Marvel's Kevin Feige Talks 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' and Villains
Big news came from Marvel's Comic-Con panel over the weekend (watch the whole panel here) with director Joss Whedon revealed the title for the sequel to 2012's smash hit The Avengers. With a villain mentioned that made loyal comic book fans go wild, the title for the 2015 release is The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Following the reveal, theories swirled, especially around the character Dr. Hank Pym, the man who would go on to become Ant-Man (a Phase Three title) and inadvertent creator of the bad guy Ultron. However, Whedon has debunked any single comic book storyline as their inspiration, including the most recent series from which the film's title has been borrowed. Now Marvel's Kevin Feige is chiming in on the title as well.
As has already been indicated, Feige clears up any confusion about the title in an interview with Empire:
It’s not that [run's] story, but it’s that title. It’s been in the works for seven or eight months. There are some things in this movie, that you’ll see in 2015, that arise directly from casual conversations Joss and I had on the set of the first one. ‘Would it be cool if…?’ ‘That would be cool!’….We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appeared, and that’s a great title. 'Age Of Ultron' is a great title. We had a few other ‘of Ultrons’, but that was the best one. So we’re borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines.
So that means there isn't one single storyline from any previous comic book series informing the sequel. With that known, there's an interesting theory that has been circulating online. When Ultron first appeared in the late 60s, he used a brainwashed Edwin Jarvis, the butler of Tony Stark, in plans to take down The Avengers. Remember that Ultron is a living automaton who developed self-awareness and intelligence, turned on his creator and evolved into a supervillain. What's really interesting is that Feige has confirmed that the teaser video which revealed the title for The Avengers sequel indeed featured the helmet of Iron Man being slammed into the helmet of Ultron. Do you see what we're getting at? Perhaps Stark inadvertently creates Ultron by making some modifications to J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) and the assistant goes rogue.
Either way, Feige hints that Ultron might not be the only bad guy giving The Avengers trouble. Without giving anything away (and acknowledging Loki's strong presence in the trailer and footage shown for Thor: The Dark World), Feige says, "We think Loki could be the big bad for us, for a long time." So it doesn't sound like Tom Hiddleston will be permanently dispatched with anytime soon. But again, what about Thanos? Feige already said the villain teased in the credits of The Avengers would appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, but he also notes the bumper was mostly just to let fans know that he's out there. Perhaps that means we'll be waiting for Thanos to really get into action until Phase Three.
Either way, Marvel just keeps making their cinematic universe more exciting, and with so much comic book mythology to draw from, not even fans can predict what will happen next. Hopefully some Phase Three announcements will be revealed at Disney's D23 Expo next month. At the very least, we'll learn what Vin Diesel will be doing with Marvel at the end of the month, and maybe we'll hear more about films like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange soon as well. Thoughts?