5 Things You Should Know Before Seeing Avengers 2


Over the past decade we have watched Marvel adapt their comicbooks for the big screen. A few years ago we finally got to see the Marvel Studios shared universe come to fruition, leading up to the 2012 release of The Avengers, one of the largest critical and financial pay-offs in cinema history. So obviously there is alot of anticipation surrounding the release of the upcoming sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here are 5 Things you should know before seeing Avengers 2 from our friends at AgeOfTheNerd.com!

1. This movie is a cumulation of multiple plot threads, laid out in the many MCU installments. Unlike the first Avengers film, this movie definitely assumes the audience is up to date on the lore of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Although each installment in Phase 2 succeeds as a stand alone film, they also add to the shared universe and continue to expand on the over arching storyline that this is all inevitably leading up to. I’m not saying that every open-ended plot point will progress or even be adressed, but would like to remind the audience that this film is more of a continuation of Phase 2 than it is a direct sequel to The Avengers. Similar to the first time around, its fair to expect writer/director Joss Whedon to make mention of the of key story arcs and characters, along with quick ways to write them out of the film.

2. ‘Agents of Shield’ is irrelevant. I’m sure plenty of sites will sit down and point out all the tv show tie-ins and easter eggs, but at the end of the day that show is pretty much irrelavant when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In my opinion 2 seasons attempting to generate a fan following, and coming up short is a pretty big failure. I find it kind of insane because anything live-action for Marvel sells itself at this point, yet ‘Agents of Shield’ just can’t seem to grab the viewers attention. Despite gaining some critical steam over the past season, the show still doesn’t pull in strong numbers. Maybe its because the show is poorly promoted and they have yet really sell me on the idea that it ties in the to the larger shared universe. This show is supposed to provide me with my weekly fill of the Marvel universe. Not even the fan favorite Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) can draw me in and except for the ocassional theatrical tie-in episodes, which are still often lack luster and few and far between, there is nothing compelling about the show. Overall I would have to say ‘Agents of Shield’ fails to properly utilize the Marvel brand.

3. This is not the same Quicksilver as depicted in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In this film Quicksilver is portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, not Evan Peters. There are obviosuly similarities between the two, but there are also some major differences. Some of these differences are related to the studio rights, which prevents Marvel Studios from reffering to any character as a mutant or using any of their mutant backstories. This leaves Whedon and company in charge of creating a fresh origin for the character, along with a unique film technique to showcase the characters’ powers (X-Men really set the bar for Quicksilver if you ask me). In the end we can debate over which version is better following release, but just know this is 2 different intrepretations of the character performed by 2 different actors.

4. If you can’t sit down and watch them all, here are ‘The 3 Marvel movies you should see before Avengers 2.’
As I previously mentioned this film definitely makes the assumption that the viewer is fairly up to date on the overall shared universe. You don’t half to watch all 10 of the previous MCU installments to be in the know but there are definetely a few you should check out before hitting the theater. Here is what I consider to be the three most important films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.

  • Lets start off with Marvels first installment in their shared universe, Iron Man. This is one of the most relevant standalone films in the MCU, at least as far as the pre-Avengers movies go. Tony Stark is not only one of the main characters of the Avengers, but is also the center point for many key plot threads throughout the film. Eleven movies deep and the actions of Tony Stark are still rippling through the MCU and effecting the universe in unpredictable ways. If you dont have the time to sit down and watch the entire Iron Man franchise, make sure to at least check out the first installment.
  • After Iron Man was firmly established Marvel moved on and used Phase 1 to begin development on the rest of their shared universe, introducing the other key characters, mainly through stand alone origin films. Despite the fact that I enjoy these films and could make a compelling argument on why each one is a necessary viewing experience, the truth is that if your not interested or your pressed for time you can skip ahead to our next main title, The Avengers. Like I previously mentioned Avengers: Age of Ultron is not really a direct sequel but it is still a sequel nonetheless. This is cause enough to go back and revisit the teams’ first outing before heading to the box office. The Avengers was the first time we finally got to see all the key players on screen together and kicking @ss. This film was also the worlds first real look at this shared universe fleshed out and really coming together. And lets not forget to mention you need to see the first installment so you can join the inevitable “which was better” debate that has really already begun.
  • Excluding Iron Man 3, I pretty much like every movie in the Marvel phase 2 line-up. We got follow-up sequels to all of our main characters, plus the addition of The Guardians of the Galaxy. We can quibble over the best phase 2 installment all day, but I have to say Captain America 2 has the most impact on the shared universe, at least for the immediate future (GOTG arguably has larger long-term implications). Although every installment in phase 2 has tie-ins to the larger story arc and shared universe, its Captain America: The Winter Soldier that really feels like a follow-up to the Avengers, and a lead-in for the sequel.

