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Comic Con: The Marvel Panel! The title and villain for The Avengers sequel revealed!

Jul. 21, 2013by: Paul Shirey

After putting on yet another legendary panel, Marvel had one last ace up its sleeve before Hall H closed the doors on their feature film presentations with Marvel's Kevin Feige introducing director Joss Whedon onto the stage after the audience (myself included) literally begged for more. Whedon made his way quickly to the podium and with a sly smile said, "I know it's time to go and I don't have a lot to say. But, I do have something to add." And with that, Whedon exited the stage as the lights went dark and footage began to play.

The image of Iron Man's armor is seen in CGI very up close being smashed and destroyed, as if someone were taking a really big hammer to it. As the camera zooms around various pieces of the armor, the reflection of THE AVENGERS can be seen in various places, while the armor continues to be destroyed and a series of quotes from the various members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes play underneath. This builds to a slow and steady pull back reveal of the armor, which is now taking on a vary familiar and unmistakable shape: The head of Ultron.

Then, the title banner for the film is unveiled as THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, at which point the crowd went about as insane as they did when Zack Snyder introduced SUPERMAN/BATMAN as the next DC comics film. Now, when you're in a place like Hall H, people know who Ultron is and get the significance of this, especially when that cliffhanger in the first film showed Thanos. However, we've since learned that Thanos is going to play a bigger role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which leaves our schawarma-loving heroes plenty of time to tussle with another big-name baddie.

Ultron, for the uninitiated, was created in the comics by none other than Hank Pym/ANT-MAN, and after creating the superhero known as The Vision, becomes "self-aware" and rebels against Pym and THE AVENGERS, before ultimately being defeated. The title "Age of Ultron" however, comes from the recent 10-issue event series that recently wrapped. That story, however, involves a number of characters that Marvel does not own, especially Wolverine and Invisible Woman, who play significant roles in the event. It's likely that they're just using the title, because it fits whatever Ultron tale they're weaving. Either way, it's a bold direction, and one that die-hard fans have been hoping for.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is set to open on May 1, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: My guess? Thanos will fight The Avengers in the finale of Phase 3 in The Avengers: The Infinity Guantlet. Just my two pennies.
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2:41PM on 08/18/2013

why is ANT-MAN being made After AVENGERS 2??

"You would think that the ANT-MAN movie would lay the ground work for Ultron and The Vision. So why would they release it after AVENGERS 2. That makes no sense. That way THE AVENGERS film can focus on The Vision turning on Ultron. Just my two cents."
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i totally agree, and don't understand why they wouldn't have Pym's story in ANTMAN before AVENGERS 2... that way they'd be able to show his inventions, and Vision & Ultron's origins, and develop the precursor to where
"You would think that the ANT-MAN movie would lay the ground work for Ultron and The Vision. So why would they release it after AVENGERS 2. That makes no sense. That way THE AVENGERS film can focus on The Vision turning on Ultron. Just my two cents."
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i totally agree, and don't understand why they wouldn't have Pym's story in ANTMAN before AVENGERS 2... that way they'd be able to show his inventions, and Vision & Ultron's origins, and develop the precursor to where they wanna go with AGE OF ULTRON, but to have it after? i dunno... maybe they're going to relate to the recent story arc in the comics, by having it as Ultron traveling time from the future, and thus the Marvel Cinematic Universe AVENGERS need to defeat, and then afterwards, with ANT-MAN, we see how Ultron was created and where he came from...?? that's the only way i can see it making sense to have ANTMAN made afterwards... and it would also make the most sense, since the title for both the Avengers sequel, and the recent arc that just wrapped in the Marvel Comics Universe, it intimates the time-travelling Ultron from the future (or an alternate one, at least).... this is probably how it will all work out and be explained, im guessing, in my honest opinion....
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12:54AM on 07/22/2013

