Director Joss Whedon will be handing over the actual filming of his 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' script to a different set of hands, after the original's cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, dropped out of the sequel's production.
ComicBook.com reported that McGarvey recently completed work on Warner's 'Godzilla' reboot and he has now shifted his talents to the adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' which means that his diary is now so jam-packed that he won't be able to work with the superhero ensemble again.
Marvel fans might worry that this revelation signals that the studio is on the brink of capitulation, however they shouldn't as they have already replaced McGarvey from within. Ben Davis, who worked on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' alongside James Gunn, has been shipped in to replace him.
Gunn admitted that Whedon asked him about Davis' talents before hiring him, and he praised his D.O.P. to the hill, stating, "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'."
London-born Davis usually works alongside Matthew Vaughn, having filmed 'Layer Cake', 'Stardust' and 'Kick-Ass' with the filmmaker, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson's involvement in the latter means that the duo will reconcile on the set of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' as he is playing Quicksilver.
Davis is a like for like replacement for McGarvey, and Marvel must clearly be pleased with his work bringing Groot and Rocket Raccoon to life in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to trust him with their most successful franchise. And if it does fail then they can simply lay the blame squarely at his feet.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is due out in May 2015.
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Gregory Wakeman is a Marvel movie enthusiast who was blown away by Thor: The Dark World, and who wishes that Tom Hiddleston would be his BFF.