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron is not the final installment of Marvel Phase 2. Just 2 months after the events of Avengers 2, we will finally get to see Marvel’s tiniest hero on the big screen in Ant-Man. The first Avengers film ended the Marvel’s phase 1 initiative and returned to the big screen with a group of sequels designed to further develop the characters and lay the ground work for the future of the shared universe. This time around, we will be introduced to a new character in the final chapter of Phase 2. Weather this is due to the fact that Ant-Man is an essential aspect of Phase 2, or they just decided this would be the best time to introduce a new character, is not yet clear and honestly I feel it could go either way. It seems to me if they just planned on introducing us to a new character in a fresh solo film, Edgar Wright would still be attached to the project. At the same time there really isn’t much to suggest that Ant-Man will tie-in to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Honestly only time will tell (Thank god we don’t have that long to wait!).

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be hitting theaters in the U.S. on May 1st, 2015. Let us know what you think about the return of Earth’s Mightiest in the comments below!

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Alice Braga and Luke Hemsworth Talk ‘Kill Me Three Times’

During the press day for Kill Me Three Times, our awesome friends at AgeofTheNerd.com were given the opportunity to chat with actors Alice Braga and Luke Hemsworth. The dark comedy stars Pegg as a hitman who comes to take out a target only to discover three tales of “mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge” in the small town. And of course madness ensues.

During our interview, the duo talked about the appeal of the script, the challenges of shooting the film, the chemistry between their characters, and much, more. you can see


Did you see this project as a vacation?

HEMSWORTH: [Laughs] Fuck Yeah.

BRAGA: [Laughs] For someone else, not for me. It was more of a torture. [Laughs] No, I’m kidding. It was beautiful. I’ve been to Australia only in 2000 to visit my sister. But no it wasn’t a vacation—It was a lot of work.

HEMSWORTH: It was a vacation for me. [Laughs]

BRAGA: He was surfing.

HEMSWORTH: Nah, I would look at my schedule and be like yes—I’m not working for 4 days and there is a huge swell. And I’m in Western Australia, where there are great waves, and big sharks. And I would go surfing. I took my own surfboard—and originally we surfed in the film, but it didn’t make it—I spent a lot of my time off in the water. Just surfing.

You said “big sharks”, is that part of the appeal?

HEMSWORTH: It’s not. It’s part of the reality. Yeah, sharks are a weird part of a surfer, especially in WA. WA tends to be notorious for having huge sharks and a lot of sharks. Um, Yeah… I haven’t seen any yet or touch one [laughs].

So what was the appeal for you? What intrigued you? Did you know you were going to get banged around and bashed up?

BRAGA: When I read the script, I was like ok, this is going to be interesting. I think it’s going to be a lot of work. [giggles] Its funny because I got connected to the project way before everybody because I knew the producer, Laurence Malkin, for a long time because he is my agent’s brother. So, they knew each other, they knew about me, and we talked about the script. And they sent it to me and I liked it, but it was something way, way in the beginning. And then they hired one director that ended up not doing the film, and then they hired Kriv. So when the thing started getting together, I got very curious about it. One, because I never worked in Australia. I never worked with an Australian director, and that’s something that always appeals to me when I‘m going get a job or something. Like who is the director, what kind of connection could I have, what can I learn from him. And I saw his work, “Boxing Day”, which is a beautiful film that he directed. I really enjoyed the work with actors, and the story was very interesting. I was curious to know who was going to be the cast, especially because it is such a film that is a balance of being comedy, action, and greed, and dark, and violent, and you know, having a little bit of everything to put that together. I was very curious how it would be made. And for me specifically, I thought it would be a lot of fun to play a character like that. Even though, it’s more of the emotional part of the film. I thought it would be a nice challenge. Being Brazilian—if you get a chance—I feel very lucky that I got a chance to work abroad. In every part of the world that I work, I meet different people, different crews, and different actors that inspire me so much. The idea to go to Australia and work with an Australian director, Australian crew, in a really different film with a phenomenal actor like Simon Pegg, which is someone who is always been on my list of people that I wanted to work with. And I always admire his work so much. It was just perfect. And I answered all the questions. [Laughs] Sorry guys, you asked a question and I was like dada…dada…da [laughs].

