KICK-ASS D.P. To Film THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Confirming Marvel's the Avengers' original director of photography will not return behind the lens for the highly-anticipated sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy's Ben Davis has been attached! Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 12/7/2013


It appears that The Avengers director of photography Seamus McGarvey, who just wrapped Godzilla and is currently shooting Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return for Joss Whedon's 2015 Marvel sequel. Likely due to filming taking place in the U.K. this time around, cinematographer Ben Davis will instead be behind the lens on The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Ben Davis is a member of The British Society of Cinematographers, and he's best known for his frequent collaboration with director Matthew Vaughn on Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake. However, it would seem that his latest work as director of photography for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is what landed him the Age of Ultron gig. I asked Guardians director James Gunn if that was the case and he replied: “I did everything I could to let Joss know how great I thought [Davis] was. And, of course, Joss was able to see first hand what an amazing job Ben was doing on Guardians.” Gunn also took to his Spring.me to lengthily explain the role of cinematographers, briefly praising Ben Davis. Anyhow, what do you think?




So far starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is directed by Joss Whedon from his screenplay, and is slated to begin production in March 2014 and the sequel is scheduled to release on May 1, 2015.
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charlie2094 - 12/7/2013, 12:29 PM
Happy with this, didn't really love the cinematography in Avengers..it was definitely good, but did have a certain TV-style quality to it at times, hoping this looks more cinematic...
TheCaptain - 12/7/2013, 12:30 PM
Whew. This is a relief to me. Was not a big fan of McGarvey's DP for the Avengers.
TheCaptain - 12/7/2013, 12:31 PM
Looked very TV, not cinematic enough.
CaptainObvious - 12/7/2013, 12:41 PM
The cinematography was the worst part of The Avengers. I'm glad for this change.
Reasonnnn - 12/7/2013, 12:41 PM
Nice. And I do agree with all the TV-like sentiments. Most critics had that opinion too.
SuperCat - 12/7/2013, 12:42 PM
Wow. A lot of great CBM news since I've been on vacation. F@ck my job!
NostalgicYouth - 12/7/2013, 12:44 PM
Thank Odin, the cinematography on The Avengers sucked so much, good movie, bad camera angles and lighting.
ds9epicfan - 12/7/2013, 12:46 PM
This is a plus for Avengers:Age of Ultron!Can't wait!
Nomis - 12/7/2013, 12:47 PM
@ supercat - Work is overrated!
ALegendaryPanda - 12/7/2013, 12:48 PM
Yeah I gotta agree with everyone here. As much as I loved The Avengers the cinematography was definitely the weakest part.
Omarvls - 12/7/2013, 12:48 PM
2015 can't get here fast enough

Top 5 most anticipated movies

5. Fantastic Four
4. Ant Man
3. Star Wars
2. Age of Ultron
1. Justice League (might as well call it that now I mean you got Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman cameos of Flash and Nightwing and who knows who else )
TheDarkKnightofSteel - 12/7/2013, 12:49 PM
Good move.I saw The Avengers recently and the cinematography felt like it was done by the same cinematographer as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ...it's not a good thing!
ds9epicfan - 12/7/2013, 12:51 PM
@Supercat
Hey!Enjoy the vacation,by the time you go back to work,Disney would have bought up your workplace and is your new boss!LOL
Asterisk - 12/7/2013, 12:55 PM
Only weak spot of Avengers to me was the cinematography and this is coming from the guy who watches Kevin Smith movies every day
REPOMAN - 12/7/2013, 12:56 PM



ArmoredAsgardian - "Whew. This is a relief to me. Was not a big fan of McGarvey's DP for the Avengers."


"Looked very TV, not cinematic enough. "


Nonsense, the other films McGarvey has shot don't look TV or non-cinematic, and from what footage I've seen of Godzilla it in no way looks 'TV'. The so-called 'TV look' blame belongs elsewhere.



Omarvls - 12/7/2013, 12:58 PM
Will James Gunn become the Joss Wheadon off Marvel's Cosmic side of the Universe?
SuperCat - 12/7/2013, 12:58 PM
Lol!! @ ds

You may be right!
TheCaptain - 12/7/2013, 12:59 PM
@REPOMAN
I wasn't talking about McGarvey's other films. I was talking about the Avengers. F.uckboy.
MrCBM56 - 12/7/2013, 12:59 PM
Yeah, the cinematography wasn't very good. Like when Thor was laughing, that low-angle shot was horrible.