Fingers crossed

Better be better than the standard first Avengers film.
Better be better than the standard first Avengers film.
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11:17PM on 07/21/2013
I do not dig the title. Having the villain in the title is lame and makes it sound like a title for a videogame. They did it for the Captain America sequel and I was okay with that because it was pretty obvious that was where they were gonna go for the sequel but I had no idea ultron was going to be in avengers 2 so they could've been a little bit more creative to keep us guessing. some titles I would've been okay with: The Avengers Return, Avengers: Heroes United, or Avengers: Retaliation.
I do not dig the title. Having the villain in the title is lame and makes it sound like a title for a videogame. They did it for the Captain America sequel and I was okay with that because it was pretty obvious that was where they were gonna go for the sequel but I had no idea ultron was going to be in avengers 2 so they could've been a little bit more creative to keep us guessing. some titles I would've been okay with: The Avengers Return, Avengers: Heroes United, or Avengers: Retaliation.
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10:25PM on 07/21/2013
You would think that the ANT-MAN movie would lay the ground work for Ultron and The Vision. So why would they release it after AVENGERS 2. That makes no sense. That way THE AVENGERS film can focus on The Vision turning on Ultron. Just my two cents.
You would think that the ANT-MAN movie would lay the ground work for Ultron and The Vision. So why would they release it after AVENGERS 2. That makes no sense. That way THE AVENGERS film can focus on The Vision turning on Ultron. Just my two cents.
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2:39PM on 08/18/2013
i totally agree, and don't understand why they wouldn't have Pym's story in ANTMAN before AVENGERS 2... that way they'd be able to show his inventions, and Vision & Ultron's origins, and develop the precursor to where they wanna go with AGE OF ULTRON, but to have it after? i dunno... maybe they're going to relate to the recent story arc in the comics, by having it as Ultron traveling time from the future, and thus the Marvel Cinematic Universe AVENGERS need to defeat, and then afterwards, with
i totally agree, and don't understand why they wouldn't have Pym's story in ANTMAN before AVENGERS 2... that way they'd be able to show his inventions, and Vision & Ultron's origins, and develop the precursor to where they wanna go with AGE OF ULTRON, but to have it after? i dunno... maybe they're going to relate to the recent story arc in the comics, by having it as Ultron traveling time from the future, and thus the Marvel Cinematic Universe AVENGERS need to defeat, and then afterwards, with ANT-MAN, we see how Ultron was created and where he came from...?? that's the only way i can see it making sense to have ANTMAN made afterwards... and it would also make the most sense, since the title for both the Avengers sequel, and the recent arc that just wrapped in the Marvel Comics Universe, it intimates the time-travelling Ultron from the future (or an alternate one, at least).... this is probably how it will all work out and be explained, im guessing, in my honest opinion....
10:05PM on 07/21/2013
Geez no one even speculating if this means Henry Pym/Ant-Man will be in the Avengers 2 film (or has everyone forgotten who created Ultron?)
Got to face it, they'd really have to mess up to lose the goodwill from the first Avengers film.
Geez no one even speculating if this means Henry Pym/Ant-Man will be in the Avengers 2 film (or has everyone forgotten who created Ultron?)
Got to face it, they'd really have to mess up to lose the goodwill from the first Avengers film.
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7:29PM on 07/21/2013
I have no idea what to expect...

...but I trust Joss Whedon completely.
I have no idea what to expect...

...but I trust Joss Whedon completely.
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6:30PM on 07/21/2013

Fuck

Yes!
Yes!
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6:00PM on 07/21/2013

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I have a feeling they're gonna muddle the Infinity Gauntlet arc if they do decide to go that route. Hopefully they don't.
I have a feeling they're gonna muddle the Infinity Gauntlet arc if they do decide to go that route. Hopefully they don't.
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5:53PM on 07/21/2013

Vin Diesel...

as Vision maybe?? Summer 2015 is looking up
as Vision maybe?? Summer 2015 is looking up
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5:36PM on 07/21/2013
I don't understand where that picture came from. Was that released at Comic Con?
I don't understand where that picture came from. Was that released at Comic Con?
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6:49PM on 07/21/2013
The picture at the bottom is from a Sideshow statue of Ultron, put in for perspective. The logo was released by Marvel just after the reveal during the panel.
The picture at the bottom is from a Sideshow statue of Ultron, put in for perspective. The logo was released by Marvel just after the reveal during the panel.
7:37PM on 07/21/2013
Geeze, that's badass! Looks like a movie clip!
Geeze, that's badass! Looks like a movie clip!
4:46PM on 07/21/2013
Holy crap! My heart literally just started pounding, see that logo!
Holy crap! My heart literally just started pounding, see that logo!
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4:09PM on 07/21/2013

A man can dream . . . but what if . . .

