main, original Avengers in this film are manipulated in some way by Scarlet Witch, with the exception of Hawkeye. Incidentally, Hawkeye was the only member of the original Avengers to be under the mind control of Loki in The Avengers (2012).
  • (at around 1h 45 mins) Foreshadowing Quicksilver’s death, Captain America tells Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver that, “If you get hurt, hurt ’em back, if you get killed, walk it off.” While Cap is saying all this, they switch between showing the three characters, to whom he’s talking. When he says the line “if you get killed, walk it off”, Quicksilver is shown.
  • Long before the release of the movie, Joss Whedon said that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would not be immediate allies of The Avengers.
  • The Lego sets for the film have spoiled some parts of the movie like the Hulkbuster Lego set, in which Scarlet Witch has caused the Hulk to rampage.
  • In the end of the movie, we can see the new Avengers: Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and War Machine.
  • (at around 29 mins) Ultron’s very first body (dubbed Ultron Mark 1) resembles a very worn out, heavily damaged endoskeletal Iron Legion drone. However, his limbs appear very asymmetrical. This is because Ultron actually created that first body from the disassembled Iron Legion Drone 03, as well as using other parts, which accounts for the patchwork-esque look. Strangely enough, the robotic bodies seen earlier on before the title card, that later become Ultron’s drones, share this same, asymmetrical aesthetic. In fact, the only one of Ultron’s forms to sport a symmetrical appearance, is the body he has, by the time he meets Wanda and Pietro Maximoff in Sokovia, dubbed “Ultron Prime”.
  • Prior to the release of the film, people were wondering why the Hulk and Iron Man (in Hulkbuster armor) were fighting. One popular theory is that they were simply sparring to see who was stronger. Of course, in the final film, they were fighting because Scarlet Witch manipulated Hulk.

 

QUOTES

 

Wanda Maximoff: Ultron can’t see the difference between saving the world and destroying it. Where do you think he gets that?

 

Ultron: If you stay here, you’ll die.
Wanda Maximoff: I just did. Do you know how it felt?
[Wanda tears out Ultron’s metal heart] Wanda Maximoff: It felt like that.

 

[Ultron begins to transfer his mind into an artificial body] Wanda Maximoff: [looking at the Cradle] I can read him. He is… dreaming.
[walks up and touches the Cradle, but after seeing a vision of Earth being destroyed she screams with horror] Wanda Maximoff: You said… you said we were going to destroy the Avengers… make a better world!
Ultron: It will be.
Wanda Maximoff: When everyone is dead?
Ultron: That is not… the human race will have every opportunity to improve!
Wanda Maximoff: And if they don’t?
Ultron: Ask Noah.

 

Clint Barton: Hey. Hey, you okay?
Wanda Maximoff: This is all our fault.
Clint Barton: Hey, look at me. It’s your fault, it’s everyone’s fault, who cares. Are you up for this? Are you? Look, I just need to know cause the city is flying. Ok, look, the city is flying, we’re fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense. But I’m going back out there cause it’s my job. Ok, and I can’t do my job and babysit. Doesn’t matter what you did, or what you were. If you go out there, you fight and you fight to kill. Stay in here, you’re good. I’ll send your brother to come find you. But if you step out that door, you are an Avenger. All right, good chat.

 

Wanda Maximoff: Everybody’s afraid of something.
Ulysses Klaue: Cuttlefish! Deep sea fish, they make lights, disco lights, whomp, whomp, whomp, to hypnotize their prey, and then whomp! I saw a documentary; it was terrifying. So, if you’re going to fiddle with my brain, and make me see a giant Cuttlefish, then I know you don’t do business and I know you’re not in charge and I only deal with the man in charge!
Ultron: [Grabs Klaue, throws him through a wall] There is no MAN in charge… Let’s talk business.

 

Wanda Maximoff: You keep stealing, you’re going to get shot!… I mean it! At speed, nothing can touch you, but standing still…

 

Wanda Maximoff: I want to finish the mission. I want the big one.

