It’s so hard to impress the kids these days, isn’t it?
Well, when you’re going to the movie this weekend of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” then maybe you can have a few fun facts along the way that could impress the little ones you’re taking there.
Of course, don’t spout off these facts during the movie, but you can do it on the way there, and on the way back.
Also check out a review of the movie here, and see pictures of the premiere here, and box office predictions.
Chris Hemsworth beat out his brother Liam for the part of Thor.
In a party scene, it is the first time that Thor has ever been seen in regular clothes without his cape. They worked with the actor to find the right combination of jeans, jacket and shirt that would dress his shape and not look themed or fancy. That is the scene, too that Thor brings out a special drink for the Avengers creator Stan Lee, whose cameo in this film is as a war veteran. It’s hysterical
In the comics, Ultron was created by Dr Hank Pym (Ant-Man) who isn’t in this movie version. In this film Ultron is a dormant project developed by Tony Stark, while Pym gets his own separate story in an upcoming movie, “Ant-Man” coming out later this year.
The voice is played by “Black List” actor James Spader and when filming he had to wear an antennae-like contraption made out of a thick piece of wire with two red balls attached to the top that was three feet above his head, so that the actors would look up at where the creature’s eyes would be. Spader uses his natural speaking voice for Ultron, with no accent or alteration of his voice.
Ultron sings “No Strings On Me” from the 1940’s Disney animated classic “Pinocchio.” He is the modern day version of a sinister puppet
Paul Bettany is Vision, and he played the voice of the computer Jarvis in both “Iron Man 1” and “Iron Man 2.”
In the comic book version, the Wasp is the one who gives the Vision his name, but in the movie, Thor, dubs his the Vision after a dream he gets because of the Scarlet Witch.
In a key scene, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye stops the vision from the Scarlet Witch and says, “I tried the mind control thing. Not a fan!” This is referring to his mind being controlled by Loki during most of “The Avengers” movie. His bow can shoot more arrows and it has a night-sight device.
Hawkeye’s new uniform combines elements of his original Marvel Comic outfit, his Ultimate Marvel outfit, and his Ronin identity.
Hawkeye’s wife, Linda Cardellini, played Velma in the “Scooby-Doo” action movies. That makes her line: “You know, I totally support your avenging,” even more deliciously funny.
Also the Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olsen (one of the Olsen Twins who go their start on TV’s “Full House”) plays the Scarlet Witch named Wanda while Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays her brother. They also played husband and wife in “Godzilla.”
The actress said she’s happy that her outfit isn’t the same as in the comic books because it would be really hard to wear in combat.
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson playing the role was asked to lose weight (muscle mass in particular) because he looked too strong to portray a runner.
He is nicknamed Quicksilver, (which isn’t used in the movie), and ironically, the same character will appear in an upcoming “X-Men” movie, but with a different actor
Samuel L. Jackson makes at least half a dozen movies a year. There’s a rumor that he will have his own “Nick Fury” Marvel movie. He is the one who makes cameos at the end of many of the Marvel films and talks to other characters as he recruits the Avengers team.
He is also Jedi knight Mace Windu in three of the “Star Wars” films.
Actor Chris Evans turned down the role many times. Robert Downey Jr., who also serves as a producer for the “Avenger” films, finally called him up to convince him to take the role.
Captain America’s shield is now like a boomerang, and can be called back due to a magnetic clip.
Robert Downey Jr. was once nominated for an Academy Award for “Chaplain” and worried that he would never do anything as good as that again. His wise-cracking “Iron Man” catapulted him back to a box office name.
In every movie featuring Tony Stark, Downey is always grabbed by the throat. Thor grabs Tony by the throat, making this the fift time.
Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine in the “X-Men” series wants to join the “Avenger” movies if only to battle Iron Man, he says.
Actor Mark Ruffalo (who is also scientist Bruce Banner) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) have the same birthdate of June 13. They also have a distinct love interest going on in this film.
There was another “Hulk” film in 2003 played by Eric Bana and Edward Norton was in “The Incredible Hulk” in 2008 but there were some difficulties with the actor and Marvel (Norton asked for script credit, etc.) and Ruffalo replaced him.
TV’s “Hulk” Lou Ferrigno contributed to the voice of the Hulk in this film.
Scarlett Johansson wanted this part so bad that she dyed her hair red for the second time that she met with the director.
She was pregnant during much of the filming, by three months, and a lot of her scenes had to be shot before she was showing too much. Some of her big belly was blotted out by CGI. Ironically, she tells the others that she was sterlized as part of final lesson of her training as a spy.