What We Know About Avengers 2 (So Far)

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We might still be two entire years away from the second Avengers movie coming out, but we couldn’t help but share some of the interesting news that’s surfaced so far.

It’s Called “Age of Ultron”

That title alone is reason to be incredibly excited for the next Avengers outing. Ultron is one of the big bads of the comics, a robot designed by Hank Pym with a super intelligence based on the human mind. What makes this particular enemy so interesting is that he has the ability to upload his mind to other bodies if the original comes to harm, effectively making him immortal. Joss Whedon spoke to Total Film recently about the new villain.

“I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.’ Because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.

“He was great. He’s somebody who can juice things up and he’s a real problem for the Avengers. That’s not always easy to find. It’s not like the Vulture is really going to give them a hard time for 20 minutes.”

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It’s An Original Story

Over in the comics, a 10-issue story called “Age of Ultron” has just come to an end but Whedon has already said that Avengers 2 won’t be based on that arc. Which makes sense if you’ve read it considering Wolverine plays a huge part and most of the events are actually about time travel than Ultron himself. However if you’re new to the character it’s worth a read to see just what Ultron is capable of.

There’s also going to be some major changes to Ultron’s origins. For one thing it won’t be Hank Pym who creates him. 

“We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.”

This is an intriguing thought that has me guessing whether Iron Man will in fact be the one to invent him seeing as in some versions of the story, he collaborated with Pym on the project (for more Ultron research check out The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon).

hawkeyeblackwidowThere Will Be More Hawkeye

A few people might have been disappointed (including Jeremy Renner) that Hawkeye spent most of The Avengers as a “personal flying monkey,” but this time he’s going to get more time to shine. This can only be a good thing as Hawkeye is one of the funniest, snarkiest characters out there (think Spider-Man with more cynicism).

“Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”

Black Widow Will Play A “Huge Part”

Despite writing for a huge team of superheroes, it’s fair to say that Joss Whedon has a soft spot for the “regular guys”. Black Widow is far from regular but there is something very appealing about someone without powers holding their own amongst the big guns.

“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel, because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although she’s in Cap 2, [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know?”

There Won’t Be An Appearance From Agent Coulson

Joss Whedon has explained that to bring Coulson into Avengers 2 would require too much story, something he already has a lot of to begin with. But don’t fret! You can still watch Agent Coulson in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show arriving in September.

Quicksilver is NOT The Same One In X-Men Days Of Future Past

When Bryan Singer announced the casting of Quicksilver, there was a short moment of confusion. Was this to be a crossover? Or would this become two studios battling it out over one character? Well, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as either. Joss Whedon revealed that he wasn’t actually paying too much attention to what the X-Men guys were up to and was happy to just do his own thing. Which means two actors and two versions of the same character.

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Quicksilver Could Be Played By Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been approached for the part and while nothing is official yet, he’s already been talking about the character a lot. He spoke to Total Film recently, proving the amount of research he’s already done for Quicksilver.

“There’s years – over 50 years – of backstory on him all there to use, and I like doing that. Him and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other.”

“His sister really is his guidance – emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He’s very overprotective physically – he doesn’t want anyone touching her.”

“He has real anger frustration – I like that. I always thought it’d be quite funny if you saw him eating loads and people asked him why and he’d explain it’s because he’s burning so much energy all the time. Or ideas that you’d see him come back round – but he’s already nipped out and got his lunch somewhere else. He just got bored – his attention span is so f**king quick.”

No news on the casting of Scarlet Witch but you can expect something to come to the surface pretty soon. For past stories on Avengers 2 check out our articles on Robert Downey Jr and the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

Sources: Total Film, CBM, ComingSoon, Geek Tyrant, MTV

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