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, but perhaps the best thing about it is how every move made within it is endlessly fascinating to fans. If Falcon, the character set to be played by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, got his powers from the Cosmic Cube, how will that affect Thorís world, as the object was last seen at the end of The Avengers being taken away to Asgard by the God of Thunder and Loki? 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 the 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, but thereís still plenty more in store for 2013. Not only is Alan Taylorís Thor: The Dark World due out in November, production has already begun on Joe and Anthony Russoís Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will soon start on 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? How is each character involved in the development of Marvelís larger plans? Read on below as I break it all down!
Joss WhedonJoss 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 Phase Two, which includes Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. In December 2012 he revealed that he has already completed an outline for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and at the premiere of Iron Man 3 he said that he has finished the first draft. Joss Whedon is the champion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we canít wait to see what he has in store.
Iron ManThe most lasting effect that Iron Man 3 has on both The Avengers 2 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole is that weíre not quite sure what the future holds for Tony Stark and his armor. At the end of Shane Blackís film, the character has the shrapnel and arc reactor removed from his chest, blows up all of his suits, and seemingly leaves behind the ruins of his Malibu home. The final title card of the movie reads "Tony Stark Will Return," but does that mean that the man will and the machine wonít? One thing that we now do know: Robert Downey Jr. will be returning. The actor has signed a deal with the studio for both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, so weíll still have many more years to enjoy the starís brand of wit.
ThorThor: The Dark World will be in theaters on November 8th of this year but at this time itís unclear where the movie will wind up on the road to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The most recent development about the God of Thunder in the 2015 sequel is actually an update about his villainous brother, Loki. Joss Whedon has officially gone on record to say that Loki will not be back for Age of Ultron. Weíll have to wait a few months to see if thereís any kind of link between Thor and his future robotic enemy.
Captain AmericaThough production on Captain America: The Winter Solider has begun, we still donít really know much about its story Ė which in turn means that we donít know how it will lead to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing the sequel and itís been confirmed that Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson will be back as Black Widow and Nick Fury, respectively; Anthony Mackie will play the Falcon; Frank Grillo will play Crossbones; Sebastian Stan will be resurrected as the titular Winter Soldier, and Toby Jones will return as Arnim Zola. Chris Evans will, of course, be back as Captain America though apparently he's going to take a break to make his directorial debut on a romance movie before working on Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Most exciting of all, however, is that Robert Redford has also signed on to play an important figure at S.H.I.E.L.D. When we spoke to the Russos at Comic-Con they told us that we can expect "a really big shift in the universe," as a set-up for the Avengers sequel, but weíll just have to wait until next March to discover the answer to the mystery.
HulkActor Mark Ruffalo has said, via his Twitter account that the Hulk will not be appearing in a Marvel Studios film between now and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he didnít say anything about Bruce Banner. While weíre still waiting to see the return of the giant green monster on the big screen, itís at least good to know that Banner and Tony Stark remain good friends, as seen in the post-credit sequence of Iron Man 3 where the gamma radiation scientist is acting as a therapist for genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.
HawkeyeLike Hulk, Hawkeye isn't slated for a future standalone movie just yet, though Jeremy Renner has expressed interest, and is also locked down to play the character for many Avengers movies to come. That said, the star was definitely a little unhappy with his role in the first movie Ė which was him walking around as a zombie for 90% of his screentime, but Whedon has said that he has definitely fixed that problem in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and is looking forward to seeing him really interact with the other characters.
Black WidowScarlett Johanssonís Black Widow was first introduced thanks to her involvement with Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, but in the run-up to The Avengers: Age of Ultron sheíll be seen palling around with a more outwardly-patriotic hero. When production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier began, it was announced that the character would have a very important role in the movie, teaming up with Cap to take down a shadowy figure in present day Washington D.C. We shall wait and see how the events of the movie affect the story Joss Whedon has written for the next team-up film.
UltronWhen Joss Whedon stepped out on stage during Comic-Con 2013ís Marvel Panel he not only confirmed that The Avengers sequel would be called The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he also identified the filmís main villain. Ever since the mid-credits sequence of The Avengers weíve been assuming that the Mad Titan known as Thanos was going to be the superhero teamís next biggest foe, but it turns out that it will instead be the nearly indestructible, ridiculously intelligent robot Ultron. And now we know Ultron will be played by none other than James Spader.
The version of the character we see on the big screen wonít be a carbon copy of the villain we know from the comics, as Whedon has confirmed that the movie wonít be introducing Hank Pym (Ultronís original inventor) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that Ultronís powers will be slightly dampened, but we canít wait to watch the showdown between him and the worldís most powerful heroes all the same.
Ant-ManAfter years and years of interminable waiting, 2012 finally brought some amazing news for Edgar Wrightís upcoming solo superhero movie Ant-Man: it finally has a release date. Marvel Studios has confirmed that the film will be released on November 6, 2015, which will make it the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universeís Phase Three. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has also said that Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish have started doing touch-up work on the script to ensure that the movie will fit into the Cinematic Universe. As mentioned earlier, we now know that Ant-Man wonít be making an appearance in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, meaning that we probably wonít be seeing the character until Wrightís film. For now we at least have the memory and descriptions of the test footage shown at Comic Con 2012.
The WaspThe most interesting thing about The Waspís potential involvement in The The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the fact that the character very nearly showed up in The Avengers. In December of 2012 Joss Whedon revealed at a special DGA screening of the movie that there was a time when it looked as though Scarlett Johansson wouldnít be returning as Black Widow and he wrote a draft featuring The Wasp a.k.a. Janet Van Dyne as his female lead. Whedon grew very fond of the character while writing the draft, so itís possible that he could try to get her in for Age of Ultron . But with Ant-Man definitely out of the team-up movie, itís probable that weíll have to wait until Phase Three to see her
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