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

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 itís great fun to speculate about the implications of every twist, turn and maneuver as they lead to Marvel Studiosí 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 Blackís Iron Man 3 and Alan Taylorís Thor: The Dark World, but weíre still salivating with anticipation for Joe and Anthony Russoís Captain America: The Winter Soldier and James Gunnís 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 summerís 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. Heís been working on the script for The Avengers sequel for a long time now, and with production getting set to start up soon heís likely putting the finishing touches on the script while organizing the schedule and getting ready to roll cameras. Letís explore what he has to work with, shall we?

Iron Man in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man
Following the events of Iron Man 3 weíre not really sure what the future holds for Tony Stark and his armor. At the end of Shane Blackís 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 wonít? Could the absence of Iron Man be a void that is filled by Don Cheadle and Iron Patriot/War Machine? Itís also worth noting that while we donít know who will be inside it, the famous Hulkbuster will be making its first live-action appearance as well.

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 wonít even have to travel by wormhole to answer the call Ė 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 wonít figure that out until Thor 3 given that the villainous character wonít be appearing in Avengers 2.

Captain America in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America
In terms of release dates, Captain Americaís next big adventure is whatís on deck for Marvel Studios. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier we see that the out-of-time super soldier has actually joined S.H.I.E.L.D. as a field agent and has been traveling around the globe stomping out terrorism and serious threats. Avengers characters like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) will all play significant roles in the plot, while the film will also introduce a potential new Avengers teammate in Falcon (Anthony Mackie). When I spoke with directors Joe and Anthony Russo at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 they told me that their movie "sets up a really big shift in the universe for Avengers 2," so expect the movie to have a significant impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is reflected in The Age of Ultron.
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