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Scarlett Johansson says Joss Whedon's script for The Avengers: Age of Ultron is "dark and dry"

01.15.2014

Let's take a quick poll: how many of you saw the word "dark" in the headline and groaned and/or rolled your eyes? I know it's the popular word lately when talking about comic book movies, but Scarlett Johansson has some very nice things to say about Joss Whedon's script for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. The actress was recently interviewed by Parade Magazine, and they asked her what fans should expect in the new film.

"Well, we can expect the Avengers. Joss [Whedon], again, is back, wrote the script, and is directing. I think the script is dark and it’s dry, it’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor. Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”

Does that mean we should expect THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to be as dark as say THE DARK KNIGHT? Probably not, but obviously things are going to get very serious in the next film, and in future movies. Marvel's cinematic universe is getting bigger and bigger with each new movie, and the stakes will probably be higher in THE AVENGERS: THE AGE OF ULTRON than they were in the first movie. We saw how the events in the last movie impacted the lives of Iron Man and Thor in their post-Avengers solo films, and I can only imagine how f*cked up some of these characters might be after having to deal with Ultron in the next movie.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be released on May 1st, 2015.

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Source: Parade Magazine

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7:23AM on 01/16/2014
With all these extra characters they will need to make part 1 and 2 6 months apart just to give them all decent air time. The more the merrier. Keep em comin Joss.
With all these extra characters they will need to make part 1 and 2 6 months apart just to give them all decent air time. The more the merrier. Keep em comin Joss.
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12:07PM on 01/15/2014

o:

Yay, more one liner/catch phrasey movies. :/
Yay, more one liner/catch phrasey movies. :/
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11:49AM on 01/15/2014

I'm kind of glad about that

I thought there was too much comedy in The Avengers, so much that it overpowered any dramatic impact the movie wanted to have. This sounds like there'll still be humour, but I'll actually be able to find the situations intense, actually be able to care about the characters and the plot and there'll actually be some palpable drama rather than a comedy-action movie like the first where the attempted dramatic moments fell flat and everything seemed like a joke.
I thought there was too much comedy in The Avengers, so much that it overpowered any dramatic impact the movie wanted to have. This sounds like there'll still be humour, but I'll actually be able to find the situations intense, actually be able to care about the characters and the plot and there'll actually be some palpable drama rather than a comedy-action movie like the first where the attempted dramatic moments fell flat and everything seemed like a joke.
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11:44AM on 01/15/2014
And Whedon also said the film would be smaller in scale and more personal for each hero. So what Johansson is saying is pretty accurate.

I still have a feeling someone dies (none of the main seven), but perhaps Rhodey and/or Pepper. And the reason I think those two is because I feel like Tony has the most to lose at this point.
And Whedon also said the film would be smaller in scale and more personal for each hero. So what Johansson is saying is pretty accurate.

I still have a feeling someone dies (none of the main seven), but perhaps Rhodey and/or Pepper. And the reason I think those two is because I feel like Tony has the most to lose at this point.
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8:55PM on 01/15/2014
I hope it's Pepper... Nothing against her, but I just think it'd be more powerful of a death and give more of a reason for Tony to go back to suit you know?
Because if you remember in Iron Man 3 one of the main principal reasons he gave up the suit was for her.
And also I've just seen enough of black people dying first in movies.
Shit... Lol!
Though that being said... I wouldn't be surprised if that happened.
Here's to Avengers 2. I wish it all the best.
P.S. There better be
I hope it's Pepper... Nothing against her, but I just think it'd be more powerful of a death and give more of a reason for Tony to go back to suit you know?
Because if you remember in Iron Man 3 one of the main principal reasons he gave up the suit was for her.
And also I've just seen enough of black people dying first in movies.
Shit... Lol!
Though that being said... I wouldn't be surprised if that happened.
Here's to Avengers 2. I wish it all the best.
P.S. There better be a Dr. Strange Post Credit scene.
I've been dying to see that guy!
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11:43AM on 01/15/2014
Ugh!
First she says, '...is dark and it’s dry.' -And I said to myself bullshit!
Then she says, '...it’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor." -And I thought to myself, there's that cheesy, goofy Marvel film we know.
Ugh!
First she says, '...is dark and it’s dry.' -And I said to myself bullshit!
Then she says, '...it’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor." -And I thought to myself, there's that cheesy, goofy Marvel film we know.
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11:26AM on 01/15/2014

If you ask me...

