Seeing double: Two body doubles for Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow, stepped out in all-black ensembles
When his ripped arms aren’t working as a portable pram to his three gorgeous children India Rose, two, and three-month old twin boys Tristan and Sasha, Chris Hemsworth puts his physique to work playing powerful superhero Thor.
The Aussie hunk was busy shooting scenes for the Marvel superhero sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, in London on Thursday and showed off his toned biceps in a tight black singlet top which he teamed with grey trousers and sturdy boots.
In between takes Chris kicked back in a chauffeured buggy texting on his phone, perhaps checking in with wife and mother of his three children Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, who he married in December 2010.
Also on set were actors Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow body doubles, who stepped out in all-black ensembles and the Black Widow’s trademark auburn locks.
‘Well my first reaction was I was very happy for her and very excited for her,’ Kevin said to Collider.
‘My second reaction was we've got to move some pieces on the chess board around schedule-wise. But we didn't change the script at all, which is sort of the most important things for us in terms of the storyline,' he added.
Meanwhile it looked to be a dramatic day on location, with various massive explosions going off on the London set.
Clever tricks: Scarlett's baby bump will be edited out of the film
In character: Chris Evans steps out in a heavy-duty body suit
Baby on board! Scarlett is due to give birth to her first child in August
With a scheduled release for May 2015 fans are literally counting down the days until the sequel to the hugely successful Avengers, which pulled a whopping $1.5 billion dollars and became the third highest-grossing film in history.
Shooting has taken place all across the globe, including South Korea and Italy, but now the majority of the cast are filming in England.
Indeed, 30-year-old Chris says fans are in for a treat with the highly-anticipated second film. ‘Everything is ramped up. It kind of blew me away reading it. I don’t know how [director] Joss [Whedon] does it, but everyone has gone up another notch and the whole thing is bigger and more exciting and crazier. Yeah, he's a genius,’ he told Collider.
Drink break: Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson sips from a silver cup on the back of the buggy
A moment of calm: Actor Chris Hemsworth quickly checks his phone between takes while filming Avengers: Age of Ultron in London on Thursday
All aboard! The actor's ripped arms were on full display in a tight black singlet top
Highly-anticipated: With a scheduled release for May 2015, fans are literally counting down the days until for the Avengers sequel
Cover your ears! Various explosions went off throughout the day
FULL Entertainment Weekly SCANS
After revealing the first Avengers: Age of Ultron images and plot details, Entertainment Weekly has now fully released its new San Diego Comic-Con preview issue, and it reveals even more tidbits about the highly-anticipated Marvel sequel. First, it's confirmed that the Maximoff twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who Joss Whedon considers part of 'Team Ultron,' are orphan castoffs with a "firey hate" for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. "He's quick-tempored. He gets agitated. He's impatient. But he's super-protective," says Aaron Taylor-Johnson of his speedster character. "He had to become a father figure to his twin sister. He's physical and she's psychological. It's kind of them against the world." Elizabeth Olsen says of her telekinesis-harnessing character, "It's not that she's insane, it's just that she's overly stimulated."
Joss Whedon then reveals a fourth "Team Ultron" member in the Vision, who the director confirms that having Paul Bettany, the voice actor behind Tony Stark's artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S., portray in Avengers: Age of Ultron is no coincidence; but he wouldn't say anything more. "By his own admission, Paul's very disappointed that he actually has to show up this time," deadpans Robert Downey Jr. As reported here, EW also describes The Vision as a "synthetic, superpowered human designed by Ultron to show that he, too, has the power to create life." Interesting.
Last, but not least, Joss Whedon also addressed Scarlett Johansson being noticably pregnant while filming her fourth turn as Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow. "She's not going to spend the whole movie carrying groceries," assures the director. "We didn't trim any scenes. We're like, 'We'll make it work.'" It's revealed that Scarlett Johansson had three stunt doubles who, despite resembling the actress, had CGI markers on their faces to later be covered by Johansson's in post-production. "It's always funny," says Chris Evans of the ScarJo doubles. "You walk by, 'Hey, Scarlett--oh, weird. You're not Scarlett at all. Sorry. A lot of fake Scarletts around." EW also described part of the sequence they saw being filmed which involved Ultron's Iron Legion opening fire on the Avengers for the first time. While Black Widow was seen firing back in a high-waisted cocktail dress that clearly covered her baby bump, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) was seen nearby sticking his fingers in his ears trying not to Hulk-out in response. It's rumored the two have a love connection in Age of Ultron, but that wasn't addressed in the Entertainment Weekly article. What do you think?
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, with Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader. The film is set for release on May 1, 2015.
“They’re gypsies in a way. They’re romani. They’re sort of like travellers,” says Aaron Taylor-Johnson of Wanda and Pietro Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. “They’re very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he’s physical and she’s psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.” While the twins lack a family or any connections to the world, they do have secret grudge against the Avengers. Whedon explains, “I’m interested because there’s familial issues with that kind of resentment. You can sort of go deeper and I can play with their relationships and I can play with attitudes. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver hate them with a fiery hate…”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson continues, “When you look in the comic books, you see a lot of the time that [Wanda] always sort of mothering him. He’s like the father figure and she’s like the mother figure. Emotionally, she can stabilize him, and he protects her physically, vice-versa. So they have this beautiful connection and it’s kind of them against the world.” Elizabeth Olsen chimes in about her character, “The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.” She continued, “In the comics, every time you see an image of them, they’re always holding each other’s hand and looking over each other’s shoulder. They’re always so close, it’s almost uncomfortable. Aaron and I have been playing a little bit with those kinds of images just for ourselves.”
Like the twins, Joss Whedon considers a fourth member of Team Ultron in the Vision, who is played by Paul Bettany. The director says it's no coincidence that the British voice behind Tony Stark's artificial intellegence J.A.R.V.I.S. is now playing the Vision in Age of Ultron, “but I’m not going to tell you any more...” However, Robert Downey Jr. had a little more to say about the synthetic, superpowered human who designed by Ultron in the film. “Things only happen arbitrarily in Kevin Feige’s Marvel universe by mistake, and I think he’s maybe made two mistakes and they weren’t really in the movies,” he says. “They were more in like the easter eggs early on. Things that he didn’t have as much final say over but would nowadays.” EW then asked the Iron Man 3 star to clarify that it's not an accident that the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. is now playing The Vision. “Yeah, I don’t think Kevin would let that happen,” Downey replied. “Again, it’s like if you think about the five different ways that [The Vision] could come together, this one’s definitely the most interesting of the five. I was running other scenarios and I’ve seen it progress over drafts. It was just kind of really good, right from the start.”
Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican then goes to reveal that he say test footage of the Vision's make-up during the Avengers: Age of Ultron set visit. “...His face seemed to be a little more on the purple side of the spectrum than orange, the overall look of the synthezoid has a slightly more technological edge than the original 1968 introduction. He’s a bit more Borg and a little less Crayola.”
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