"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is nearly upon us, and although Scarlett Johansson is currently swamped in praise for her work as "Her," she's got some avenging to do.
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"Parade" caught up with the actress to talk about things like her upcoming wedding and her SodaStream commercials, but Johansson wanted to talk about "Avengers" instead.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" isn't due until 2015, and cast members are still being added to the line-up; in fact, it was announced just today that Thomas Kretschmann joined the cast as a big bad. Still, you can't stop the Marvel machine, and you definitely can't stop Joss Whedon, who, if you'll remember, casually filmed an adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" at his house while he was on vacation or something.
Johansson praised Whedon's script while also managing not to divulge any details.
"I think the script is dark and it's dry, it's got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor," she said. "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."
There's a small rumor going around that some of the movie will be shot in South Africa, deduced from IMDb's credits list for the movie. We all know how dubious IMDb is, but it's pretty tantalizing to note that Cape Town-based J.P. van der Merwe is credited with extras casting in South Africa. His credits include "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Dredd," and "Chronicle."
What does it all mean??