After presenting footage for each of the Phase Two films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to The Avengers 2, Joss Whedon took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend to show fans a little something special - a teaser introducing the title of the sequel to be The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The video revealed the villain, hinted at his origin, and the title (mostly) spoke for itself.
Although Ultron has been a part of Joss Whedon's story plans for the next team-up movie since he began working on the script, it took Marvel some time to come up with the final title, and the one they chose, doesn't actually have much to do with the comic book miniseries of the same name that debuted earlier this year.
Speaking with Empire, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige was quick to clarify that while "Age of Ultron" was the best title for the film, Joss Whedon's story has little to do with the Age of Ultron story in Marvel Comics from earlier this year.
"It's not that [run's] story, but it's that title. It's been in the works for seven or eight months... There are some things in this movie, that you'll see in 2015, that arise directly from casual conversations Joss and I had on the set of the first one. 'Would it be cool if...?' 'That would be cool!'"
"We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appeared, and that's a great title. Age Of Ultron is a great title. We had a few other 'Of Ultrons', but that was the best one. So we're borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers comics."
And that's a good thing considering the comic series written by Brian Michael Bendis - the man also behind the story of Marvel Heroes video game - was critically torn apart.
While elements of Marvel Comics stories over the years relating to Ultron may be used, his origin will be entirely different since his original creator, Hank Pym, won't be in the film. From the teaser introducing Ulton as the villain of The Avengers sequel, it's clear that Ultron is formed from Iron Man armor so it's our belief that Tony Stark - and perhaps something to do with his AI assistant Jarvis going rogue - will be used to create the new antagonist. But that's just speculation on our part.
Feige continues, explaining that seeing Hiddleston on stage playing Loki was the best Comic-Con moment of the dozen or so years he's attended the annual event and he hinted that Loki could return down the line after Thor: The Dark World. "We think Loki could be the big bad for us, for a long time." When Empire assumed Loki wasn't in the sequel, Kevin Feige asked if the interviewer was "sure about that" even though Whedon went on record previously stating Loki wasn't a part of his script.
For Marvel Comics readers displayed with the Age of Ultron series and concerned about The Avengers sequel following it, Bendis took to his personal Tumblr blog and confirmed otherwise, reiterating Feige's words:
As has already been revealed… not much. my story was based on the concept that Ultron had been a threat to us for many many years while Joss’ story is the birth of Ultron as it relates to the Marvel cinematic universe.
Joss’ has a fantastic take on the character. big surprise :-)
Our questions relate to whether or not Ultron will lead to the introduction of Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a character Ultron creates in Marvel Comics, and how new heroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will play into the film's story.
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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