It’s no secret that Avengers: Age of Ultron is looking to be Marvel’s biggest film yet. Featuring three new Avengers, an insane robot villain and plenty of pulse-racing, property-damaging action, fans and general moviegoers will get their money’s worth of Marvel excitement. In fact, the May blockbuster is going to be so off-the-rails crazy, the ending we’ll see in theaters nearly didn’t become a reality!

Joss Whedon told Yahoo! Movies that Avengers: Age of Ultron will have a climax that is so grand and epic, the director didn’t even think that Marvel would let him do it when he brought it to the table. Said Whedon:
Avengers: Age of Ultron got larger than the first film. I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.

It’s hard to imagine something more "unhinged" than aliens invading New York and Thanos smirking at the camera, but as Marvel has taught us on many occasions, they are full of surprises. Besides, Whedon has proved himself to Marvel, so as long as this ending fits in with the grand MCU plan, they’re game for whatever the director has to offer.

Obviously Whedon won’t spoil how the movie ends (that’s the Internet’s job), but he did offer some clues of what fans can expect. STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED! If you thought the battle with the Chitauri army in The Avengers was intense, the Avengers: Age of Ultron climax will feature a gigantic battle between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and hundreds of Ultron clones. Fans will undoubtedly be pleased that this epic fight, which has been teased on the posters, will actually unfold in the actual movie. Superheroes vs. robots—it doesn’t get much better than that.

Whedon also mentioned that Avengers: Age of Ultron’s ending will have major ramifications on the entire MCU, commenting that the film is a "process of changing everything and keeping everything the same." One of these consequences will likely result in the events of Captain America: Civil War. We’ve already seen the clip of Tony and Steve in an argument about their differing ideologies. This debate will intensify when the Superhero Registration Act is enacted and both heroes find themselves on opposite sides. There’s also the possibility that the team of heroes may split after their battle with Ultron, and a new Avengers team will take their place.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in theaters on May 1.

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