OK, so lots to get through here after a massive Marvel Comic-Con panel. We have a video of Joss Whedon discussing his plans for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus an easy to read break down of the key points courtesy of Variety, we have Marvel President Kevin Feige talking about Vin Diesel’s recent rumours of becoming a Marvel character, and finally a short clip from the latest Marvel One-Shot ‘Agent Carter’ video! Phew, lets get cracking shall we!
Here is a list of the key points from Joss Whedon’s interview at Comic-Con:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next up is the ongoing rumour, created by Vin Diesel, that he will have a big announcement at the end of the month regarding his meeting with Marvel a few weeks back. Diesel teased fans by announcing on Facebook that he was having a meeting with Marvel, he then said it went well, and posted a photo of himself next to a comic cover. The photo sparked rumours that he was cleverly indicating which character he might be playing, as Giant Man was prominent in the image. However, according to Marvel President Kevin Feige, that meeting hadn’t actually taken place at that particular time.
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Feige said: ” Well, here’s what I will tell you about Vin,” Feige said. “And I’ll be very honest with you. We did a press day on the ‘Captain America’ set last week or something. The very first question was, ‘So how did the meeting with Vin Diesel go?” I went, “Here’s the funny thing, it hasn’t happened yet. It happens at 3 p.m. today.’ And they went, ‘Oh, really?’ And it did and he came by and met. So, I’ll say two things: One, there’s nothing to announce with Vin. Vin is an amazing guy and an amazing personality.”
Diesel continued to play on the Marvel meeting during his Riddick panel at Comic-Con, saying “It’s the one thing I’m not supposed to talk about … there is some very big news coming at the end of this month … Poor Marvel”
Feige responded to this saying “It’s so far ahead it may not even exist” Note that Feige chose to say “may not EVEN exist”, so this could mean that there might be something brewing that can’t be talked about just yet?
Feige continued: “So, there’s nothing to announce. But, I love Vin and he’s an amazing personality. Look how much attention he’s gotten for a meeting. He’s incredibly shrewd.”
And then finished off with what could be a possible hint, or could be nothing at all: “Could someday we do a ‘Luke Cage: Hero for Hire’ in that kind of vein. Totally,” he said.
Finally, a new clip has been released for the latest Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter series, and you will find the clip below. The latest short is said to be appearing as a bonus feature on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release.
Picking up where the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER left off, “Agent Carter” tracks British operative Peggy Carter (THE FIRST AVENGER’s Hayley Atwell) as she joins the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. As she searches for the enigmatic “Zodiac” key, Agent Carter also battles her sexist, bureaucratic boss, Agent Flynn (THE WEST WING’s Bradley Whitford), who thinks women have no place in the secret-agent business.
Co-starring Dominic Cooper (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) as Howard Stark, “Agent Carter” is the fourth entry in the fan-favorite “Marvel One-Shot”Short Film Series, which exists within the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.