I believe when she says dry... I think she's referring to the dialogue and humor surrounding Ultron. Him being a robot and all, you can imagine why. Just think Terminator 2. I think its going in a similar direction as far as humor goes.
Can't wait!
P.S I bet Roady's going to die.
I believe when she says dry... I think she's referring to the dialogue and humor surrounding Ultron. Him being a robot and all, you can imagine why. Just think Terminator 2. I think its going in a similar direction as far as humor goes.
Can't wait!
P.S I bet Roady's going to die.
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10:37AM on 01/15/2014

As for the Age of Ultron story line

I am reading the storyline which currently out in the comic shop, and I will say that a lot of heroes are getting their asses kicked by Ultron whose purpose is to rid the earth of human beings.
I am reading the storyline which currently out in the comic shop, and I will say that a lot of heroes are getting their asses kicked by Ultron whose purpose is to rid the earth of human beings.
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11:50AM on 01/15/2014
They only used the name for the subtitle. As far as Whedon has said, none of the events in the book will be happening on the screen.
They only used the name for the subtitle. As far as Whedon has said, none of the events in the book will be happening on the screen.
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10:28AM on 01/15/2014

Maybe it's a cultural thing, but...

....If something has "amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor", how can it be "dry" at the same time?
Because in my language - apart form the literal meaning - 'dry' means that it's humorless.
Someone? Explanation?
....If something has "amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor", how can it be "dry" at the same time?
Because in my language - apart form the literal meaning - 'dry' means that it's humorless.
Someone? Explanation?
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10:34AM on 01/15/2014
Well, the most logical explanation is that...
She is an actress...
As in: I say things, but it doesn't mean I know what I'm talking about...
Well, the most logical explanation is that...
She is an actress...
As in: I say things, but it doesn't mean I know what I'm talking about...
10:44AM on 01/15/2014
Have you not seen Monty Python, that is the epitome of dry humor, I don't think she means its dull or dessicated but that his wit as always is sharp and that the jokes are going to be less of the fart variety and more of the sarcastic deadpan variety.
Have you not seen Monty Python, that is the epitome of dry humor, I don't think she means its dull or dessicated but that his wit as always is sharp and that the jokes are going to be less of the fart variety and more of the sarcastic deadpan variety.
11:25AM on 01/16/2014
Thank you!
Thank you!
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9:12AM on 01/15/2014
I'm still disappointed that the depressing (but very well done) Cap America scenes were cut from the first installment. I prefer my superhero stuff mostly serious (so you can imagine how I hate the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series…ugh… they ditched Spectacular Spider-Man for that???). It would have put a totally different light on Steve Rodgers in the movie. Instead, all I remember of him is that goofy looking suit (well helmet really) in two notable scenes that should have played out far
I'm still disappointed that the depressing (but very well done) Cap America scenes were cut from the first installment. I prefer my superhero stuff mostly serious (so you can imagine how I hate the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series…ugh… they ditched Spectacular Spider-Man for that???). It would have put a totally different light on Steve Rodgers in the movie. Instead, all I remember of him is that goofy looking suit (well helmet really) in two notable scenes that should have played out far more badass than was the case. When he pops up to save the German fellow and when they suit up for the final mission and he's walking with Hawkeye and Widow flanking him. Still, looks like the tone of those cut scenes will be replicated in Winter Soldier and that's why I'm eagerly awaiting its release.
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8:38AM on 01/15/2014
Wasn't Whedon's original idea for the first Avengers is to have it a little darker than the final product? In any case, this is good to hear rather then what we heard from January Jones in X-Men First Class.
Wasn't Whedon's original idea for the first Avengers is to have it a little darker than the final product? In any case, this is good to hear rather then what we heard from January Jones in X-Men First Class.
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8:15AM on 01/15/2014
Thank you Scarlette. this movie ranks higher on my anticipation list than Star Wars or Superman. nice to see her opinion of the script is more than just "its good"
Thank you Scarlette. this movie ranks higher on my anticipation list than Star Wars or Superman. nice to see her opinion of the script is more than just "its good"
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8:14AM on 01/15/2014
Johansson's description sounds promising. Avengers: Age of Ultron will have "gravity" and be "cerebral". It is also "dry", possibly meaning that it requires analysis while watching. Amidst all of this heavy stuff, beloved characters make their quips. Possibly, Whedon has re-discovered the approach that made his Buffy the Vampire Slayer so great.
Johansson's description sounds promising. Avengers: Age of Ultron will have "gravity" and be "cerebral". It is also "dry", possibly meaning that it requires analysis while watching. Amidst all of this heavy stuff, beloved characters make their quips. Possibly, Whedon has re-discovered the approach that made his Buffy the Vampire Slayer so great.
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8:02AM on 01/15/2014
Age of Ultron does sound like it has every right to be "dark", especially given that the main threat is a direct result of something Tony Stark (and hopefully Hank Pym with him) has done. I'll take Samantha's word for it.
Age of Ultron does sound like it has every right to be "dark", especially given that the main threat is a direct result of something Tony Stark (and hopefully Hank Pym with him) has done. I'll take Samantha's word for it.
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