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The Avengers franchise has always been fronted by the big names of the Marvel Universe – Thor, Captain America, Iron Man – the billionaires and the beefcakes, basically. But rumours have been circulating for a while that some of the characters who were woefully under-used in the first one would get their chance in director Joss Whedon's newest installment, Age of Ultron.
Happily, we can confirm it to be true: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk are beefed up considerably (pun kinda intended) as the gang has to tackle a peacekeeping computer program that goes rogue, while there's a very welcome new villainess in Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch.
Out on Thursday
Back in the Eighties and early Nineties, Spitting Image was the TV satire to puncture the most inflated egos, be it saliva-spewing Roy Hattersley or Maggie Thatcher with her beak'n'bouffant. James Hyman Gallery is exhibiting new photographs of the Spitting Images puppets taken by Anna Fox and Andrew Bruce this month.
They have clearly been gathering dust, and time has knocked some of the stuffing out of them, but given the figures they represent – Douglas Hurd, Michael Heseltine, Normans Tebbit and Lamont (yes, it's a Tory-heavy line-up) – it actually suits them rather well.
22 April to 8 May, James Hyman Gallery, London W1S, jameshymangallery.com
Image: Pile by Anna Fox and Andrew Bruce, 2015. Copyright Anna Fox and Andrew Bruce. Courtesy James Hyman Photography, London