In case Marvel didn’t already have you excited enough for their space-faring epic Guardians of the Galaxy (which is out later this month), they have unveiled a first look at the upcoming sequel to 2012’s hulk-smash hit, Avengers Assemble. Entitled Avengers: Age of Ultron, the film will take place after this second sequence of movies (i.e. Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, etc.) and will most likely deal with the political fallout from the latest Captain America feature.
The second Avengers film will see Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) return to face off against a new threat, namely the titular mechanical villain ‘Ultron’ (voiced by James Spader). The film is directed by Joss Whedon. Rejoining the Avengers for their second team-up outing are Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and James ‘Iron Patriot’ Rhodes (Don Cheadle) who will aid in the fight against Ultron and his hordes of machines. Thanos, who was teased in a mid-credits scene from Avengers Assemble, will be portrayed by Josh Brolin, and Paul Bettany (known for his role throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe as J.A.R.V.I.S.) will be giving screen life to The Vision. Other newcomers include Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as his biological twin, Scarlet Witch.
Whedon has described Age of Ultron (which takes its name from one of the Marvel comics) has being inspired by well-known sequels such as The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II, and promises that ‘death will play a major role’ in it. The film will be released in the UK next April, with a North America release shortly after.