What if Marvel is working a deal out to actually get Wolverine in Avengers 2? I don't know if it is just coincidence, but hasn't Hugh Jackman been mentioning that he'd love to be in an Avengers movie? What if he knows something we don't? What if Joss Weadon, who is probably one of, if not, the most devoted comic-book directors out there, wants to give every fanboy what they deserve and, somehow, finds a way to make this happen?

*sigh* I probably shouldn't be getting my hopes up.
What if Marvel is working a deal out to actually get Wolverine in Avengers 2? I don't know if it is just coincidence, but hasn't Hugh Jackman been mentioning that he'd love to be in an Avengers movie? What if he knows something we don't? What if Joss Weadon, who is probably one of, if not, the most devoted comic-book directors out there, wants to give every fanboy what they deserve and, somehow, finds a way to make this happen?

*sigh* I probably shouldn't be getting my hopes up.
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3:55PM on 07/21/2013

Cool

Really happy Ultron will be the villain. He is one of those great villains that exist in comics but never make it into e film versions because they don't have the crossover appeal of a Joker or Dr. Doom. Comic fans have been clamoring for a film version of Brainiac or Apocalypse or a not completely stupid Galactus for years to no avail. This choice scores one for the good guys (us) in terms of bad guys.

As others have pointed out, the scheduling seems a bit off if they plan to stick with
Really happy Ultron will be the villain. He is one of those great villains that exist in comics but never make it into e film versions because they don't have the crossover appeal of a Joker or Dr. Doom. Comic fans have been clamoring for a film version of Brainiac or Apocalypse or a not completely stupid Galactus for years to no avail. This choice scores one for the good guys (us) in terms of bad guys.

As others have pointed out, the scheduling seems a bit off if they plan to stick with verbatim comic book history, but whatever. Any issues with time and place can be managed easily with dialogue or exposition. This is another step in the right direction for the good folks at Marvel.
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6:36PM on 07/21/2013
Hopefully they don't fuck up Apocalypse in Days of Future Past. I'd be surprised if they don't have him in it in some capacity. If they wanna lay the groundwork for an X-Force movie, you have to have Cable, and with that you must bring in Apocalypse.
Hopefully they don't fuck up Apocalypse in Days of Future Past. I'd be surprised if they don't have him in it in some capacity. If they wanna lay the groundwork for an X-Force movie, you have to have Cable, and with that you must bring in Apocalypse.
12:43PM on 07/21/2013
Very cool, but no comments on the Guardians of the Galaxy?
Very cool, but no comments on the Guardians of the Galaxy?
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6:37PM on 07/21/2013
I'm surprised they haven't announced who's doing the voice for Rocket Raccoon yet.
I'm surprised they haven't announced who's doing the voice for Rocket Raccoon yet.
12:23PM on 07/21/2013
Now this was a surprise! Totally thought Thanos would be the villain, but where do you go from there? Ultron is a ruthless villain and I couldn't be more excited for this smashing film! Also, The Avengers: The Infinity Gauntlet would be a great title for the third!
Now this was a surprise! Totally thought Thanos would be the villain, but where do you go from there? Ultron is a ruthless villain and I couldn't be more excited for this smashing film! Also, The Avengers: The Infinity Gauntlet would be a great title for the third!
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10:50AM on 07/21/2013

Well...

