The Avengers may have won the battle for New York, but Joss Whedon's upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron will see the superhero team facing far greater responsibilities. With S.H.I.E.L.D. in tatters following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark take up the challenge of creating an organization capable of policing the entire world, with Captain America playing leader and Iron Man footing the bill.
Whether or not the world should be policed by a group of people who are still figuring out how to get along without killing one another remains to be seen, but the Avengers' daunting new task and the enemies that they face will take them to a range of international locations, including cities like Seoul and Johannesburg. A new "World Tour" featurette touches on the various locations of the film and how they establish the Avengers as a global presence - as well as a global hazard.
Those who are trying to avoid watching too many trailers before Age of Ultron comes out are also going to be tested, as a new TV spot has made its way online. This contains only a scant few frames of new footage and no real revelations or spoilers, but it does show the kind of very public destruction that will be wrought by the fight between the Avengers and Ultron's robot army.
New York City seems to getting a break from full-on battle scenes, but only so that it can become the stage for the upcoming roster of Marvel/Netflix shows.
Avengers: Age of Ultron features a mix of old and new faces, with Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson all reprising their superhero roles from the first film and James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson newly arriving as the three key members of "Team Ultron." Paul Bettany is also being upgraded from the voice of a sarcastic A.I. to a full android, as he takes on the role of Tony Stark creation Vision.
How are you managing to avoid spoiling too much of the film's action? Are you following a 'duck and cover' policy when it comes to new trailers or TV spots, or are you hoping Joss Whedon has packed a few surprises into what we now know will be his last Avengers feature for a few years, at least?
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens up in theaters on May 1st, 2015.