Today, May 01, marks the opening of the biggest superhero movie in film history with Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The film stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and the award winning actor James Spader (Stargate, Blacklist) as the voice of Ultron. In addition to these superstars are award winner Don Cheadle as War Machine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as his sibling Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie is The Falcon and Hayley Atwell reprising her role of Peggy Carter.
When Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, tries to restart a dormant peacekeeping robotics program it all goes haywire and Ultron, the ultimate A.I. robot killing machine with delusions of godhood is born bringing death, destruction and mayhem to Earth causing the Avengers to reunite but not necessarily in perfect unison.
From all early indications since the film opened after midnight on May 01, this will become not only the highest grossing Marvel feature film, but will likely become the film with the largest grossing monetary figure in cinematic history. Wall Street is already projecting that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will likely surpass or come very close to the $1 billion (USD) mark by box office close on Sunday night May 03. If this occurs it will not only be unprecedented but will also place Joss Whedon in superstar director status to the point he will be the most sought after director since the early days of Steven Spielberg. Whedon will be able to name his own projects and pretty much get whatever he needs to create his next blockbuster masterpiece.
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