What to Expect From "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"

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February 27th, 2014

In 2012, "The Avengers" released to become a thrilling global blockbuster that grossed more than $1.5 billion. Since then, the entertainment industry has been abuzz with rumors, speculation and snippets about a sequel. During the end of the first movie's credits, director Joss Whedon teased audiences by implying that a sequel was in the works with the presence of a famous Marvel supervillain, Thanos. However, more definite details about the sequel are continuously emerging about the hit comic book movie's sequel, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."


The Main Villain is Ultron

Despite the Thanos teaser during the credits of the first movie, the primary villain of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is set to be Ultron. A malevolent robot first introduced by Marvel in 1968, Ultron is a comic book staple. Among his fearsome abilities is the power to continuously upgrade his own strength and evolve. According to Whedon, the movie is going to show multiple versions of Ultron.


The Movie Is Changing Ultron's Origin Story

While the movie is using one of Marvel's longtime supervillains, it is making major changes to his origin story. According to comic book canon, Ultron is the creation of Hank Pym, who is the alter ego for Ant-Man. However, a movie based on Ant-Man is in the works and set to come out after "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." This would seemingly create an issue in which audiences are introduced to Ultron before they meet his creator.

According to Whedon, however, this is not a problem for the much anticipated sequel. Instead of relying on Marvel canon, the movie is creating a new backstory for Ultron. Whedon has implied that the robot's origins lie with the characters that audiences are already familiar with, and speculators contend that Tony Stark is a likely choice to be the new Ultron creator.


Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Are Joining the Group

In addition to the returning six members of the team from "The Avengers," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is set to include two new characters: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. This brother-sister tandem adds more unique powers and abilities to the original crew. While most of the original group focuses on physical strength and battle prowess, Quicksilver adds exceptional speed, and Scarlet Witch contributes an interesting mix of telekinesis and magic. Whedon has stated that he hopes these additions broaden what is possible and expected from the franchise. One potential issue for mixing up stories lies in the fact that Quicksilver is also set to appear in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." However, Quicksilver is not expected to take on a major role in the upcoming X-Men movie.


Hawkeye Is Taking a More Central Role

The character Hawkeye from the original movie is set to take on a more major role in the sequel. Whedon has indicated that Hawkeye is going to be more fully developed and explored during this outing for the team. In the first movie, Hawkeye took on an understated role for reasons special to the movie's plot. Whedon has stated that he is excited to bring the Hawkeye character more depth and screen time in this movie.


Some Filming Will Occur in South Korea

While the movie's production is based in London, major elements of the movie's principal photography are scheduled to take place in Seoul, South Korea. Marvel's president, Kevin Feige, has said that South Korea makes for an ideal shooting location for the movie. Among his reasons, he cites its developed infrastructure, advanced technology, distinctive architecture and breathtaking scenery. Additional production and development activity for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is taking place in Aosta Valley, Italy, and Johannesburg, South Africa.


Agent Coulson Is Not Making an Appearance

Despite his death in the first movie, audiences know that Agent Coulson has been revived to take on a role in the TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." However, Whedon has said that the beloved character is not appearing in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." According to Whedon, it would take too much time and resources to include him. The director has stated that Coulson's revival and reintroduction to the group would require its own storyline in an already complex and heavy plot.

On the heels of such a smashing blockbuster success as the "The Avengers," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is sure to be one of the most highly anticipated movies on its release. While fans have to wait until May 1, 2015, to find out everything, many details about the production are coming to light with each passing day, which only adds to the mounting expectations that movie and comic book fans have for the next installment of this popular franchise.