Marvel is just winning all over the place this week. Fans (and likely the studio heads) of the comic book publisher/movie studio cheered when the ridiculous box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy were reported on Monday; they cheered even more uproariously when Warner Bros. flinched with respect to the release date of Batman v. Superman, which was also held by Marvel’s Captain America 3 until yesterday when WB decided to change dates. Still, with all of this excitement, Joss Whedon managed to up the still take it to the next level with this simple tweet:
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 6, 2014
That’s right. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron has officially wrapped! Of course, there is plenty of post-production work to get done before the main even hits theaters on May 1, 2015, but the footage that was shown during the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year looked absolutely wonderful and polished, so the end may be a bit closer than it appears.
The Avengers hit theaters back in 2012 and the superhero event grossed about $1.51 billion worldwide, becoming the third highest grossing movie of all time. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that a sequel would follow but, almost as a rule, sequels aren’t as good as their predecessor. Marvel has managed to work around this rut by deciding not to make a “sequel”, per se, but another chapter in a story that has been told ever since 2008’s Iron Man hit theaters. By keeping the heroes of The Avengers in the spotlight on a continuous basis and constantly expanding the universe in which they live, Marvel is giving fans exactly what they want: a comic book story arc told on film.
The movie will follow the team from the first Avengers movie, i.e., Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as they battle against new AI robot baddie, Ultron (voiced by James Spader). In addition to the returning team, audiences will also get some new heroes in the form of Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), as well as welcoming comic book favorite Vision (Paul Bettany) into the fold. On a side note, fans are curious to see exactly how Quicksilver will be portrayed by Taylor-Johnson, considering Evan Peters became an instant fan favorite with his portrayal of the character in this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Peters truly played the part to perfection, though the character took some definite left turns from his comic book counterpart.
Joss always has something to keep him busy, so don’t feel too badly for him now that Ultron has wrapped. In fact, hopefully one of the things that will be keeping him busy is investing his time in continuing his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Man Behind the Curtain; the man who knows where the story is going and is helping other filmmakers get there. We won’t have an official trailer for a while but once it does hit, there is no doubt it will cause a furor of Hulk-like proportions.