At Comic-Con, it was announced that “The Avengers” sequel would be called “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Even though the film isn’t due in theaters until May 1 of 2015, director Joss Whedon and President of Production at Marvel Studios Kevin Feige have dropped quite a bit of info relating to the film recently.
- Back in May, Whedon announced that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be in the film.
- The announcement of the title lead many to believe the film would be based on the recent Marvel Comics storyline/miniseries with the same name and that Hank Pym (Ant-Man) would appear since he creates Ultron in the comics. With the “Ant-Man” film coming after “Age of Ultron,” it comes as no surprise that Hank Pym was confirmed by Joss Whedon as not being in the film. Whedon went onto say that they are “crafting” their own version of Ultron for the film. As Kevin Feige put it, “…we’re borrowing that title but taking storylines from decades of Avengers comics.” The teaser shown at Comic-Con hinted that Ultron is formed from Iron Man armor.
- There’s speculation that with the introduction of Ultron and Whedon’s desire to have a rotating door of superheroes on The Avengers team that we’ll see some characters die in “Age of Ultron.” Hawkeye seems to have a bullseye on his back since Whedon is paying a particular amount of attention to him and having fun writing the character for the sequel.
- Thanos won’t be in “Age of Ultron” and likely won’t appear until the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film currently in production. Vin Diesel met with Marvel recently and is now teasing a big announcement before the end of July. Has he been cast as Thanos or Ultron?
- Phil Coulson was killed at the hands of Loki in “The Avengers,” but is being brought back for the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” television series debuting on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm. When asked if Coulson will appear in “Age of Ultron,” Joss Whedon said it was a possibility but that he “already has too much movie.”
- Despite Whedon denying that Loki won’t appear in “Age of Ultron” back in June, Marvel head Kevin Feige says that Loki may appear in “The Avengers” sequel as well as many Marvel films to come. Feige went on to say, “We think Loki could be the big bad for us, for a long time.”
- In addition to Hawkeye, Joss Whedon says that Black Widow is “a huge part of the sequel.”
- Ultron eventually creates Vision in Marvel Comics. Does this mean Vision will appear in the film. Vin Diesel has also expressed interest in portraying Vision, so could this be his big announcement?
Quicksilver appearing in both “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is really fascinating, especially since a different actor will portray the character in each film. Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” film has been in development for so long that holding off on the character until his film is released feels like the right thing to do. Ultron as the main villain is exciting and Loki always being around sounds like a no-brainer. While most superhero films leave you wishing this or that, “Days of Future Past” and “Age of Ultron” are delivering just about everything fans could hope for. Unless you’re waiting to see Apocalypse in an “X-Men” film or Spider-Man or Wolverine actually join The Avengers on-screen.
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