Marvel unveiled the first official team-based one-sheet for Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday which earned mixed reaction to its visual quality but much praise for confirming several exciting cameos of additional fan-favorite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The poster focused on the returning six core heroes from writer and director Joss Whedon's record-breaking 2012 hit, alongside fellow returnee Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and new heroes Quicksilver (Aaron-Taylor Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and The Vision (Paul Bettany). The stars of the film took to social media to share the Avengers 2 poster as well, and today, Robert Downey Jr., followed up with an additional poster, starring himself as Tony Stark.
The new image (below) depicts Stark sporting his new Mark XLIII armor, something he must have constructed after wiping our his armory at the end of Iron Man 3. The background features the "castle" of new Hydra villain Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) from what we gather will be the prologue/opening sequence of the film which builds off of the post-credits button of Captain America: The Winter Soldier where moviegoers first met Strucker and new super-powered characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
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If anything, Stark can keep his hair well-maintained under his helmet. The timing of this new character poster is smart given the mixed responses to yesterday's team poster. We can only hope that each character (and especially, newcomer Vision) get their own one-sheets as well just like Marvel Studios did with the first Avengers (even Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson got one!).
And if that's the case, perhaps they all connect together to form a massive banner, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe Comic-Con art has over the years, including last summer's 8-poster set of conceptual art for Age of Ultron.
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What's more interesting is RDJ's message that accompanied the poster on Facebook and Twitter:
Got a little somethin for ya, folks. Just cuz you’re awesome, check out this new Iron Man poster for Avengers #AgeOfUltron.And don’t tell 'em I told you, but there’s a big announcement coming in 8 days… Shhhhhhh… #getexcited
The last time RDJ teased something "big" it was quickly announced that he had signed with Disney and Marvel Studios to appear in Captain America: Civil War. Are we getting another RDJ-centered announcement or is Hollywood's highest paid actor teasing something for the team?
We'll soon have some more Avengers 2 coverage on the site in the coming days from our visit to the set last summer and the timing of our interviews going up seems aligned with the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next week - a show we know will be connected to Avengers: Age of Ultron. We also believe a brand new Avengers 2 trailer may debut during this episode (that remains unconfirmed). This announcement Downey teases though, will occur two days later so if it's not directly tied to Avengers 2 (or Iron Man 4) we can only hope there's more official news coming up regarding Spider-Man, a character who's joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a partnership agreement between Marvel and Sony.
Perhaps Spider-Man has been cast or Sony has selected a director (see our Spider-Man director suggestions here), or maybe we'll find out which MCU movie Spidey will first appear in before he gets his own solo feature in July 2017. What would you like to see from Marvel's next major announcement?
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.
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