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Move over, Ant-Man, and take a seat, Doctor Strange (whomever may be playing you). One of the main reasons why everyone gets so worked up over the latest bits of Marvel movie news is because Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was such a smash hit, and we have a little insight into the director’s planned sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Want to hear it?
There’s a script, and it is going out to members of the original team. This, according to Black Widow herself, Ms. Scarlett Johansson. The actress was speaking with Parade magazine on behalf of Spike Jonze’s Her -- in which she lends her voice to an intuitive computer operating system named Samantha – and she commented on the Ultron screenplay. Johansson said:
I think the script is dark and it’s dry, it’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor. Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around."
The original Avengers should be a very tough act to follow. How do you increase the magnitude of an entire city being attacked by an alien race?
Films following in the wake of Avengers have tried to up the ante, from Iron Man 3’s concluding battle involving countless iron suits to Superman leveling half of Metropolis in the controversial closing of Man of Steel.
But the eyes of the world are going to be on Whedon and his crew to tap into the magic they generated in 2012 with the first Avengers movie. Other pieces will fit into place before that happens. Captain America drops a sequel, and the world will meet The Guardians of the Galaxy. But what can we expect from Age of Ultron? Scan our comprehensive guide while you wait for the sequel, which opens everywhere on May 1, 2015.