Teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron

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The teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron was originally going to debut with the next episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC. But someone leaked the international version of the trailer (blame Hyrda) and now Marvel has officially released the first trailer for the next Avengers film a few days early.

Without any further ado (other than a word about spoilers, there are some):

Some initial reaction: that is one eerie version of “I’ve got no strings” from Pinocchio. I like that we’re seeing lots of international settings, the Avengers are not restricted to NYC for their battles. And, as we saw from the SDCC preview art, there’s the broken shield of Captain America.

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This does not surprise me. Joss Whedon is known for making sure the audience feels the stakes are very real for his characters. Mortal peril must be real.

All-in-all, a great trailer. There is loads of stuff left to be explained, but what we see is pretty dramatic.

More, including a full plot synopsis and some rumoring from Peter below the jump:

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap – S2xE5: Hen in the Wolf House

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Last night’s episode was less focused on action (though Bobbi Morse did a great impression of Natasha Rominav) and more focused on setting the stage for what’s to come.

Hydra is attempting to weaponize the obelisk’s power but without the obelisk itself they are limited to using a sample from one of its victims, and coming up unsuccessful. In the meantime, Raina goes back to Skye’s father for help with delivering the obelisk to Hydra in order to save her hide.  However, he isn’t happy that she has failed to deliver his daughter to him so he refuses.

On her way to Hydra, Raina spots Simmons and decides to use her double agent status to blackmail Coulson. She arranges a meeting with him and offers not to reveal Simmons to Hydra if Coulson allows her to take Skye to her father. Coulson refuses the offer and Raina is visibly shaken (a great performance by Ruth Negga) but she exposes Simmons’s cover anyway. Hydra security chief, Bobbi Morse, has had some run-ins with Simmons as Morse pursues seeks out the mole that has been feeing S.H.I.E.L.D. information. She did a great job intimidating Simmons and actually had me convinced that she was going to have a long road to becoming the hero, Mockingbird.
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Marvel Super Hero Cereal Tees

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It’s a special twofury today on TeeFury. Not only do you get to pick between two fantastic Marvel inspired t-shirts, you get a free papercraft cereal box with your purchase. But don’t order yet, TeeFury is also having a “Super Cereal” flash sale with more Marvel cereal t-shirts, and a few Doctor Who shirts thrown in for good measure.

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I’ve seen these shirts around town quite a bit. Be sure to look closely for all the little injokes. You’ll definitely want to collect them all.

The twofury shirts are available today only for $11, but you can order the other super cereal shirts through the 24th for $15.

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Photoshopped Disney Animation Breathes New Life Into Old Classics

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Tyson Murphy has been working as a digital artist for about five years. He likes to start interesting projects to keep up his skills, such as photoshop editting, painting techniques, and light play. While working on his technique, Murphy decided to grab a screenshot of a Disney classic as a test and see what he could do with some painting and lighting changes. The result is something you have to see to appreciate.

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Murphy says he would definitely like to do more of these Disney animation paintovers, including experimenting with actually animating one a little bit in the future. He does not intend for these to be seen as improvements on the originals. But they’re definitely something different.

The 101 Dalmatians one below, reminds me a lot of the new painterly techniques we’ve seen in some of Disney’s recent animation, like Tangled and Paperman.

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Disney Fans, it’s time to get Wired

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Disney Fans, it’s time to get Wired.

No really. Go out and get the next issue of Wired magazine. It will feature a special cover with over 30 Disney and Pixar animated characters, not to mention Ed Catmull and John Lasseter who currently oversea both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Can’t wait for the magazine to come out? You can read the cover-story now. In it Lasseter and Catmull take you behind the scenes of the turn-around at Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s a long read, but there are some insights the average fan may not know and some cool concept art and digital experiences from Big Hero 6.

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