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.”