We're now only three Marvel movies away from the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will kick off the busy box office summer of 2015. As a sequel to the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time, the pressure is really on for writer and director Joss Whedon to create a worthy follow-up to his initial success.
Many of the details regarding The Avengers: Age of Ultron remain shrouded in secrecy, but star Chris Hemsworth took to the stage at Wizard World Comic Con last weekend to answer fan questions about the movie in as much detail as his non-disclosure agreement permits.
While a lot of the audience questions started with "You're so beautiful" and "You're very sexy," Hemsworth did get a direct query about whether or not he will have more screen time in The Avengers: Age of Ultron than he had in The Avengers.
"I hope so. Everything in [Age of Ultron] is ramped up though. It kind of blew me away reading [the script]. I don't know how Joss [Whedon] does it, but everyone has gone up another notch and the whole thing is bigger and more exciting and crazier. Yeah, he's a genius."
To recap, The Avengers featured Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor teaming up for the first time to take on a massive invading army of Chitauri warriors. In the ensuing battle the Hulk punched an enormous flying alien serpent so hard in the face that it crumbled into pieces, shortly before Iron Man intercepted a nuclear missile and escorted it through a wormhole. Promising that things are going to get bigger and crazier in The Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't a statement to be made lightly.
Since Loki is preoccupied with his ongoing harassment of Asgard, he won't be reprising his villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Instead, as the title suggests, the powerful AI Ultron will be the new nemesis for the Avengers and will be joined in the villain ranks by Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann). Not to be outdone, the Avengers will also be joined by new team members Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
Early production on The Avengers: Age of Ultron has already begun, as evidenced by the early set videos of what appears to be a Hulk rampage. Hemsworth, however, says that his own shooting schedule might not reflect the broad range of locations that will be included in the film:
"I'm really excited to start Avengers 2 in 2 months and get back on set... Yeah, we're going to meet in London and shoot there for 4 months, so I'm excited to get back together with everyone and catch up."
Based on the implication that all of Hemsworth's filming will take place in London (as opposed to the other far-flung locations being used), it seems that Thor might actually get less screen time in The Avengers: Age of Ultron than he had in the first film. That's kind of understandable, since the villain of The Avengers was his own adopted brother and as such he played a pretty significant role - though, if Hemsworth is on set for a full four months then he's probably not going to be completely sidelined.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.