Avengers Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Most FX Used In Any Marvel Movie Ever?

Avengers Age of Ultron

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will reportedly have the most visual effects of any movie in Marvel’s history to date. That makes it sound like there will be tons, but when you really sit down and think about it, it makes perfect sense due to what the movie will reportedly contain. Marvel needs to up the ante for Age of Ultron in order to improve upon the original Avengers film, which was a smash hit at the box office and earned Marvel Cinematic Universe a rightful place as a true, large-sum money making comic universe brand. Already, reports are surfacing that Age of Ultron may bring forth the trademark Avengers group splitting in half, which would quickly lead into a Civil War type dynamic that will be explored in Captain America 3. Rumors are also swirling that the set up for an eventual Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers crossover will also take place in Captain America 3, and will be further detailed in Avengers 3 when the two groups team up.

The Number Of Visual Shot Effects

Joss Whedon and the Avengers crew plan to outdo the insanely successful original Avengers movie through giving Avengers: Age of Ultron more visual effects. According to Hollywood Reporter, it is currently estimated that Avengers: Age of Ultron will have more than 3,000 VFX (visual effects) shots. This estimation puts Age of Ultron ahead of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, which had 2,500 VFX shots and 2,750 VFX shots respectively. The high amount of VFX shots aren’t just Marvel showing off their skills, though. The effects shots are going to be absolutely necessary for the abilities and skill sets that the characters within the movie possess.

Considering the subtitle of the movie bears his name, it’s pretty apparent that Ultron is going to be important in the film. Ultron is a robotic character, but he is definitely not the type that could be pulled off by a guy in a suit. Ultron is a super intelligence that is also cloud-connected, and if the promotional art reveals anything, it’s that he’s going to inhabit an army of doubles, thus adding to the number of visual effects needed. Other characters that will likely need a fair amount of visual effects work include the Vision, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. In addition to those new characters, visual effects will still obviously be necessary for the Hulk and Iron Man. Of course, these characters’ skill sets can’t cover every reason for the high amount of VFX… especially considering multiple explosions are an Avengers staple.


Robert Downey Jr. May Not Appear In Iron Man 4


Everyone’s favorite sarcastic, blueberry munching, iron-clad hero has been played by Robert Downey Jr. for six action-packed years. Could he now be throwing in the towel and walking away from the Iron Man series?

Downey Jr., the world’s highest paid actor, has been circling around the States to promote his newest film, The Judge. While on David Letterman’s Late Show, the two started on the topic of Iron Man. Said Downey Jr. of Marvel: “They do have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce — they’re very secretive about it.” After being pressured a bit more on the subject of Iron Man 4, he relented with, “Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

However, this directly contradicts what he said on The Ellen Degeneres Show, less than 24 hours prior to his appearance on The Late Show.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Past And Future

Downey Jr.’s career with Marvel has been a smooth ride; the actor quickly grew into a fan favorite and could easily be said to be the cornerstone of Iron Man‘s success. With all three Iron Man movies receiving highly-rated critiques from reviewers, it seems highly unlikely that Downey Jr. would actually go through with a recast of his main role.

It could be that he’s just looking for more money before officially signing the deal for Iron Man 4, but that seems unlikely considering the immense wage he’s already receiving. The contradiction might be a reevaluation of Downey Jr.’s reception, but that seems even more preposterous in light of his accomplishments regarding the Iron Man series.

Another theory is that the actor’s stunt is nothing more than a plot to generate further interest in Iron Man 4. I mean, I don’t think that’s necessary, considering the sheer popularity of the series. However, Downey Jr. might be hoping to raise the 73% and 78% approval ratings from Iron Man 2 and 3 respectively. It may seem rather coy to suggest that he won’t appear in the movie, and end up keeping the role, but the interest generated might be worth it when the box office records show.

It’s in this way that Downey Jr. reflects off the character he’s so well-known for: whatever the situation, he always manages to bring the spotlight down on himself. Hopefully, fans will be able to count on Downey Jr. clarifying whether or not he’s going to reappear in Iron Man 4, because no one else can quite pull off Tony Stark’s sarcasm as Robert Downey Jr. can.