I have no doubt that Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be a fantastic movie, but I’m still sort of shocked by how little attention it’s getting in comparison with Star Wars. I realize that Episode VII is the first time we’ll have a new Star Wars movie in years, and that it’s the story everyone’s been waiting on since before the prequels came into existence, but at the same time, Age of Ultron destroyed at Comic-Con and it’s the sequel to one of the highest grossing films of all time! Eh, maybe it’s just me. I’m sure excitement will ramp up as we head into next summer.
One of the film’s sure-to-be-showstopping sequences involves Tony Stark suiting up in Hulkbuster armor and battling Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Naturally, fans are curious about this titanic match-up, so Empire asked both Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon about it in a recent interview.
Feige: Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers. We unveiled a poster [at Comic-Con] which is nothing but Ultron after Ultron after Ultron clawing at the beginning to defeat all of our Avengers. That’s what a lot of this movie is about.
Whedon: [Age of Ultron is] more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific [than the first Avengers film]. Ultron…he’s got a touch of the apocalypse in him.
The Hulkbuster is from after my time [as a reader], but even I knew what a big deal it was. It makes sense because there’s no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me.
I can’t wait to see how that particular fight ends up. Additionally, the outlet also has a good look at Jeremy Renner in a new Hawkeye costume. I know Renner wasn’t thrilled about what he was given in the first Avengers film, so hopefully he and Whedon have worked something out to get the character a bit more involved in the sequel. It certainly looks like the writer/director is giving him a couple of tips on how to shoot that bow and arrow, so we’ll see how it all plays out on May 1st, 2015.
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