Comic-Con: What Joss Whedon Has Planned for ‘The Avengers’ Sequel

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Director to bring one of the Avengers' oldest villains to the big screen with a new origin story

Just days after revealing “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” as the name of “The Avengerssequel during Marvel’s Comic-Con panel on July 20, Joss Whedon has given fans a little more to get excited about leading up to the film’s May 1, 2015 release: additional details of what will appear in the superhero actioner. The first made over $1.5 billion for Disney.

Among them:

■ There’s a logo that Whedon revealed during the final minutes of Marvel’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday:

Avengers age of ultron

■ Whedon, is returning to write and direct the follow up, is telling his version of Ultron’s origin story: “A lot of people, because we called it ‘Age of Ultron’ and there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ recently, assumed that was the storyline we were doing which is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron. The other thing is Ultron was (the Avengers’) chief villain when I read the book. He has been THE Avengers villain for so long, I was amazed anybody was surprised it was going to be him in a movie. But we’re sort of crafting our own version of it, where his origin comes more from the Avengers than we already know about it.”

In the comic books, Ultron is a robot created by scientist Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym (who later becomes Ant-Man) that develops its own intelligence and rebels, dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity. As part of his plans, he creates Vision as a weapon to destroy the Avengers.

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■ Don’t expect Pym to appear in the film: “In the origin story (of the comic books), there was Henry Pym, so a lot of people assumed he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not because we’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use,” Whedon said. “A lot of stuff has to fall by the way side.”

■ The Ultron-centric sequel was planned before the first “Avengers” film. “Since before I even took the job of making the first one, I thought ‘Well I don’t know if I want to make this movie, but the second one should have Ultron in it,” Whedon said.

■ Ultron will be represented by different iterations, as he is in the comic books. “Ultron is definitely somebody who evolves so we’re going to get a couple of iterations, it’s going to be cool,” Whedon said.

■ Expect a change in tone: “It’s a little bit darker than the other film, because Ultron is in the house there’s a science fiction element that I think is a little bit stronger than the other film,” Whedon said. “Getting the team together was so rousing, but seriously, keeping the team together is a completely different problem.”

■ The sequel will be more global: “A lot of the movie has to do with (The Avengers’) place not only in America but in the world.”

■ Whedon is looking forward to writing Hawkeye for the sequel, played by Jeremy Renner. “He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and sort of had to walk around scowley for most of the movie last time,” Whedon said. “So now it’s nice to actually have the character there and really see him interact with the other guys.”

■ “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will film in March, in London.

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Whedon revealed the details during a discussion with “Marvel Live!” at Comic-Con (see below). Separately, Whedon has said:

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will also appear in the Avengers sequel. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Godzilla,” the “Kick-Ass” films) is in negotiations to play Quicksilver, Magneto’s son in the comics and essentially Marvel’s version of DC Comics’ The Flash.

■ Whedon has told the AP that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson isn’t likely to appear in the “Avengers” sequel. ““He could. 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.”

■ Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow “is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises,” Whedon said at a during a Nerd HQ Q&A. “She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read — and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book — but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing — it’s a different skill set — and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”

Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, will not appear in the film.

■ But the rest of the cast of “The Avengers,” including Robert Downey Jr., are back.

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  1. Josca says:

    And also iron man is my favorite superhero

  2. Josca says:

    I know iron man 3 had the extremis and the mandarin wrong but it still was a good movie. I read comics and the movies aren’t always the same. Plus they knew the mandarin was not gonna work on the big screen. It was a great movie and I loved how they focused on tony stark out of his suit. This is why some of the people complained that he stayed out of his suit too much. It’s because Robert Downey jr wanted more FaceTime. I think all iron man trilogy were great.

  3. Josca says:

    They will have thanos in guardians of the galaxy and then they will save him for the big finale A3. That’s my opinion though

  4. Josca says:

    Falcon might be in the avengers:age of ultron

  5. The Kingslayer says:

    My intrested in the sequel has declined due to the lack of Thanos.

    • Nikman Shah says:

      I think I’ve read somewhere that Thanos will be the main villain in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film.

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  7. Josca says:

    I hope black panther should be one of the team member in the avengers: age of ultron

  8. Josca says:

    Are they any other superheroes joining the avengers other than quicksilver and scarlet witch

  9. dave says:

    can Mr Whedon sneak away a few bucks and do a sequel to serenity? :P out of 1.5billion from The avengers im sure disney wouldnt miss a paltry 50million or so. lol. 2015 is going to be an interesting year since superman Vs batman will be out the same year…

    • The problem with doing a sequel to Serenity is that the rights for the film are with Universal, and as much as the fans, Joss and the cast might want it, it won’t happen without Universal signing off on it.

  10. braxton29 says:

    What I want to know is how Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will tie into this and what side will they be on? Furthermore, who are the leading candidates to play them?

    • Josca says:

      Although fox has the rights to xmen and they are magnetos children. in age of ultron they will have nothing to do with magneto. They will have there own story.

    • DJ says:

      As the story says, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is negotiating to play Quicksilver. It’s been reported that the actress they’re thinking of when they cast the Scarlet Witch is Saorsie Ronan

  11. Antekryst says:

    Bout time! After the disappointment (IMHO) that Ironman 3 turned out to be, it’s so refreshing to see Whedon try and sort things out after what happened at the end of IM3 (not gonna spoil it but those who have seen know what I mean!). Although I am speculating that Stark will be responsible for constructing Ultron probably as a means of combating whatever the future holds for the Avengers. If you saw Avengers and then IM3 you know exactly why Stark would need Ultron! I just wish IM3 had followed the Extremis motion comic more closely. Despite the awkward motion comic animation, the story was fairly sound!

    • dave says:

      the avengers was ok but it wasnt as good as Ironman 3. IM3 was much more fun and seemed more original. the end of the Avengers just felt like the end of Transformers 3. i know it was probably written before transformers so it was just a coincedence, but it felt like it had all been done before. the bad guys in IM3 seemed more of a threat too. loki just didnt really have any menace, you know theyre never going to truly defeat him since hes Thors brother. i hope Ultron is more of a threat than loki. and i also hope they dont resort to the blowing up a city ending that most superhero blockbusters seem to resort to now.. eg man of steal/transformers 3/avengers etc. its been done, lets move on.

      • braxton29 says:

        The Avengers flew circles around IM3. IM3 had no continuity from the last two movies and was essentially Shane Black trying to put his own stamp on the Avengers franchise by riding the charms of Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers was an unprecedented achievement and an exciting film, while IM3 was disappointing because it deviated greatly from the Extremis plot, Mandarin was a sham and it just fell flat rather than come full circle.

  12. rick says:

    i thought the avengers was going to be about thanos not ultron that would have been more awesome and would a much more action packed sequel

    • braxton29 says:

      The Avengers do end up in a showdown against Thanos, but Whedon decided that Thanos will be the villain in the endgame of Phase 3; considering how extensively dangerous he is, he should be the villain for the final showdown.

      • Nikman Shah says:

        Isn’t Thanos the main villain in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film? Or have I got it wrong?

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