Well, we know what Marvel wanted with Vin Diesel now.
Well, we know what Marvel wanted with Vin Diesel now.
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11:42AM on 07/21/2013
The character doesn't even have a human face though, does it? I don't see why they would need Diesel for this role.
The character doesn't even have a human face though, does it? I don't see why they would need Diesel for this role.
12:00PM on 07/21/2013
Because who else knows how to voice robots better than the iron Giant himself?
Because who else knows how to voice robots better than the iron Giant himself?
12:02PM on 07/21/2013
Well but Ultron does need a menacing voice, doesn't he? Wouldn't surprise me If that is what they want Vin for...
Well but Ultron does need a menacing voice, doesn't he? Wouldn't surprise me If that is what they want Vin for...
2:53PM on 07/21/2013
Yeah. Voice and MoCap is what I was thinking. Unless of course they hand him the role of Vision.
Yeah. Voice and MoCap is what I was thinking. Unless of course they hand him the role of Vision.
3:00PM on 07/21/2013
Not sure if you are mentioning Ultron of The Vision, The vision is more likely as there were quite a few rumors a few months ago that Vin Diesel was begging to play him.
Not sure if you are mentioning Ultron of The Vision, The vision is more likely as there were quite a few rumors a few months ago that Vin Diesel was begging to play him.
11:05AM on 07/22/2013
I was just musing that it could be one or the other. Either seems to fit.
I was just musing that it could be one or the other. Either seems to fit.
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10:32AM on 07/21/2013
So glad they're going with Ultron in the next film!!! My anticipation for this film just went up a 100 meters. Avengers fighting Ultron! A batman/superman film! A xforce film and a justice leauge dark film in the works! This is an exciting time for any comic book fans!
So glad they're going with Ultron in the next film!!! My anticipation for this film just went up a 100 meters. Avengers fighting Ultron! A batman/superman film! A xforce film and a justice leauge dark film in the works! This is an exciting time for any comic book fans!
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10:27AM on 07/21/2013

Yawn. I'll get excited once a better than average film is released.

Joss Whedon could have shown up with buckets of horse crap with cut up $100 dollar bills in it and chucked the whole thing at the audience and they would've still gone insane with love for him and The Avengers.
Joss Whedon could have shown up with buckets of horse crap with cut up $100 dollar bills in it and chucked the whole thing at the audience and they would've still gone insane with love for him and The Avengers.
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10:20AM on 07/21/2013
If they are saving Thanos and the Infinity Gems for Avengers 3, presumably, I think it would have made more sense for Ant-man to be BEFORE Avengers 2 (he'll, it should have been before Avengers 1), and GotG to be AFTER Avengers 2. Unless they drastically change Ultron and his origin. After the Mandarin fiasco, I guess anything is possible.

Also, I know they can't adapt the actual recent "Age of Ultron" arc, but what is with Marvel and using all these semi-current stories for the films
If they are saving Thanos and the Infinity Gems for Avengers 3, presumably, I think it would have made more sense for Ant-man to be BEFORE Avengers 2 (he'll, it should have been before Avengers 1), and GotG to be AFTER Avengers 2. Unless they drastically change Ultron and his origin. After the Mandarin fiasco, I guess anything is possible.

Also, I know they can't adapt the actual recent "Age of Ultron" arc, but what is with Marvel and using all these semi-current stories for the films (this, Winter Soldier, Extremis, Planet Hulk "rumor/idea", etc.)? I think the comic fans know everything, so they don't care, and the casual moviegoers know nothing, so they don't care. I wish they went in rough order of the 616 timeline.

I'm telling you, if they end up doing some bullshit, in-name-only, nuetered, half-assed Civil War story in Phase 4, that'd be the last straw. That should be some 5 movie arc, in Phase 50, 200 years from now. AFTER Marvel gets the rights back to every single one of their characters, AFTER they've adapted and used them to their absolute and fullest extent, and AFTER they have the balls to faithfully and fully adapt the story.

