Big comic book movies are at the forefront of pop-culture as we head into the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and Marvel Studios is trying to stay ahead of the pack in a big way, as they promote both Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers: Age of Ultron at this year’s convention – while also teasing their Phase 3 lineup.
We’ve already seen the first official image of James Spader’s Ultron – and Guardians promo materials have been coming non-stop – but on the PR front, Marvel Studios head of production Kevin Feige is taking to the press circuit to confront some recently leaked Avengers 2 plot details. Needless to say, what follows should be considered MILD SPOILERS FOR AGE OFULTRON!!!!
Here are the story leaks we’ve heard re-iterated over the last few months. Compare those (bullet) points to what Feige officially told IGN during a Guardians of the Galaxy preview footage event in London:
- Film opens with an experienced Avengers team battling Baron von Strucker, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch at their base.
- After the battle, the team celebrates in Stark’s Avengers Tower.
FEIGE: Last time we saw Stark Tower, from The Avengers, it had gotten beat up a little bit thanks to Hulk and thanks to Loki and the Chituari, and Pepper and Tony were standing over a table looking at plans” he explained. “That’s where we pulled out and all the letters had fallen away except the ‘A’ in Stark. So what they were doing was retro-fitting for The Avengers. And that’s what we see in this next film.
- Avengers Tower will be a huge set piece/base. Banner and Stark will have a lab together – big hanger for modified team Quinjets – the works.
FEIGE: “S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone – for people who are following along. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded and brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier because it turned out to not be the best organization ever. So Tony’s bank-rolling The Avengers now. And he’s bank-rolling their headquarters. So it’s now Avengers Tower.
“Tony designed it so in addition to a hanger for a brand-new Quinjet, laboratories, places where he can build and store his Iron Man suits, there are I believe two bars. Beautiful multiple space living rooms which are perfect for parties and social gatherings. But it’s a primary location in the film this time around.”
- Costume updates include what we’ve seen for Cap and Hawkeye in set photos; Black Widow will have batons, enhanced stinger tech and a “TRON-style” look; Hulk will have size-changing pants; Iron Man will have Mark 43 (variation on Iron Man 3 design) and Mark 44 (Hulkbuster) armors. Everyone will sport Avengers “A” logos.
FEIGE: “There are a lot of scenes that you should be getting excited about. “[The Hulkbuster armor] is certainly one of them. I think I said a long time ago when Joss [Whedon] first did his six-page or 10-page outline for Avengers, there was a lot of work and the movie’s adapted quite a bit since then, but there were like six or seven signature things just in that. I said ‘Joss, even if we don’t do anything else. Just do these seven things, that’s enough for the movie. Now let’s get to work and put it all together.’ Those things are in the movie and are amazing, of which that sequence is one.”
- Ultron will look like something made out of Coulson’s Destroyer gun from Avengers. A “Balrog/LOTR” smoldering underneath an articulated face (James Spader mo-cap).
- Vision will look like the classic red, green and gold version (Paul Bettany in makeup) with a very shiny veneer.
We don’t yet have an official look at The Vision, but as for that Ultron description above, how does THIS compare?
So in essence, the internet got it right on this one. Sounds like Avengers: Age of Ultron will start off with a bang, and keep the action high throughout. Further conformation was given that this sequel will be a globe-trotting adventure, with the UK, Italy and South Africa all mentioned as foreign locales.
Headline: Sounds like Avengers 2 will be awesome. Who knew?
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.