In August it was announced that filming on The Avengers: Age of Ultron had officially wrapped production and was consequently going into post-production. Subsequently, everyone went bat-shit crazy (11,000,000 people viewed the trailer in the space of seventeen hours) after viewing the fantastically, haunting two-minute teaser trailer which – in what was a touch of genius – had James Spader‘s Ultron eerily speaking alongside the song “I’ve Got Know Strings To Hold Me Down,” ending with the lines: “I had stings, but now I’m free …there are no strings, on me.” However, now it seems there is still some work left to do come the beginning of the New Year.
Apparently some members of the cast have been asked to keep their diaries free for a two-week period in January for some reshoots. Usually when we hear the word reshoot, it is usually synonymous with all-things-bad for the film in subject. This can lead to rumors – sometimes true – of studio head being unhappy with rough-cut, to test audiences reactions being rather underwhelming, or even script tweaks. Fortunately this does not seem to be the case with Age of Ultron, as Marvel chief Kevin Feige stipulated in an interview on AMC Movie Talk that this is part of the built in formula now – i.e. they always finish their productions in plenty of time to garner a rough edit, thusly, gauging if there is anything else the needed after the bulk of the footage has been put together. For example, this happened with Thor: The Dark World. So, we don’t think (…well at least we are hoping), that this is just a Marvel protocol now.
It was The Daily Mail (otherwise knows as The Daily Rag), that reported the re-shoots, and listed specific cast members who have to keep the schedules open for reshoots will be taking place in London:
Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Tom Hiddleston (bad-guy Loki) have all been asked to make themselves available over a two-week period in January to film additional scenes at Pinewood Studios.
As we stated above, it sounds like pretty run-of-the-mill stuff here. It makes sense that James Spader hasn’t been called back as his duties were mainly voice-overs, and the filming that was required of him must have sufficed. The same goes with Chris Evans. Though, funnily enough, some websites are reporting that his omission could be due to him being toe-tagged and six feat under, …but this is not logistically possible as Evans goes into production for Captain America: Civil War early next year. The only other possible explanation for his omission could be that Captain America is out of commission which would link in with Civil War. There is even the possibility that Captain America walks his own path for a while, leaving the group to head in another direction.
Furthermore, Spader being absent indicates that the reshoots are most likely for the post credit tag; possibly setting up a sequence that will lead into Thor: Ragnarok. The fact that Tom Hiddleston (Loki) has been called in makes the whole Thor-post-credit theory all the more plausible as he doesn’t really have any other reason for being in the second installment of the franchise. Hiddleston could also have a cameo in the film which ultimately leads to Thor leaving the group, thusly, setting up the scene for the third installment of Thor. Either way, the endgame is the same. This is all merely conjecture on our part of course, so you can take from this what you wish to.
It’s a guessing game at the moment and these reshoots could either have a significant impact on the film, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, or they could merely be small tidy-ups. Until there is more information or a leak on what exactly goes down in the reshoots, speculation will continue to run rampant on thee olde interwebs. Maybe we won’t find out anything until we go to watch the film when it’s released (yay, …no spoilers!). Feel free to pitch in with your thought, and even share them with us (as it’s always nice to hear from you…).
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released on May 1, 2015.