Luke, is it far to refer to this as your first U.S. release?

HEMSWORTH: It is, definitely. Yeah. I’ve done two films before this that never got U.S. released or distribution. But this is sort of—popping my cherry.

What does it ultimately mean to you? You’ve seen what its done for your brothers’ careers. You know, what it feels like to be breaking through. Like was City of God the one for you in the U.S.

BRAGA: For the U.S., yeah definitely.

HEMSWORTH: Um, I never really look at it from that point of view. It’s a bonus if it works. I always see it from the point of view of enjoying that moment and hoping that it works. And hoping that if it doesn’t, it will be whatever. Hopefully I’m growing as a person, as an actor, and in terms of doing those things with wonderful people. You want your baby to be successful. Sometimes they are just not up to it. [Laughs] Hopefully this is. [Laughs] I think it is.

What has been sort of the interesting part of having family members paving a way for your acting dynasty. For you, seeing that happen first, and has there been any downside to having them come before you?

HEMSWORTH: Um, look, yes and no. I don’t think, I never think about it as a huge part of our lives. It creeps in, in terms of when we’re together there is the definite negative part is the exposure in terms of paparazzi. You know, it’s a huge part of this world that I never thought I would hate so much. But I can’t stand it, and none of us can. They deal with it a lot better than I do, but for some reason I cannot get into my head why these people are allowed to stalk you. And it’s basically stalking when you boil it down. So that’s a huge negative. Um… Whether I’m allowed to have that view is always another question.

Is it different in Australia with paparazzi?

HEMSWORTH: It’s a little different. In some areas, I think the access here is a lot easier. You know, Australia is a huge country with not many people at all. It is very easy to get lost and get away from things. Where as here, you get areas that are very, very concentrated. There is Malibu Point, West Hollywood, hot spots that you kind of stay away from. Chris and Liam both live there, but that’s what they do. Yeah, It’s something I never get used to. Never get use to someone popping out and take your photo. I literally had that the other day and I said “why, why?” And he said, “we weren’t even waiting for you.” And I said, “why are you taking photos?”

On the plus side, do you think you came to Hollywood a little more prepared for the different kinds of career experiences?

HEMSWORTH: Yes and no. Those doors are open because of Chris and Liam, and there are also things that are a lot more difficult, I think. There is a preconception; people have an expectation of you that sometimes you can’t meet. It kind of forces you to be on top of your game I think. It kind of maybe made me a better performer. At least I hope so. Ultimately, it’s great. Usually, its positive and warm regards.

Did you have fun on SNL with your brothers?

HEMSWORTH: It was great. [Laughs] It was a wonderful day. It was really kind of surreal. We got flown in a chopper from our airport. It was like Air Force One. [Laughs] I thought, “Why, why are we doing this?” And then we got to where ever we were. I have no idea, because my directions are all scrambled. We got in our car, and there was a police escort in front of us. We took off, and we were stopped in the traffic. And the police escort has their lights on. And I’m like, “no one is moving.” And the driver says, “yeah, welcome to New York.” [Laughs]

Alice, what was the part of the movie that you didn’t realize was going to be so challenging when you said yes?

BRAGA: Oh, this is going to be interesting. Um, I don’t know what part because it’s funny…

HEMSWORTH: Kissing me [laughs]. It was really difficult, right?

BRAGA: It was very hard. Very hard. [Laughs] It was hard, because he became a brother, and you want to punch him all the time.

HEMSWORTH: Yeah, it’s a bit weird. [Laughs]

BRAGA: Um, no, it was very physical. So by the end—when you’re like barefoot and covered with sticky blood—People would touch me, and I’m like, “ok, can you not touch me because I got the blood all over my face.” I remember sending a picture to my mom, and she asked, “when are you doing the romantic comedy you promised me again, because you keep doing zombie, action, kind of crazy, insane, dramatic films.” So, no, it’s a joke. But I thought, I knew it was going to be a hard one. But definitely being barefoot on set everyday, and being thrown into a trunk by someone who isn’t a very gentle person. [Laughs] No, I’m kidding. But it was very physical, but I loved it. I love films like this.

What did you do to come up with the right chemistry for your relationship?

BRAGA: The good thing is that we became friends right away.

HEMSWORTH: Straight away, yeah.

