After showing exclusive footage of “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and even “Guardians of the Galaxy” at Comic-Con International, Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige announced that the sequel to 2012’s “The Avengers” will be called “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
This confirms that Ultron will serve as the film’s primary antagonist, which refutes speculation that Thanos, who made a cameo at the end of “The Avengers” and will appear in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” would be the villain.
Ultron is an intelligent but extremely dangerous android that first appeared in “Avengers” No. 54 in 1968. He was created by scientist Hank Pym, also known as Ant-Man, and developed an irrational hatred of him. He has battled the Avengers numerous times over the years, most recently in the “Age of Ultron” comic book event.
Joss Whedon, who returns to write and direct, has confirmed that despite the sequel’s title, it will not be based on the “Age of Ultron” comic arc, but will instead present an altered version of the character’s origin. The director has said that Hank Pym will not appear in the movie, leading fans to speculate that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will be Ultron’s creator instead.
Although Hank Pym will be absent from “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Edgar Wright has confirmed that he will appear in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe release, “Ant-Man,” in November 2015.
Whedon has previously said that rather than trying to make the sequel bigger than “The Avengers,” he is going to make it much darker and character focused. Including Ultron, a character whose beginnings are closely tied to the Avengers, could be indicative of how Whedon will achieve this.
The director has also confirmed that Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, will return from “The Avengers” with a much larger role. Many fans were disappointed with his character’s lack of prominence in the first film due to him being possessed by Loki.
But could Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson return?
“He could,” Whedon teased. “Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in Avengers 2. Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B-story. And I already have too much movie. That’s better than the other thing.”
Agent Coulson will return in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set for release May 1, 2015.