Marvel Studios Holding Mysterious Event, AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Breaks Records, AGENT CARTER Adds to Cast

Lyndsy Fonseca
Credit: Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios is taking a page from Silicon Valley, and issued a surprise, and mysterious, invitation for Tuesday, October 28. The invitations, extended to Newsarama and other sites that cover comic book movies, says nothing other than the date, the morning time, and the location of the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. The invitation certainly brings to mind what Apple has done when announcing a major product in the past. It does specify the event is a Marvel Studios one, not Marvel Comics.

So what could be big enough for their own “special event”? Following Warner Bros.' Internet-capturing DC movie reveal last week, immediate speculation has to turn to Phase 3 of Marvel's film slate. Will we get an official announcement on Captain America: Civil War? Maybe they finally have some casting and other information about Doctor Strange. Or heck, even something out of left field, like a Captain Marvel announcement could take place. Whichever way it pans out, you can bet an event like this, which is relatively unprecedented in the industry, will likely have something major to reveal.


AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Breaks Records Before It Even Debuts

After a leak forced Marvel to release Avengers: Age of Ultron’s first official trailer early, the company is now trumpeting the fact that the rushed trailer has garnered the most views ever in its first 24 hours.

According to Marvel’s Ryan Penagos, this trailer garnered 34.3 million global views in the first 24 hours of its release, breaking the previous record-holder for first-day viewings, Iron Man 3. The biggest trailer launch when measured for the first week is currently held by Fifty Shades of Grey, which garnered 100 million in its first week according to Deadline.

Will Avengers: Age of Ultron beat that? Stay tuned.

Originally the trailer was being held to debut after October 28’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but since that debut was spoiled Marvel mentioned that another film snippet, an “exclusive piece” from Avengers: Age of Ultron will be shown during that slot instead. Sounds like Plan B is in effect. We'll not here, as well, that this will be several hours after the special Marvel Studios event Tuesday morning, so some of that could sneak in.


AGENT CARTER Casts Its 'Anchor'

From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Agent Carter, Marvel has recruited a sidekick of sorts for Peggy with actress Lyndsy Fonseca. Fonseca will play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring New York actress who befriends Peggy outside of her work.

In a previously leaked casting sheet published by FilmDivider.com, this character was described as Carter’s “anchor to the world away from S.H.I.E.L.D.” According to Marvel’s statement, this is the final cast member for the series’ first season.


ULTRON’s Intentions Unveiled?

Ultron’s the bad guy, the Avengers are the good guys – that’s all you need, right? Wrong. USA Today’s Brian Truitt revealed today on a podcast the specifics on why Ultron takes the actions in Avengers: Age of Ultron and what’s teased in the trailer: he’s doing it to protect us.

“Ultron is programmed to maintain peace but becomes sentient,” Truitt says. “What happens is that he gets it in his mind that he needs to wipe out humanity for the sake of humanity, and that’s why there’s the Ultron army.”

Although Truitt didn’t reveal his sources for this information, he acknowledged having visited the set of the film. If accurate, this would confirm widespread internet speculation about the motivations of the angry android. It also follows, very closely, the arc of Ultron on the animated series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, though it was, of course, Hank Pym who created and programmed the robot there.

 

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