Avengers: Age of Ultron is out next year and we’re slowly but surely finding out more about it. We know who the people behind the scenes are, we know the established stars are back, we’ve established that there are a whole host of new characters set to appear, we know Ultron’s attack effects the entire planet and we have a small idea about what Ultron is going to look like – other than that, we’re pretty much in the dark.
It stands to be the biggest comic book movie ever thanks to an enormous budget and a truly huge ensemble cast and, consequently, the intrigue and expectation from fans is huge. As a result, there are a number of glaring questions that we still need answering before our heads explode with excitement and anticipation.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the unanswered questions that we can’t wait to find out more about. Here are the thirteen biggest questions we want answered regarding Avengers: Age of Ultron…
Warning: There will be spoilers from the past movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this article (including the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier), so do not read on if you would prefer not to see them.
10. Will It Link In With Guardians Of The Galaxy At All?
Guardians of the Galaxy is released this August and, at present, it looks like it will be the closest thing to a standalone movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.
Of course, it will ultimately have links to the wider universe – most likely in the form of Thanos, who has only made an extremely brief appearance so far – but there has been nothing in any movies so far that has made even the slightest reference to any of the main characters in the space movie.
So, with Age of Ultron being the movie that follows Guardians of the Galaxy, will there be any links between the two? Could Ultron be space-based tech? Could he lead an army of alien robots (like he did with the Phalanx in the comic books) who first appear in this movie? Could we get our first glimpse of Ultron in a mid-credits or post-credits scene in “Guardians”? Only time will tell.
9. What Will S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Situation Be?
When the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie finished, S.H.I.E.L.D. was essentially no more. At best it could be described as being in complete disarray – even if it does continue to function as an organisation there will always be the worries about which agents are actually working for HYDRA undercover.
It seemed like such a strange thing to happen, given that the television series about S.H.I.E.L.D (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is still ongoing and it will obviously have massive implications on the show, but what kind of state will S.H.I.E.L.D. be in come the time of Avengers: Age of Ultron’s release?
Nick Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye are all set to appear, as is Captain America – all of whom are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents – but will they be working for S.H.I.E.L.D. or will they be working independently from the troubled organisation? Some recent shots from the set have shown Hawkeye in a uniform that doesn’t bear the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, but we will have to wait to find out exactly what that means (if anything).
7. How Did Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Get Their Powers?
Thor is an Asgardian demi-god, Iron Man wears a suit of powered armour, Captain America took part in a super-soldier experiment and Hulk was exposed to large amounts of gamma radiation – that is how the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have gained their extraordinary powers and abilities so far. But what about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver?
These guys are very unique, it would seem. In the comic books, they are mutants, but “mutant” is a term that Marvel Studios aren’t allowed to use, due to Fox having the rights to it, and “miracles” has been touted as the potential alternative to be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But are they humans who were simply born with an extra gene? Were they subjected to experiments? Or did Loki’s staff – as seen in the possession of Baron Strucker in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier mid-credits scene – have something to do with the granting of their powers, given that Strucker suggested it had more potential than people previously thought?
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how these characters are portrayed and what the source of their powers are, given the unique interpretation of them that Marvel Studios are having to create.
5. Will Falcon Be Appearing?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great movie and, therefore, it says a lot about the character that the introduction of Sam Wilson AKA Falcon was one of the highlights of it. His friendship with Captain America was charming and his action scenes were thrilling and it left the audience wanting to see more of him.
At the end of the film – having had a “final battle” of sorts himself with Brock Rumlow – he headed off with Captain America to find the Winter Soldier, stating that he would happily follow Cap wherever he went. One can only assume that this means we’ll be seeing more of him. The question is does this mean he’s going to be a new member of the Avengers?
The heroic team’s roster is expanding rapidly: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye are already members, Ant-Man will no doubt join after his movie is released, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are set to join in Age of Ultron, War Machine will probably join at some point (perhaps in this movie – we’ll get to that in a moment) and Doctor Strange will likely join after he was name-dropped in the Winter Soldier. Surely Falcon won’t be left out?
1. Who Created Ultron?
Ever since last year’s San Diego Comic-Con – when it was first announced that the sequel to the hugely successful Avengers movie would be subtitled “Age of Ultron” (with James Spader later being cast in the role of the robot villain, nonetheless) – the questions about Ultron’s potential origins have been rife.
The first teaser trailer gave very little away and subsequent information that has leaked or been released has failed to provide any information regarding the character’s creator.
One thing we do know is that Hank Pym – Ultron’s creator in the comics – is not the man responsible for his creation in the movie. So who the heck is? Could it be A.I.M. or HYDRA – two organisations responsible for high-tech weaponry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far? Could it be a S.H.I.E.L.D. (who have, of course, been infiltrated by HYDRA) invention gone wrong? Could he be a magic creation, given the fact that the likes of Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Could he be a Tony Stark creation gone rogue? Or could he even have space origins, given that the upcoming movie – and the one directly preceding Age of Ultron – is Guardians of the Galaxy?
The fact is, we don’t currently know, but it’s definitely the biggest question that we have about this movie at this point.
Calling it now Falcon is going to come and save the day in Avengers 2.