 

Ultron: You’re wondering why you can’t look inside my head.
Wanda Maximoff: Sometimes it’s hard. But sooner or later, every man shows himself.
Ultron: Oh, I’m sure they do.
[he stands and takes off his cloak] Ultron: But you needed something more than a man. That’s why you let Stark take the sceptre.
Wanda Maximoff: I didn’t expect…
[nods at Ultron] Wanda Maximoff: But I saw Stark’s fear. I knew it would control him. Make him self-destruct.
Ultron: Everyone creates the thing they dread. Men of peace create engines of war. Invaders create avengers. People create… smaller people? Uhh… children!
[chuckles] Ultron: Lost the word there. Children. Designed to supplant them. Help them… end.
Wanda Maximoff: Is that why you’ve come? To end the Avengers?
Ultron: I’ve come to save the world! But also… yeah.

 

AWARDS

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2016
Winner – Saturn Award Best Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne
Nominee – Saturn Award Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture
Nominee – Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor: Paul Bettany
Nominee – Saturn Award Best Special Effects: Paul Corbould, Christopher Townsend, Ben Snow, Paul Butterworth

 

Annie Awards 2016
Winner – Annie Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Nominee – Annie Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Nominee – Annie Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Live Action Production

 

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2015
Nominee – AACTA Award Best Visual Effects or Animation

 

Awards Circuit Community Awards 2015
Nominee – ACCA Best Stunt Ensemble

 

Behind the Voice Actors Awards 2016
Winner – BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film: James Spader
Nominee – BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film: James Spader

 

BMI Film & TV Awards 2016
Winner – BMI Film Music Award Film Music

 

Golden Schmoes Awards 2015
Nominee – Golden Schmoes Most Overrated Movie of the Year
Nominee – Golden Schmoes Biggest Disappointment of the Year
Nominee – Golden Schmoes Best Trailer of the Year
Nominee – Golden Schmoes Best DVD/Blu-Ray of the Year
Nominee – Golden Schmoes Best T&A of the Year: Scarlett Johansson

 

Golden Trailer Awards 2015
Winner – Golden Trailer Best Summer 2015 Blockbuster
Winner – Golden Trailer Best Sound Editing
Nominee – Golden Trailer Best in Show

 

Golden Trailer Awards 2014
Nominee – Golden Trailer Best Motion/Title Graphics

 

Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) 2015
Nominee – HMMA Award Best Original Score – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

 

Hugo Awards 2016
Nominee – Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

 

IGN Summer Movie Awards 2015
Nominee – IGN People’s Choice Award Best Comic Book Adaptation Movie

 

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) 2015
Nominee – Halfway Award Best Visual Effects

 

Jupiter Award 2016
Nominee – Jupiter Award Best International Actor: Chris Hemsworth

 

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA 2016
Nominee – Blimp Award Favorite Movie Actress: Scarlett Johansson
Nominee – Blimp Award Favorite Movie
Nominee – Blimp Award Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Nominee – Blimp Award Favorite Movie Actor: Chris Evans
Nominee – Blimp Award Favorite Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth

 

Max Movie Awards, South Korea 2016
Nominee – Max Movie Award Best Trailer

 

MTV Movie + TV Awards 2016
Nominee – MTV Movie Award Movie of the Year
Nominee – MTV Movie Award Best Hero: Chris Evans
Nominee – MTV Movie Award Best Villain: James Spader
Nominee – MTV Movie Award Best Virtual Performance: James Spader
Nominee – MTV Movie Award Ensemble Cast
Nominee – MTV Movie Award Best Fight: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

 

People’s Choice Awards, USA 2016
Nominee – People’s Choice Award Favorite Movie

 

Phoenix Critics Circle 2015
Nominee – PCC Award Best Science Fiction Film

 

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards 2015
Nominee – Rondo Statuette Best Movie

 

SXSW Film Festival 2016
Nominee – SXSW Film Design Award Excellence in Title Design

 

Teen Choice Awards 2015
Winner – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Scene Stealer: Chris Evans
Nominee – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Nominee – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Robert Downey Jr.
Nominee – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Chris Evans
Nominee – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Scarlett Johansson
Nominee – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Breakout Star: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Visual Effects Society Awards 2016
Nominee – VES Award Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
Nominee – VES Award Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Nominee – VES Award Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

 

World Stunt Awards 2016
Nominee – Taurus World Stunt Award Best Work with a Vehicle





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