The Avengers Sequel Officially Titled THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
So, there you have it. It’s no secret that Marvel and Disney have some very long term plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it was only natural to announce the title of the highly anticipated superhero team-up sequel at San Diego Comic-Con. Director Joss Whedon took the stage in Hall H to wet the appetites of the MCU’s eager fan base. A trailer comprised of quotes from the first film and the hammering of a metal object glowed red, revealing the helmet of Ultron and the title card: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. What is even more interesting about this title choice is the fact that Whedon revealed that the film won’t follow the recent Age of Ultron comic storyline, nor will it include Henry Pym (aka Ant-Man). Hit the jump to read more.
For those of you unfamiliar, the character Ultron made his first appearance in an unnamed cameo in Avengers #54 (1968), then made his first full appearance in Avengers #55 (1968). The Age of Ultron is a 10-issue comic storyline spanning from March- June 2013 – so the storyline is extremely fresh. In the comics, Wolverine and Invisible Woman travel back in time to kill Henry Pym (Ant-Man) before he is able to create Ultron.
What’s interesting about this choice is that, according to the plans Marvel and Disney have set, Ant-Man won’t be introduced to the MCU until November 2015 – six months after Age of Ultron‘s release date. While rumors swirled that Ant-Man would be making his cinematic debut in the Avengers sequel, it appears as if president Kevin Feige and the studio want to hold out to kick off Phase Three.
Also, where does Thanos fit in? After this news, it’s safe to assume that he will be addressed in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Director Joss Whedon explained that the upcoming film will be a new origin story for Ultron and it will not follow the recent comic’s storyline (quotes courtesy of Collider.com):
A lot of people—because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book, Age of Ultron just recently—assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron. The other thing is, in the origin story, there was Hank Pym. So a lot of people assumed that he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not. Because we’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside. Ultron was their chief villain. He’s been the Avengers villain for so long. I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie. We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about.
While Whedon claims that Ultron has always been his dream Avengers villain – he even pitched Ultron for Avengers 2 before he signed on for the first film – he notes that the sequel will be darker and more “sci-fi” due to Ultron’s presence:
It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction element that I think is a bit stronger than the other film… It is very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place, not just in America, but in the world.
So there you have it! With so much still to come in Marvel’s Phase Two, how excited are you to hear of Marvel and Disney’s upcoming plans for their box office superhero blockbusters? Sound off with your thoughts!
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