As Marvel tries to promote an obscure new property in Guardians of the Galaxy, recover from its Ant-Man stumbles, and get Doctor Strange into pre-production, there is also this little movie called The Avengers: Age of Ultron which is currently in the middle of its shoot. With so much Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff going on, it's hard to remember that Avengers 2 is even underway; perfect timing for a new set of rumors about the film to hit.
This is going to be a breakdown of the rumored scenario for the film's opening act - meaning that if it turns out to be true, it would reveal a lot more about the Avengers 2 than some fans are comfortable knowing up front. In that sense, we must warn that MASSIVE POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW.
Latino Review is once again the source of this supposed Marvel movie scoop - and there's quite a bit of it. Here's the summary of the what the site posted about the opening act and some general info related to Avengers: Age of Ultron:
- Up front it's said that Scarlett Johansson's pregnancy has inspired some rewrites, so elements of the film could be in flux, and therefore change from what is being reported today.
- The film will be Marvel's biggest of all time (no surprise), with a runtime of over two hours.
- The opening sequence is described as being an Avengers team assault on Baron von Strucker's HYDRA lair from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier mid-credits scene. The Baron has Loki's staff, and Chitauri weaponry including a dead Leviathan. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch attack, and the Witch mind-hexes Hulk, who subsequently smashes.
- The more experienced Avengers team eventually wins, and celebrates victory with a party in Stark Tower, where they play some superhero-style party games, and it's revealed that there's a Widow and Bruce Banner romance brewing (with obvious Hulk problems in the way). Meanwhile, the Thor/Jane romance is apparently done.
For more specific details on these scenes, head over to Latino Review.
That opening battle sequence sounds pretty sweet, and is admittedly something we've heard described before. Don't be shocked if the report is accurate. Seeing a more experienced Avengers team working together to takedown actual supervillains sounds like an even better evolution of watching a more experienced Captain America take on an actual supervillain in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The party scene is one that I've personally gone on #SRUnderground podcast record as saying I've wanted to see. Mark Millar's Ultimates was a small example of how an Avengers party is both a fun and intriguing thing to see.
As for the romances? Well... Natalie Portman told us in person that she didn't have any plans to be included in Avengers 2 - and her presence in the franchise has been turbulent ever since Marvel parted ways with original Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins. Portman is contracted for multiple films like so many in the Marvel camp - but the current details of their relationship are currently unknown. For all we know, Jane Foster could be on her way out - and most fans would probably be okay with that. Thor 3 still has that Lady Sif character waiting in the wings of Asgard...
The Bruce Banner/Black Widow thing is a different matter entirely. As LR fairly points out, it's a kind of a Joss Whedon signature (misunderstood geek gets hot super girl) - and it does mark a sort of evolution to their arc from the first film (see above) - but of all the super men Agent Romanoff has worked her charms on (Stark, Rogers) I don't think anyone was pulling for her to end up with the doc. (Side note: whatever happened to Liv Tyler's Betty Ross? Is good ol' Bruce just over her?)
Let's just say we're not pulling for that part of the rumor to turn out real, because at the end of the day, is the Hulk/Widow romance something really worth spending time on in an Avengers movie? Eventually we do want to get to the Ultron part...
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1st, 2015.
Source: Latino Review