What some of us lose sight of is the actual film series, The Avengers, that started this whole craze in the first place. What about them, huh? Don't Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye get to come back for more and show these upstarts who is boss? Hell yeah they do, and they shall be unleashed next year in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We've gotten a small amount of images the last few weeks leading into this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and this weekend they showed a sprinkling of footage from the upcoming film.
Some of the images, like above, are pretty gnarly, and show what is at stake for our heroes. A minor SPOILER about the plot: Tony Stark creates a robot intelligence named Ultron in order to protect all of the Avengers from harm; the thought is, this robot can go out and kick some butt saving the world while the living beings stay out of harm's way. Ultron does their job so they can live safely. Sounds like a plan but we all know what the road to Hell is paved with. Needless to say, Ultron goes haywire and things go downhill from there.
The Comic-Con footage shows some more tidbits like the Hulk battling some Stark robots, a team of superheros attempting to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir (with Iron Man joking about what happens if he succeeds), and then Captain America's shield, which happens to be split in half. Ouch. What worked so well in The Avengers was the combination of humor, pathos, high stakes, and how well both the characters and actors worked together. It's really a great film that does everything right. I saw it three times in the theater and from what I'm seeing so far with Age of Ultron, it looks like part two will pick up right where the first one left off.
So what else should we expect from Age of Ultron? Any ideas of how else they might use this sequel as a springboard for other Marvel films? If we know anything, we know they are great about weaving various films together in a cohesive whole; this should be no different, right?