It feels like only yesterday that we were seeing Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark facing off against Extremis fueled baddies in Iron Man 3, but now we are looking into the future - and that future holds Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Production is officially underway on the blockbuster Marvel Studios film, and as a celebration of that fact, Downey Jr. has released the first official shot photo from the set through his Twitter account. You can see the original Tweet embedded above and a better look at the image below:
Downey Jr. only got on to the social media site about 11 days ago, so the fact that he is already sharing set photos is an interesting development. Seeing as directors Marc Webb and Bryan Singer Tweeted their way through production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively, it is possible that Iron Man could do the same thing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The actor certainly holds some of the biggest mysteries the movie has to offer. Not only are we unclear on how the character is going to move forward as a superhero after destroying all of his suits, but it's also worth asking what his connection is to both the creation of the robot Ultron and his association with Vision (who will be played by Paul Bettany, previously the voice of Tony Stark's digital butler JARVIS). Those questions likely won't be answered in Tweet form, but would we really want them to be anyway?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron production is taking place all around the world and, like its predecessor, is bringing together an all-star ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Thomas Kretschmann, and Don Cheadle in addition to the actors mentioned above. Shooting will be taking place over the next couple of months, but it's not to hard to imagine that our first look at the film might come during one of the post-credits sequences in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, a la what Captain America: The First Avenger did in 2011:
For now, we will just have to wait patiently for the movie's May 1, 2015 release date and continue to get pumped with this brief teaser: