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Avengers: Age of Ultron Teases Hulkbuster Armor

The small tidbits of one of the most anticipated movies keep on coming. One of the most anticipated elements of the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be the debut of the ‘Hulkbuster Armor,’ a new Iron Man suit creation of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) designed to take on Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk when he gets out of control.

A leaked concept art sketch from Hot Toys about toy tie-ins for the movie has gone online at CavernadoHulk and showcases the full scale of the creation. While the robot Ultron stands at 8′ tall and The Hulk is at 8’5, the Hulkbuster armor stands at a full 11′ and is several times Hulk’s size in terms of volume, according to Dark Horizons.

The concept art deliberately keeps the look of Ultron, Vision and the Hulkbuster armor under wraps – blocking the design itself, showing only a silhouette, the site says.

Meanwhile the Hulk himself will sport a new look in the ‘Avengers’ sequel thanks to Muse, an innovative new facial capture performance system created by ILM and used with actor Mark Ruffalo to perfect his performance. Talking about the system to IGN, ILM President Lynwen Brennan says:

“Getting that personality is very important to Joss [Whedon], and it’s very important that it’s driven by Mark [Ruffalo]‘s performance. We’ve developed a new capture system, which we call Muse, which really captures the actor’s performance – it allows us to combine different takes as well. We’re using it on Warcraft, and we furthered the development on Avengers.”

In related news, Marvel Studios executive producer Victoria Alonso confirmed during a speech for the Visual Effects Society that Avengers: Age of Ultron will feature over 3,000 VFX shots. That’s roughly 500 more than this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 250 more than Guardians of the Galaxy, according to ComingSoon.

Building the effects will take the involvement of artists all over the world with plans currently calling for the utilization of seven to twelve different VFX vendors. The Hollywood Reporter relates Alonso’s belief in making the extended creative team of Marvel’s films as international as possible, allowing for ideas to come in from as many sources as possible, the site says.

Alonso, who also serves as Marvel’s VP of visual effects and post production, also said that she’s like to see more gender-neutrality on the creative playing field.

“You’ve got to get the girls in here, boys,” Alonso said. “I have been with you beautiful, handsome, talented, creative men in dark rooms for two decades and I can tell you those rooms are better when there are a few of us in them. So as you take this with you, please remember that it’s okay to allow the ladies in. They’re smart, they’re talented. They bring a balance that you need.”

Does the same go for Marvel’s upcoming marquee plans especially considering that DC is producing Wonder Woman.

“If it were up to me,” Alonso said of Marvel’s long expected announcement of a female-led superhero film, “It would be today.”

Alonso has long been a vocal champion of equal rights in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She and Hayley Atwell famously teased the “Agent Carter” television series during a 2013 Comic-Con presentation. It was the same one, in fact, that Marvel EP Louis D’Esposito got a loud audience reminder that many fans would rather see a film titled Captain Marvel than one called Miss Marvel, according to ComingSoon.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the big screen May 1, 2015.

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