Avengers: Age of Ultron is the culmination of “Phase 2” of Marvel movies (including only the Disney-produced movies). There is very little actually known as of yet (and with a year to go, that’s expected), but what we do know is intriguing, albeit very little.
The title villain, Ultron, is one of the most sinister in all of Marvel. Originally the creation of Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man), Ultron turned evil and declared war on Humanity (a little like Skynet). The movie makers, however, announced that Hank Pym will not be the origin of Ultron, which means that a new origin story will be necessary. I’m putting my money on a Tony Stark origin story, but that’s just me. James Spader will be the voice of Ultron, although Whedon says that his face will be somehow integrated as well.
Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver
Joss Whedon announced early on that the brother-sister team of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch will be in his movie. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel’s movie production team, sat that the two characters will be introduced through Baron Von Strucker (his section is below), and a portion of the movie will be spent wondering if the pair can be trusted. Knowing the history of the characters in the comics, we’re still not sure ourselves.
Baron Von Strucker
The new head of Hydra, Baron Von Strucker, is going to be a small villain in the movie. He has been compared to the intro villain of a Bond movie. Strucker took over Hydra in the comics and was a regular villain. Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as the Baron.
The following actors have confirmed that they are signed on for the movie, reprising their former rolls:
- Robert Downy Junior – Tony Stark (Iron Man)
- Chris Evans – Steve Rodgers (Captain America)
- Chris Hemsworth – Thor
- Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner (Hulk)
- Jeremy Renner – Clint Barton (Hawkeye)
- Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)
- Don Cheadle – Colonel James Rhodes (War Machine)
- Anthony Mackie – Sam Wilson (The Falcon)
- Colbie Smulders – Maria Hill
- Samuel L Jackson – Nick Fury
It sounds like most of the Avengers (and Shield agents) are back in business.
We’re not sure why, but there is going to be filming that takes place in South Africa. We can only hope and pray that this means we will finally see Black Panther arrive on the big screen. This is because Africa in Marvel is often associated with Wauconda, the home of the African Prince Cha’talla. The Black Panther has been requested to be filmed for years and often teased by Kevin Feige.
And finally, probably, but not confirmed:
An Avenger Will Kick The Bucket
We’re not sure who, but Joss Whedon is famous for killing off beloved characters in his movies and TV shows. When asked for the general theme of Avengers 2, he replied by saying, “Death. Death. Death.” Count on it, someone is going to die.
The actors and actresses for Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill have been contracted for movies following The Avengers 2, so they’re most likely safe from Whedon’s hateful axe. I searched for the rest of the cast’s contract information, but could not find it. Assuming I didn’t simply miss it, this could mean that any of the follow characters might meet their fate at Ultron’s hand:
- Black Widow
- Scarlett Witch
In the comics, Hawkeye met his end at the hand of Scarlett Witch, a character being introduced this movie. Jeremy Renner has openly spoken poorly of Marvel’s decisions with his character. I would put my money on this being Hawkeye’s last shot.
So that’s what we know for sure. It’s not much, but it’s still early on. I am very excited for what Marvel will do between now and the post-credits scene of Avengers 2. Phase 2 is looking good thus far, but only time will tell.