The Avengers 2: What We Know So Far About Age Of Ultron

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most ambitious film franchises put together by a studio, and perhaps the best thing about it is how every move made within it continues to build and add toward something bigger and better. With each new story we learn more and more about the world behind the silver screen, and we are always left with a perfect mix of satisfaction and want for more. Because of the intricate details of the comic book world, anything is possible, and it’s great fun to speculate about the implications of every twist, turn and maneuver as they lead to Marvel Studios’ second big landmark film: The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The journey to the next the next superhero team-up film has already begun with the release of Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, and Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but we’re still salivating with anticipation for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. This year will have a huge impact on the future of the MCU, but what do we know so far and how will it lead to next summer’s super blockbuster? What is the latest development with all of the characters involved? Read on below as I break it all down!

Joss Whedon in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon is the only non-fictional person/being who gets his own section on this list, but that should just stress how important he is to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and, therefore, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In August 2012 it was revealed that the writer/director had signed a three-year deal with Marvel Studios that not only locked him in to both write and direct a sequel to his first massively successful blockbuster, but to serve as a guide for what has been dubbed Phase Two. After months of working on the script, the director is now hard at work putting together the movie, taking his cast and crew to multiple exotic shooting locations around the world.

Iron Man in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man
Following the events of Iron Man 3 we’re not really sure what the future holds for Tony Stark and his armor. At the end of Shane Black’s film, the character has his suit-powering arc reactor removed from his chest, blows up all of his armor, and seemingly leaves the ruins of his Malibu home/workshop behind. The final title card of the movie reads "Tony Stark Will Return," but does that mean that the man will and the machine won’t? Could the absence of Iron Man be a void that is filled by Don Cheadle and Iron Patriot/War Machine? The series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. revealed that Tony is now using all of his vast resources towards privatizing global security, and we imagine that will end up very much tying into the creation of The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s titular villain.

Thor in Avengers 2
Thor
Just like what Iron Man 3 did for Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World left its titular hero in an interesting position right before the credits rolled. The end of the film featured the God of Thunder rejecting the throne of Asgard in favor of returning to Earth so that he can be with his love, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). This means that when it comes time for The Avengers to reassemble, Thor won’t even have to travel by wormhole to answer the call – he can just swing his hammer around and fly back to the Avengers Tower in Manhattan . The audience knows that Thor actually left Asgard to be ruled under the iron fist of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but he probably won’t figure that out until Thor 3, given that the villainous character won’t be appearing in Avengers 2.

Captain America in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America
Of all the films we’ve seen in Phase Two, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has had by far the biggest impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only did the eponymous hero have to deal with a horror from his past in the form of The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. turned out to be a massively corrupt institution that had been taken over by HYDRA and subsequently destroyed by our heroes. The movie leaves Cap not only in a future he’s unfamiliar with, but really unable to trust anyone around him. Perhaps his only salvation are his fellow superheroes in the Avengers squad. Set photos have shown that the patriotic hero is getting yet another costume change in the movie, so obviously he’s getting close with somebody.
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