But yeah, I hope this movie is good.
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9:49AM on 07/21/2013
I think I just filled a cup
I think I just filled a cup
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9:33AM on 07/21/2013
I'm a loyal DC fan but this....this panel was worth standing in line for ten freaking hours to see. Giant ball of lightning, Tom Hiddleston in full Loki regalia (well, sans helmet) appears on stage and berates Hall H...incredible. The energy was through the roof and all the footage looked very, very good. I've gotta say, I'm totally excited for Guardians of the Galaxy. It's really early days as they've only been shooting for two weeks, but the sizzle reel they put together was phenomenal.
I'm a loyal DC fan but this....this panel was worth standing in line for ten freaking hours to see. Giant ball of lightning, Tom Hiddleston in full Loki regalia (well, sans helmet) appears on stage and berates Hall H...incredible. The energy was through the roof and all the footage looked very, very good. I've gotta say, I'm totally excited for Guardians of the Galaxy. It's really early days as they've only been shooting for two weeks, but the sizzle reel they put together was phenomenal. Rocket Raccoon looked darn near perfect, Drax looked darn near perfect, same for Groot and Chris Pratt was hilarious...and by the time that final announcement for Age of Ultron was made, everybody's brains were like melting all over. It was incredible.

I also like what Joe and Anthony Russo said about Captain America The Winter Soldier being inspired in tone by 70s political thrillers, and that it was great to have Robert Redford in the film as he's been in so many iconic ones.
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9:21AM on 07/21/2013

This is exciting!

I'm glad Whedon avoided using Thanos for the sequel and instead opted for someone just as villainous and threatening. Ultron introduces the inevitability of Vision coming which I have a feeling is who Vin Diesel will be playing.
I'm glad Whedon avoided using Thanos for the sequel and instead opted for someone just as villainous and threatening. Ultron introduces the inevitability of Vision coming which I have a feeling is who Vin Diesel will be playing.
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8:31AM on 07/21/2013
I'm so dizzy right now...think I'm gonna faint...Batman / Superman... Walking Dead ...this. Probably not the greatest time to be fasting ....oooo ...aahh .. I think I'm fal.... **thud ***
I'm so dizzy right now...think I'm gonna faint...Batman / Superman... Walking Dead ...this. Probably not the greatest time to be fasting ....oooo ...aahh .. I think I'm fal.... **thud ***
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8:10AM on 07/21/2013
Just wish we got some more concrete news about Doctor Strange and Ant-Man. Casting, trailer, etc. Anything!
Just wish we got some more concrete news about Doctor Strange and Ant-Man. Casting, trailer, etc. Anything!
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9:19AM on 07/21/2013
Doctor Strange isn't making his way until potentially 2016, we have plenty of time.
Doctor Strange isn't making his way until potentially 2016, we have plenty of time.
8:09AM on 07/21/2013
I like the choice of villain for the sequel. I guess they're saving the best for last in Thanos for Avengers 3. It should be a blast though seeing the Avengers fight Ultron this time around.

The logo and title is pretty cool too. Like the color.
I like the choice of villain for the sequel. I guess they're saving the best for last in Thanos for Avengers 3. It should be a blast though seeing the Avengers fight Ultron this time around.

The logo and title is pretty cool too. Like the color.
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8:07AM on 07/21/2013
My anticipation is probably highest for GotG now. Ultron created Vision, not Hank Pym. No?
My anticipation is probably highest for GotG now. Ultron created Vision, not Hank Pym. No?
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7:53AM on 07/21/2013
I must apologize for I don't read comics but I love the superheroes in them and I'm super stoked for this coz I have no clue as to what's about to happen. Long live superhero films.
I must apologize for I don't read comics but I love the superheroes in them and I'm super stoked for this coz I have no clue as to what's about to happen. Long live superhero films.
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12:53PM on 07/21/2013
This means that Antman will be showing up, also the Vision is not far behind. Ultron is like the Brainiac versian of Marvel villians.
This means that Antman will be showing up, also the Vision is not far behind. Ultron is like the Brainiac versian of Marvel villians.
7:47AM on 07/21/2013
Does this mean the creating Vision will be storyline of Antman???
Does this mean the creating Vision will be storyline of Antman???
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