‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: Andy Serkis Playing Undisclosed Role

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Andy Serkis Dawn of the Planet of the Apes mo cap Avengers: Age of Ultron: Andy Serkis Playing Undisclosed Role

Between the returning team members from The Avengers and newcomers like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is shaping up to have a pretty robust cast. One of the potential perils of a team-up movie with so many big personalities is that the limited screen time can lead to some characters getting somewhat sidelined within the story.

To a certain extent, this was the fate that befell the Hulk in the first movie, but actor Mark Ruffalo has said the the big green guy (and his smaller, not-so-green alter-ego Bruce Banner) will have a bigger and more complex role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only that, but Marvel also hired performance capture expert Andy Serkis to help get the best motion capture possible for the Hulk sequences.

Now Serkis has revealed that he wasn’t just acting as a coach for Ruffalo while he was on the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Speaking in an interview with Variety, Serkis teased that he has a role in the movie, though he wouldn’t say whether it’s a live-action or CGI character:

“It’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”

Hulk in The Avengers Avengers: Age of Ultron: Andy Serkis Playing Undisclosed Role
While it might be assumed that Serkis is simply doing more motion capture (there are plenty of non-humans in the Marvel universe), that won’t necessarily be so. Although his main passion is performance capture, Serkis has also had a respectable number of live-action roles. In King Kong, for example, he not only provided motion capture for the giant ape of the movie but also played Lumpy, the cook, barber and surgeon of the SS Venture.

Ruffalo has said that Serkis’ help has enabled him to “completely embrace” the technology used to translate his performance into the animation of the Hulk on screen, and Serkis added that The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a step up from what was seen in The Avengers:

“Performance capture was used on the previous “Hulk,” but not to the same extent Mark is using it now. There are tools and ways of working with an actor that makes them feel that they own the character. And a character the size of the Hulk needs ownership, which Mark has now.”

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Serkis first shot to fame after providing the voice and motion capture for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and since then has co-founded his own performance capture studio, The Imaginarium, where he is currently working on adaptations of The Jungle Book and Animal Farm. The actor will also reprise his role as Caesar in the upcoming release of Dawn of The Planet of the Apes, which has already been receiving almost universally positive reviews.

Whether his role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron will just be a cheeky cameo or whether it will be something a bit more substantial remains to be seen, but at this point it would be nice to see Serkis playing a human character – if only because we’re starting to forget what he actually looks like.


The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters on May 1st, 2015.

Source: Variety

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  1. love andy serkis, his performance as gollum deserved a oscar nomination and so did his performance in caesar, hope his role would be a substantial one and a motion captured one as his roles with no-motion captured have usually been just cameos and less interesting than his motion captured ones.

  2. I wonder if he will be playing the Hulkbuster?

  3. Okay, so I’m going to take two guesses. Judging from what Serkis is saying, he’s playing either a minor role or a major character that will appear on a cameo for now. So, first, I think that Tony Stark created a physical manifestation of Jarvis i.e. an AI that has human-like features or a holographic gigantic face. Speaking of giant faces, I would like to assume Modok. I don’t know why, but he has the face for it, and also his track record includes characters with over the top personalities (i.e. Gollum)but that’s just me, what are your thoughts?

    • in a cameo*

    • “So, first, I think that Tony Stark created a physical manifestation of Jarvis i.e. an AI that has human-like features”

      Vision is already confirmed for the movie. ;)

      • Oh! Mind if you fill me in on who this character is? I’m new to the Marvel Universe, since my whole life I’ve been rooting for the other team, but they seem to be dormant right now ever since Young Justice died. (There’s still Arrow, but it’s on a season break. Damn.)

        • Vision is an android created by Ultron designed as his servant but he eventually reforms and joins the Avengers. JARVIS is played by Paul Bettany and he was cast as the Vision so it’s likely JARVIS is just going to become the Vision as well somehow.

          As for Andy Serkis, I thought it was really really strange how they hired such a well known actor just to “help” with CGI. I’m pretty sure Marvel knows what they’re doing already, so I’m glad they got him on board for something because it seemed like such a waste.

          • So, my theory almost hit home run. Nevertheless, thanks for the info. I’m so excited to see the Age of Ultron already. After The Winter Soldier and DOFP, oh man… I got so pumped.