BRAGA: It’s funny; we met at the screen test together. We did the reading sitting on the floor and talking. It was great—and I knew Chris before because we share the same manager—so I knew Chris before. As I said about the Australians, it’s funny; it’s a lot like Brazilians. So there isn’t this boundary of that cultural thing. He’s like making jokes all the time. I’m making jokes. So we kind of became friends right away.

HEMSWORTH: Yeah, it was really easy. Yeah, we started punching each other straight away.

BRAGA: And I punch him all the time. [Laughs] He would always say, “Stop making fun”. And I think that definitely helped. So we felt comfortable with each other. So apart from trying to create something, I think with just the friendship and hanging together with everybody.

HEMSWORTH: That’s right, it’s there, and you never let it go. You don’t have to create anything. You know, it’s inherently an easy part of the relationship. There is an ease that comes with it because you have spent time with each other and it feels right to be in this weird caravan in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing fabricated.

BRAGA: I’m glad people are thinking that it worked, because sometimes when it doesn’t, it’s hard because it’s not believable.

So when are you going to do your romantic comedy? Your mom wanted me to ask you.

BRAGA: I’m reading a bunch of stuff, and trying to do auditions. I don’t know, it’s a happy coincidence that I started doing action films and all of that. And I love doing drama, so even the projects that I get, I end up going for the drama part. And it’s definitely something that I want to start to do because of the challenge of being something so different that I have done before. And I’m looking for it still because I did a pilot for a TV series for USA Network called “Queen of the South”. We still don’t know if it’s going to be picked up or not. We are finishing the post production, but I’ve read the book and its amazing. The story is about a girl who starts dating this drug dealer that gets killed, and people try to kill her. My mom was like, “Thank you. Awesome.Now you are going to spend five years of your life being the girl trying to be killed.” [Laughs] It’s based in Mexico, and then she comes to the United States. But it’s a joke. I really like in film, especially, I want to do many different things. I wanted to do it, because I wanted to do many different things, like dramatic comedy in Brazil with a director that I love there. It’s a very independent project. Some little stuff. I did a film with Liam as well, but its a drama. So it kind of—

HEMSWORTH: [laughs] I’m not Liam.

BRAGA: But you’re a Hemsworth.

HEMSWORTH: Oh yeah. [laughs]

BRAGA: You know—it’s your family. It’s funny. But it is a period piece, so its not action.

Can you share one important thing that you’ve learned working on this film with Kriv?

HEMSWORTH: To love the blood. [Laughs]

BRAGA: To love the blood. For me it would be, Kriv is such a positive director. I feel that definitely being so positive and so passionate and knowing exactly what he wanted. That brings so much. He always made me feel confident more than anything, and listened a lot to what I was saying. And I would listen a lot to what he was saying. So I learned a lot about the exchange between an actor and the director. I love directors, and it’s great when you find someone that is generous and kind, but at the same time knows what he wants, and is firm with the decision that he wants. “This is great, but lets try this. We should try something else.” And that exchange—once you get it—it’s magical, because it’s painless. It’s like you just go together. It’s kind of like a dance.

HEMSWORTH: Definitely, there is a dialogue that comes with trusting your director. A lot of time it doesn’t have to be spoken. There are things that he will do and say, and you instantly understand what he’s saying without any kind of hyperbole or him having to explain, you know, “blah, blah, blah, blah. It just needs to be more like this.” Ok, cool. Bang. Off you go in another direction. There is shorthand that you learn with certain directors that allow you to access things very easily.

Have you staked a claim on any Marvel characters, since your brother is Thor?

HEMSWORTH: I want Batman. F*ck Marvel. [Laughs] I’m a DC guy.

Kill Me Three Times is currently available on VOD and will arrive in theaters on April 10, 2015.


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Interview With Actor Tohoru Masamune Who Plays Shredder In The New TMNT Film


SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen this film this article contains potential spoilers and key pieces of information.

We got chance to speak with Tohoru Masamune, about his performance in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Check out what he has to say right here!

Q: How did this project come up?
A; “ I received a phone call saying we would like to offer you a part in the new ninja turtles movie. Your character has a name, but we can’t tell what it is. They really wouldn’t tell me anything apart the role, but i was so excited I probably still would done it even if it was an offer for foot pan #3. The studio kept it a secret all the way up to the day we were shooting. I’m sitting in make-up and still didn’t know anything about my character or who I was portraying. Once the began to apply make-up and scarring, I quickly realized I was at least playing a villain. Still they never made the full eveal until we actually began shooting.

Q: How long did was the make-up process take?
A: “It would take about 3 hours working with the same make-up artists from the Walking Dead. It was an awesome experience watching them turn me into this sinister looking character.

