Discounting the post-credits sequences, the final shot in Joss Whedon's The Avengers featured Tony Stark and Pepper Potts standing over a table and planning something huge. With Stark Tower incredibly damaged by the events that occurred during the Battle of New York, the couple started manipulated digital blueprints and began working on the modifications that would eventually turn the monumental building into the Avengers Tower. These developments went by largely unmentioned in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the exception of a brief on-screen shout-out in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that the new headquarters will be playing a very important role in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Speaking with IGN, Feige explained that the Avengers Tower will play a key role in filling a very important gap that has been left in the world of Marvel. Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has come apart at the seams - corrupted from the inside by HYDRA - the world has been forced to turn somewhere else for global security. The natural choice was Tony Stark, who, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans know, was more than happy to take the gig. Said the studio president,
"Tony’s bank-rolling The Avengers now. And he’s bank-rolling their headquarters. So it’s now Avengers Tower. Tony designed it, so in addition to a hanger for a brand-new Quinjet, laboratories, places where he can build and store his Iron Man suits, there are, I believe, two bars - beautiful multiple space living rooms which are perfect for parties and social gatherings. But it’s a primary location in the film this time around."
You can actually get a look at one of these wide open spaces in one of the Avengers: Age of Ultron photos that arrived online earlier today:
Diving deeper into Avengers 2, Feige also briefly touched on some of the huge action sequences we can expect to see in the movie - including a battle between Hulk and Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor (as previously illustrated in the concept art you see at the top of this article. As badass as that scene sounds, however, it's just one of several moments that Marvel and Joss Whedon expect will blow audience's mind's. Said Feige,
"I think I said a long time ago, when Joss first did his six-page or 10-page outline for Avengers [Age of Ultron]... There were like six or seven signature things just in that. I said ‘Joss, even if we don’t do anything else. Just do these seven things, that’s enough for the movie. Now let’s get to work and put it all together.’ Those things are in the movie and are amazing, of which [the Hulkbuster] sequence is one."
We expect to hear and see all kinds of things from The Avengers: Age of Ultron next week, as a bunch of us here at Cinema Blend will be heading down to San Diego for Comic-Con 2014. Stay tuned for all of our updates, and look for Avengers 2 in theaters on May 1, 2015.