New Poster! Plus Danny Elfman Explains His Work on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Monday, 16 March 2015 09:41 Written by  iamrogue
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New Poster! Plus Danny Elfman Explains His Work on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Another new Avengers: Age of Ultron poster has arrived, showcasing teen heartthrob/vibranium villain Ultron.

That's not all, either, because all-star composer Danny Elfman has clarified just what he's doing contributing music to the Marvel sequel.

Back when Disney kicked off this Avengers 2 poster parade, we were all shocked to see Elfman's name on the theatrical one sheet, where he was given an "additional music by" credit.  A lot of eager fans immediately speculated that Elfman, who composed the scores for Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, was on board to provide musical accompaniment for the wall-crawler, who is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but probably not until Captain America: Civil War next year.

Elfman himself revealed that his work on Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't actually Spider-Man-related on the radio, though.  Speaking to 891 ABC Adelaide (via Comic Book Movie), Elfman explained, "I was doing the same thing actually just last week because I’ve contributed music to the new Avengers movie. I took part of Alan Silvestri’s theme on the original [movie], which I really liked, and I pulled it into it new theme, which became kind of a hybrid. I really enjoyed that."

Brian Tyler, who composed the scores for both Iron Man Three and Thor: The Dark World, is the point man on the Age of Ultron score, but it sounds like Marvel is looking to up its theme game on the sequel to its biggest hit so far.  The studio hasn't exactly excelled in creating memorable, anthemic themes for its heroes so far, but with Elfman overhauling Silvestri's solid work The Avengers, that might change.

On to the poster!  We've seen a bunch of character posters promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron already, starting with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Then we saw one for Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), then a bumper crop showcasing Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as one for Captain America (Chris Evans)Everything came up Hawkguy (Jeremy Renner) when the Milhouse of the MCU got his own poster, followed by new additions Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)

And now, it's time for the bad guy to get his due:

Ultron is the bastard robo-child of Tony Stark, who created him to oversee the Iron Legion, a global drone force designed to take some heat off The Avengers, who've been acting as world police since S.H.I.E.L.D.  went up in smoke thanks to Cap's heroics in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Except Ultron has ideas of his own, ideas that start with wiping out Earth's Mightiest Heroes then proceeding to humanity at large.

This bad guy is portrayed by none other than James Spader via motion-capture.

Writer-director Joss Whedon recently explained, "Spader’s really good at that and he’s really good at finding the darkness, but also the comedy. The comedy is always a huge thing for me. Tom Hiddleston is hilarious. Hiddleston can turn on a dime, which is my favourite thing. He can be absolutely apocalyptic and then, ‘Um, point of order?’"

"Ultron has the same thing. He is very different, obviously, in his rhythms and his concepts, but for me it’s a guy who’s that angry and who hates the Avengers that much and is also a robot and is therefore going to have every issue that a robot’s going to have with humanity anyway… there’s a lot to play there. For me, he’s an iconic figure."

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 1st.

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