^Absolutely horrible, in that shot.
RetroFit - 12/7/2013, 1:00 PM
Is Renner confirmed for the sequel?
ibravosp5 - 12/7/2013, 1:02 PM
Hopefully it's more serious this time around. Like the tone of the movie is darker
ALmight - 12/7/2013, 1:02 PM
I would ask Seamus McGarvey, how do you go from Avengers, to Godzilla, to Fifty Shades of Grey?

As far as Ben Davis goes, I liked his work on Stardust and Layer Cake so hopefully he'll do well.
willyburz - 12/7/2013, 1:06 PM
Lol @ some of you people, nitpicking angles, and shit like that?!?! Wow
REPOMAN - 12/7/2013, 1:09 PM





ArmoredAsgardian - "I wasn't talking about McGarvey's other films. I was talking about the Avengers. F.uckboy."


So just this time he decided to shoot a big-budget cinematic film in a non-cinematic TV style and that has nothing to do with a director whose experience and background happens to be mostly directing TV scenes and 1 hour shows (and I do love Joss Whedon)?


Don't miss that elephant in the room.





JoeMomma29 - 12/7/2013, 1:11 PM
For Nomis!

JoeMomma29 - 12/7/2013, 1:16 PM
@ Pasto

Did you really watch the video all the way through?
Nomis1800 - 12/7/2013, 1:18 PM
The cinematography SUCKED on the avengers! What the [frick] were they thinking? It's already shot on the Arri Alexa which even has a lower resolution than 35mm film, with a 1.78 aspect ratio! The film looked like crap, incredibly cartoony that doesn't work on the big screen. Should've won the Razzie for worst cinematography and even if that doesn't exist, it still should've won that "prize".
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 12/7/2013, 1:18 PM
Nice. Kick-Ass was beautifully shot. Happy about this.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/7/2013, 1:20 PM
They should've known better than to get an Irishman to do something that required vision, creativity and focus.
REPOMAN - 12/7/2013, 1:22 PM


Gravity & Iron Man 3 were shot on the Alexa as was DOFP, The Wolverine, Thor: TDW, CA: The Winter Soldier, Skyfall and dozens of others. The cartoony aspects of all Superhero films are the CGI elements.





JoeMomma29 - 12/7/2013, 1:23 PM
For Pasto!

JoeMomma29 - 12/7/2013, 1:25 PM
@ Blackjack

LOL!
KidGoku - 12/7/2013, 1:26 PM
Glad i'm not the only one who hated the TV show like cinematography of the Avengers. It kind of bothered me that it wasn't nearly as good as Iron Man's cinematography. But this is the cinematographer of Stardust? COUNT ME THE [frick] IN
REPOMAN - 12/7/2013, 1:26 PM



NovaCorpsFan - "They should've known better than to get an Irishman to do something that required vision, creativity and focus."


McGarvey is British. He's from Northern Ireland.


JoeMomma29 - 12/7/2013, 1:32 PM
@ Blackjack

Ohhhhh! Good Lord!!!!!!!!
DaVinci31 - 12/7/2013, 1:34 PM
Don't care what he has done, but please, let's turn down the lights.







BANE5000 - 12/7/2013, 2:10 PM
If Davis is the reason why the mid credits scene in Thor TDW looked kind of off from the rest of the film...Im not sure about this choice...
ruadh - 12/7/2013, 2:13 PM
People are citing the scene when everyone is being influenced by Loki's scepter as being an example of the "bad" cinematography, but it was meant to make the audience feel uneasy and realize something was going on with these characters besides what's on the surface.
TheRealistStarLord - 12/7/2013, 2:21 PM
Great news!
KeefNCookies - 12/7/2013, 2:25 PM
My biggest gripe outside Thor's Helmet and the amount of humor was the shakey cam during Thor and Loki's fight. If this means nobody will have to suffer such an atrocity, than very awesome news.
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