'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reshoots Adding More Action

Monday, 01 December 2014 09:26 Written by  iamrogue
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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reshoots Adding More Action

Early in 2015, Earth's Mightiest Heroes will reassemble for additional photography on Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Sometimes, when you hear about reshoots, it means a project needs extensive reworking.  That was the case with World War Z, which needed a whole new third act a few years back.

At Marvel Studios, however, extra shooting days well after principal photography are part of each and every production, with reshoots baked right into the budget and shooting schedule.  This allows the studio to iron out any kinks, or course, but it also creates opportunities for new crowd-pleasing moments or Easter Eggs.

So if the headline proclaiming reshoots on Avengers: Age of Ultron has you spooked, relax.  This is standard operating procedure at Marvel Studios.

According to The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, the man who regularly provides 007 scoops, the stars of the Avengers sequel will reconvene at Pinewood Studios outside London for two weeks of additional shooting under writer-director Joss Whedon.

The new material, Bamigboye reports, is designed to add "a bit more kick-ass on an extravagant scale."

So basically, Whedon and Marvel are goosing Avengers: Age of Ultron with more action to ensure audiences get plenty of bang for their buck. 

This is important for the Avengers franchise in particular.  It's the flagship series, the main event, the three-ring circus of superhero franchises, and each installment has to up the ante on not just its predecessor, but all the Marvel movies that have come before.  Since Phase 2 has really blown the doors off superpowered shenanigans and event movie explosions, Age of Ultron has to go very, very big.

Whedon has put out the call to his cast, specifically advising Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, and Tom Hiddleston to be available for the pickups next month.

It was just last month that Idris Elba let the cat out of the bag, spoiling Heimdall and Loki cameos from he and Hiddleston.  Loki's a fan-favorite, so moviegoers will doubtless be happy to see the villain showing up again.

Bamigboye also specifies that Avengers: Infinity War - Parts 1 and 2 are shooting back to back, most likely at Pinewood.  Since the two parts are scheduled to open just a year apart, in May 2018 and 2019, we assumed that they'd film as one big production.  With Whedon expected to make Age of Ultron his swan song at Marvel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War helmers Joe and Anthony Russo are the frontrunners to take over on Infinity War.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015.

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