The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- What Vulture Knows (and What They Think They Know)



This year's Comic-Con lasted several days, but it's a scant two minutes that has had everyone talking since. At the end of Marvel's stuffed-to-the-gills panel at Hall H, director Joss Whedon came onstage to present a teaser and title for his sequel to The Avengers, officially revealing the film's name to be The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But what does that mean? Who's Ultron? And what else do we know about the sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time, which begins shooting next year for a May 1, 2015 release date? Below, we've gathered all the hard news we can on the film — much of it straight from Whedon himself — as well as the hints and speculation that have got us guessing. You've got almost two years to wait until we get Age of Ultron, so it's time to start studying up.


WHAT WE DEFINITELY KNOW


The Captain America sequel will heavily foreshadow Age of Ultron.


All of the individual Marvel movies will set the stage for Age of Ultron in some way, but expect the strongest tease from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out next spring. "[It] has narrative elements that tie directly to Avengers 2," Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo told Slashfilm. "I think, and Kevin [Feige] has said this, it’s as big of a bridge of any of the Phase 2 movies from Avengers to Avengers 2. There’s a significant shift in the universe at the end of this movie."

Agent Coulson won't appear in it.


Clark Gregg's beloved S.H.I.E.L.D. agent died at the hands of Loki in the first Avengers installment ... and yet, he'll be mysteriously revived to star in the upcoming TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Still, don't expect Coulson to drop in on his former friends to spill the good news. "Right now it's not something I'm pursuing because I have so much going on in Avengers 2," said Whedon. "Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie."

But you'll be seeing much more of Hawkeye.


Much to Jeremy Renner's displeasure, Hawkeye spent most of the first Avengers movie in a fugue state; the result is that after two movie appearances, he's still the Avenger we know the least about. That will soon change, according to Whedon. "Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye," said Whedon. "He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowl-y for most of the movie, so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys."




WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW



Tony Stark might be Ultron's new creator.


In the teaser video that accompanied Marvel's announcement of the Age of Ultron title, we saw a sequence where Tony Stark's Iron Man helmet is pounded, beaten, and warped into a new shape: Ultron's metal visage. When taken in concert with Whedon's statement that the new Ultron origin story "comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about," it's easy to assume that Stark will take Pym's place as the unwitting creator of the robotic Ultron. After all, who knows more about creating fearsome metal foes than the man who amassed a whole army of them in Iron Man 3?



Vin Diesel may be joining Age of Ultron.


The canny Fast and Furious star has been hinting like crazy that he scored a big Marvel role; at Comic-Con, he told attendees that an announcement could be made in the next month. Assuming that Diesel is on the level, there are three likely possibilities here: (1) Diesel is joining the cast of the currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy, since that Marvel movie has yet to announce who will be playing key characters Thanos and Rocket Racoon, (2) Diesel is getting his own Marvel film, or (3) He's coming onboard the Avengers sequel. One actor who seems less than thrilled by the prospect of Diesel in Age of Ultron? His former xXx co-star Samuel L. Jackson, who reacted to the potential casting with withering silence in an MTV interview.



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And none for the Justice League, bye!





But my only question is: what will the Avengers end up eating for their victory chowtime after defeating Ultron in the sequel? Sushi? Pizza? Tacos? Kebabs? Cronuts? Joss Whedon, just please let me know so I can pretend I'm that delicious piece of food being stuffed into Chris Hemsworth's sexy and hungry mouth...
What do you think, Avengers of ONTD?