Having to follow up the highlight of Hall H on Saturday is a tough spot for any studio, but after the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past exited stage right in Hall H, Marvel kept its movie properties rolling with its own Marvel Studios panel.
By now, you've heard and seen Joss Whedon close the Marvel Studios panel by introducing a teaser that culminates in the announcement of The Avengers sequel's full title, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Following that revelation, Whedon did a number of interviews to talk about the upcoming sequel. So here's what we know about the film, one day removed from Comic-Con.
- First off, Whedon wanted to clarify that his movie won't follow the storyline of the recent 10-part comic series Age of Ultron. Instead, his version will start with the origins and feature the evolution of the robotic nemesis.
- When you think Ultron, you may think that means Henry Pym aka Ant-Man is going to appear, right? I mean, through flashbacks in the comics, it's revealed that Ultron is Pym's creation and is based on Pym's brain patterns. Well, sorry to burst your size-shifting bubble, but Whedon says there's no Ant-Man in the Avengers sequel.
- This leads us to the ongoing Vin Diesel/Marvel rumor mill. At the Hall H panel for Riddick, Diesel was tight-lipped about a fan's question about whether he would play the Vision in the film, though he seemed to give the secret away with a wide grin. In two late '60s issues of Avengers (#57 and #58), a flashback sequence reveals that Ultron is the creator of the Vision, whom it tries to use to destroy the Avengers. Instead, the Vision destroys Ultron with the aid of the Avengers. Could this be part of the plot for Whedon's sequel?
- Meanwhile, EW managed to pull a quote from Diesel about his potential Marvel role. “I can tell you that Marvel was excited about bringing a different kind of relationship, a kind of love story, I guess kind of inspired from the Dom-Letty relationship, into the Marvel universe.” Could this be a clue that Diesel might play Thanos and if so, who would play his beloved Death? Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige meanwhile says "there's nothing to announce" and that a potential announcement is "so far ahead it may not even exist." That sounds like Diesel hasn't signed on the dotted line yet and is only being considered for a mystery role.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier codirector Joe Russo spoke about his upcoming film saying it has a very strong connection to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. "There's a very strong connection in the narrative between the events at the end of Marvel's The Avengers that drive this film [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] and there's a very strong hand off to The Avengers: Age of Ultron at the end of this movie. [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige's who thing is that this is the biggest bridge of all of the Phase Two movies. It does involve the most amount of Avengers of any of the Phase Two films and it has sort of a, you know, there's a very big shift in the universe at the end of this movie."
- "It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house and there's a science fiction element that's a little bit stronger… Getting the team together was so rousing, but keeping them together is a completely different problem." - Whedon explaining the difference between the two Avengers movies.
- "Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we're going to get a couple of different iterations." - Whedon on whether we'll see multiple Ultron suits. Whedon adds, Avengers 2 will be a "global Avengers film." The team will be placed not only in America but all over the world. Filming looks to begin at the end of February next year in London.
- "Part of the fun for me this time around, is writing Hawkeye," Whedon said. "He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around scowl-y for most of the movie last time, so now it's actually nice to have the character there and really see him interact with the others."
- Here's an interesting take on the Ultron storyline. The announcement footage screened in Hall H began with Iron Man's helmet getting bashed in as we slowly zoomed in and the voices of the other Avengers were heard offscreen. When we zoomed back out, that helmet had transformed into Ultron's helmet making some wonder, what if Iron Man's Jarvis A.I. has been corrupted and decides to piece together scraps of Iron Man suits and forms Ultron? As mentioned above, Whedon is not including Ant-Man in this movie and is instead "working with the pieces that we already have."
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