December 16, 2013

The Avengers: Age of Ultron - What We Know So Far

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As we inch closer to the release of one of the most anticipated superhero movies ever, I thought I should update everyone with the latest on the film.  The official title is not Avengers 2, but instead: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film is currently in pre-production, and is on track to be released May 1st, 2015. The multi-talented Joss Whedon is confirmed to be both writing and directing the film, with Marvel‘s Kevin Feige producing it. An original story, but loosely based on the Marvel comic book series created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is intended to be a direct sequel to the first Avengers film.  Considering the intent of this installation, most of the main characters from the other movie will return and the same actors will portray them. Like all good sequels, there are also some new characters both good and evil joining the fray this time around. As far as new heroes go, the creators have supposedly elected to include more characters from the comic book including Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. I do not know what other surprise crime fighters (or criminals) they have in store for us, but it has been rumored that Anthony Mackie will reprise his Captain America: The Winter Soldier role of The Falcon, and xXx and that Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel may also be joining the fight.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to take a vastly different approach from the first installment. Interestingly, the infamous Loki from the first film will be entirely absent from the sequel script. Instead, the main baddie is confirmed to be Ultron. This is a relief for me because it always bothers me how they “catch” the Villain in the first film, and by the first ten minutes of the sequel, he always make a miraculous escape. I like to see Marvel moving on to bigger and badder things in the villain department.

Apparently that was actually the intention from the start. According to Whedon, “Ultron was in the plans all along”.  The Avengers director and writer goes on to say that before he even signed the contract for the first movie, he was already trying to pitch a sequel. He said to Marvel, I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.” This is interesting because as viewers, we simply thought that Avengers was a cool excuse to bring a bunch of our favorite Hollywood heroes together without straying from the comic book roots, but in actuality it was much more than that.

Another conclusion I have drawn from this discovery is that Marvel (or just Joss Whedon) has a knack for pacing and quite a bit of patience. Instead of making the first film merely a flamboyant, high-budget setup for the second film, they proceeded as if there was never going to be a sequel and made one hell of a stand-alone film. In fact, it is considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the best superhero movies ever made.

So there you have it; most of what the Internet knows about the second Avengers film, conveniently squeezed into one article. The closer something gets the harder it is to stay undetected, and this future blockbuster is no exception. Obviously, May 1st 2015 is still more than a full year away and we will learn a lot more about this movie in the coming months, but for now this is the most I could find.

Stay tuned for more Marvel updates!

As a closing thought I would just like to say that personally, researching for this article has given me both a lot of optimism for this movie and a lot more respect for the first Avengers, as well as all future marvel projects. It would seem as though there is a complex formula for making amazing superhero movies, and the scientists at Marvel have finally figured it out. All I can say is that, if they can make the first Avengers film as well as they did, and that was only the appetizer, I am counting down the seconds until I get to see what is for dinner.

By Alec Kaden

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