Summer of Sequels: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Last year The Avengers, or rather Avengers Assemble as it’s know to us Brits, was released and to no-ones surprise was a huge success! The idea was simple enough, bring together the biggest Marvel superheroes as a team to battle a mutual enemy. The story has been seen through the comics for years, but transferring it to the big screen was to be a real challenge. Luckily for us, Joss Whedon took on the challenge and ended up bringing in over $1.5 billion worldwide! You can check out my full review here.

With so many characters, Avengers could have gone one of two ways; be absolutely awful or absolutely brilliant – this is definitely the latter. Whedon keeps you entertained from the very beginning, allowing each of the characters equal screen time, letting you learn about the well established characters as well as introducing you to the new ones. With the original being so popular, it was certain to have a sequel that will introduce us the wider Marvel universe.

As we now know, The Avengers was simply the end of the first phase of films from Marvel and The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to be the end of the second phase. So far, we don’t know all that much about the Avengers sequel. Although the title suggests that the film will be following the story arc from the popular “Age of Ultron” miniseries, Whedon suggested otherwise at Comic Con earlier this year: “We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron….We were crafting our own version of it where [Ultron’s] own origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about. The other thing is in the origin story there was Hank Pym (Ant-Man), so a lot of people assumed he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.”

Along with the story, characters are being kept tightly under wraps. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson and Mark Ruffalo will be reprising their roles, while other roles are only rumoured. At the moment it’s reported that Elizabeth Olsen is in talks with Marvel to play Scarlett Witch.

It may be quite early to make a prediction, but I suspect that The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the most successful film of the Summer of Sequels, bringing in over $1 billion. What do you think?

Edit: Just a quick note to say, James Spader has been announced to play Ultron! Opinions?

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