Q; How much of the suit was actually CGI?
A: Except for the prop suit you first see, the entire armored suit was CGI created in post production. Once the suit goes on, I’m pretty much out of the picture. There was no green or anything like that. For me it was just all smoke and mirror camera tricks. I voiced everything once I’m in the suit, but the stunt guys and post procession team are responsible for everything in the suit. But i wish i could fight like that.

Tohoru-MasamuneQ; A lot of fans believe Eric Sachs is actually Shredder. Have you been getting a lot of questions about the confusion and do you ever feel like just yelling out “I AM SHREDDER!”?
A: It’s a funny problem to have. I play Shredder, but I really couldn’t tell anyone. It’s not a problem I am used to having.
Once the story that William Fichtner would be playing Shredder was out there Paramount wanted to play into that hype, so they asked me to please keep quite about the whole thing.
But no I never found it frustrating or aggravating. It was a little weird not being to tell my friends, mainly because you go to work for months and can’t talk to anyone about what you working on. Thats sort of strange. But It’s all part of the game and it was fun. I just loved shooting the film and being part of the team bringing Shredder to life.

Q: At the end of the film we see Shredder clench his fist, implying there’s still some life in him. Does that mean we can expect to see Shredder return? Maybe Super Shredder?
A: Masamune laughs and states: I’m the wrong person to ask about that. Maybe if I ever become a big movie star they will let me in on this kind of stuff, but for now nobody knows. I actually hadn’t viewed that scene until the screening of the final cut of the film, and had the same wishful thoughts. As for now I am just taking it on project by project. But when it comes to the character, Shredder is pretty much immortal, and there is always potential for the character to return.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Review

TMNT3(PCM) This movie is without a doubt facing an up-hill battle. Since production on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has begun the film has been the center of criticism and speculation. Some people hear Michael Bay’s name attached, even as a producer and immediately discredit the film. These criticisms have without a doubt been preemptive, but are they unjust? Does this new age era of turtles give over-enthusiastic fanboys a film they can enjoy while providing an movie aimed at children that is possibly fun for the whole family? The short answer: sort of?

Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

The movie opens with an awesome animated sequence that was really impressive in 3d. It was very similar to the animated sequence in ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows pt:1′. Sadly that was probably the best visual sequence in the entire film. The movie has a it’s moments but for the most part the visuals look budgeted. The fight scenes are pretty much CGI characters jumping and flipping around, with lots of cut aways. Theres really nothing unique or special about the fight scenes or the overall visuals of the film. Director Jonathan Liebesman was brought in to provide a Michael Bay imitation, and thats exactly what we get. There are a few over the top action scenes that are fun and enjoyable but at the end of the day it honestly looks like they were just aiming for “good enough”.

The turtles are goofy, splinter is super goofy and Shredder is pretty much a Transformer. His entire outfit is CGI. All in all, it’s pretty easy to pick this movie apart. There’s actually a scene where it’s pouring down rain, very layered in 3D yet Megan Fox and the rest of the cast are completely dry. They’re not even acknowledging the fact that it’s supposed to be raining. That’s just lazy. But this is in no way Megan Fox’s fault. Actually to Fox’s credit, she gives a believable (as possible) performance as our main human protagonist, April O’Neil. She clearly still remembers her experience from Transformers and does a pretty good job interacting with the CGI characters. Fox also does a good job delivering some of the more comedic moments in the film. Fans shouldn’t really have to much to complain about when it comes to Fox’s performance, but as for story, this film adds ridiculous and unnecessary back story to the April O’Neil character.

This movie is all sorts of silly and gives critics plenty of ammo to tear this movie apart. I would have a hard time recommending anyone go spend money to see this in theaters when there are plenty of better options (mainly ‘Guardians’.. It’s the middle of august, there’s not a lot happening). But if you responsible for young ones that are currently obsessing over TMNT the way we did when we were children, I say go for it. The movie has a runtime of a 100 minutes. Even if you can’t stand the film, im sure kids will get 100 minutes of jaw dropping enjoyment out of it and it’s small chunk out of your day. If you are an adult fanboy of the the Ninja Turtles, it’s safe to say this will be let down. The good news is now that we’ve significantly lowered your expectations, you may have a chance to enjoy this film and franchise for what it is and what its always been. A ridiculous story about four teenage turtles who learn karate and love pizza.

Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Tohoru Masamune who play’s Shredder in the film!

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