The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Cobie As: Agent Maria Hill
Additional Cast: Rober Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Written By: Joss Whedon
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Running time: 141 minutes
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Superhero
Website: Internet Movie Database

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.

Facts & Trivia

– Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during filming, so many of her scenes were scheduled early in filming, before she began to show. To help hide her pregnancy later in filming, three stunt doubles were hired. This caused a lot of confusion amongst the other actors since, according to them, all of the stunt women looked very similar to Johansson. Chris Evans stated that it got to the point where he would say hello, and start a conversation with one of them, only to realize midway, that the person he was talking to wasn’t Johansson. Ultimately, some scenes used CGI to hide Johansson’s belly.

– Because Ultron was eight to nine feet tall, the 5-foot 10-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 actors 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.

– James Spader was Joss Whedon’s first and only choice for the role of Ultron, because of his “hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, while also being very human and humorous”.

– On James Spader’s first day on set, the cast was so impressed by his performance, that they applauded and cheered for him after his first take.

– 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 Three (2013).

– Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have stated in separate interviews that Joss Whedon initially hadn’t told them the arc of the plot, with Evans claiming that he didn’t even know the title of the film until the official announcement at Comic-Con. Additionally, Hemsworth and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) have both admitted to not knowing who Ultron is.