    • I would love/hate to see Modok. I’d love it because of the AIM team. I’d hate it because he’s so ugly. Lol

    • Hey didn’t Aldrich Killian, as the head of A.I.M., with a deformed body and manipulative character and overall physical deterioration by the end… make more sense as M.O.D.O.K. than The Mandarin? I am willing to accept Killian as M.O.D.O.K. and The Mandarin AS a media-created villain.

  4. Kong Kong? Do you mean King Kong?

    • Nah, Kong Kong is the low-budget version made by The Asylum.

  5. Andy Serkis in Inkheart, check it out, movie’s so:so, but Serkis is worth watching.

  6. Uatu the Watcher? MODOK?

  7. Andy Serkis is playing Crossfire, it will be annemd credits scene. That, or maybe Nightmare/Dormammu for the Doctor Strange movie in 2016?

    • OOooOOOOOO! Oh Nightmare/Dormammu for Doctor Strange would be awesome!


    heh. just kidding. At one point I wanted Andy Serkis as DUM DUM DUGAN. BUt thats already been satisfied.

    A Hydra villain maybe?

    I’d love to see him as BOB the Hydra Agent but as BOB is more attached to DEADPOOL I’m afraid that FOX owns the rights to him.

    Maybe The Fixer or Grim Reaper? With Baron Von Strucker in the movie Grim Reaper makes the most sense.

  9. Motion capture for Ultron?

    • isnt spader doing mocap as well?

  10. Maybe it’s a DC crossover event…Gorilla Grodd!!

  11. He’s mocaping for the Hulk in some scenes. There’s no great mystery here.

    • Mark Ruffalo is doing all of the mo-cap for Hulk. Serkis said that he was “not at liberty to mention” who he was playing or even whether it would be live-action or CGI. He’d hardly be that secretive if he was just doing a bit of mo-cap for the Hulk.

      • There is literally nothing suggesting that he’s playing a different role. Here’s the whole quote:
        Asked by the Hollywood trade if moviegoers will see him onscreen in Age of Ultron (“will we actually see your face?” was their question), Serkis wouldn’t say.

        “I’m not at liberty to mention,” he replied. “But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”

        Got that from Newsarama. All that means is that he won’t say whether his face is in the movie. The more logical conclusion to draw would be that he mocapped for Hulk a bit and doesn’t want steal Ruffalo’s thunder. He’s working closely with Ruffalo which means he might be putting on the suit as well. Nothing in his interview pionts to him having his own role in the movie. He didn’t tease anything and your title is completely unfounded. Your article is extrapolation at best and bogus at worst.

  12. Isnt it obvious? He’ll appear in the end credits scene mocapping Dormammu or Nightmare? Ill admit thats what i would like to see. Or maybe he could mocap Purple Man if he happens to show up in the film. Plus correct me if im wrong but isnt the end credits going to Antman and/or Doc Strange?

  13. The last sentence, I want that to happen :) He deserves it really.

  14. its Andy Serkis. I don’t care what he’s doing. I’m glad he’s involved in the MCU

  15. Abomination?
    Red Skull?
    Living Laser?
    Grey Gargoyle?
    Baron Zemo?
    A Kree?

  16. Beta Ray Bill.

  17. Pip The Troll

  18. After the preview for AOU was shown earlier this year people clicked on that Serkis is definitely acting in a somewhat important role, as his face showed up in the footage with a long beard. It’s also been confirmed that he was seen on the set dressed up in a costume, not in motion capture gear.

    My theory is that he is either playing the role of the Mandarin or he is Doctor Strange.

    the Mandarin
    - Marvel confirmed that the one shot at Seagate prison was planned and we all know the real Mandarin exists within the MCU and is pissed about the events of Iron Man 3. We also know Iron Man 4 won’t be made as RDJ has confirmed he won’t be acting in any more solo films. What if Ultron, with knowledge of threats around the world, comes into contact with the real Mandarin and forms an alliance with him to take down the Avengers using the rings. This may not work with HYDRA also appearing in the film, but then again, the more the merrier.

    Doctor Strange
    - It’s been speculated as to who will be playing the role of the sourceror supreme for a while now, with no confirmed casting announcements. What if Doctor Strange makes a small appearance in AOU.

    • Namor the submariner

    • Well, there is also Ulysses Klaw as a front-running potential.
      I thought of him as “Pip”; but after watching the trailers, I can see that he’ll be in the roll as Klaw.

  19. Maybe he is playing the Punisher!?