If you’re a superhero fan and you’re not hyped for Avengers: Age of Ultron yet, I don’t know what else to tell you. Marvel has done a fantastic job of building a tidal wave of anticipation for the film and looking at the insane levels of success they’ve had since the first Avengers movie came out in 2012 (we’re looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy), Age of Ultron isn’t going to disappoint.
So, because we do these things so you don’t have to, we’ve gathered everything we know (and what we think we know) in one place for your convenience. Please keep in mind that a good majority of this (aside from the obvious stuff, like the casting) has yet to be confirmed or denied, so everything should be taken with a Joss Whedon-sized grain of salt.
Also, preliminary warning:
This article contains news and rumors that could/may/probably will/should be treated as though they will spoil parts of the movie. Read ahead at your own risk.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get down to business.
Who’s going to be in Age of Ultron?
We’ll get the preliminary question out of the way first. Have there been any sudden, controversial cast changes? Not on your life. Everyone you’ve come to love from the standalone Marvel flicks leading up to this is reprising their character. Below is the full cast list, which includes one actor playing a yet-to-be-disclosed character.
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
- Lou Ferrigno as the voice of the Hulk
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
- Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision
- Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
- Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
- Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig
- James Spader as Ultron
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
- Kim Soo Hyun as Dr. Helen Cho
- Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson
- Idris Elba as Heimdall
- Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
- Stan Lee as a to-be-confirmed cameo character
- Julie Delpy as a to-be-confirmed character
- Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton
- Henry Goodman as Doctor List
Thanos is going to make an appearance
Anyone who thought Marvel might have gotten too caught up with the excitement of Ultron to remember Thanos is kidding themselves.
While Thanos is confirmed to be appearing in the movie, don’t expect him to hog the spotlight. As director Joss Whedon himself has stated:
“We have to stay grounded. It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It’s science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He’s always been the overlord of villainy & darkness”.
Captain America may wield Thor’s Hammer in battle against Ultron
Of all of the Avengers, it makes sense that the virtuous American hero Steve Rogers would be the one to prove himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir.
In the footage shown at Comic-Con, Captain America, while not able to fully lift it, is shown to be the only Avenger aside from Thor who can move Mjolnir, which is an incredible feat in and of itself since the hammer is typically unmovable by all those that it deems unworthy and we’ve only ever seen Thor himself wield it in battle.
That said, it would be pretty spectacular to see Cap lift and wield the deadly power of Mjolnir defending his comrades in battle against Ultron.
The Avengers will be their own team; S.H.I.E.L.D.’s status will be addressed
One of the major questions heading into Avengers: Age of Ultron was if the movie was going to contain crossover material from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. It didn’t take long for us to find out that it was.
The second obvious question stemming from this was the status of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how it would factor into the movie, given S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dissolution in Captain America: Winter Soldier and its subsequent “rebooting” on the TV series.
In Age of Ultron, it sounds like the Avengers will be playing for a different team; specifically, their own. On top of that, there are rumors that, at some point in the movie, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s “off the books” resurrection in the hands of Phil Coulson will be addressed.
We’ll be seeing Agent Peggy Carter again (at least for a few minutes)
Another sign that Age of Ultron will be pulling out all the stops is the news that the lovely Hayley Atwell will be reprising her role as Agent Peggy Carter for a noteworthy 1940’s flashback scene with Steve Rogers that takes place in the Rivoli Ballroom in London, England.
Ultron is after Vibranium. Lots and lots of Vibranium
For those who aren’t aware (and I already gave you a big warning at the beginning of this article), Ultron is actually Tony Stark’s creation.
As anyone who has ever watched a science-fiction movie or TV show before can tell you, sentient AI/cyborgs/robots/computers/artificial lifeforms are almost universally bad juju for Planet Earth.
In this case, Ultron is born into the world possessing all of Tony Stark’s brilliance and cynicism but none of his compassion, and very quickly comes to the conclusion that (duh) humans are the single biggest threat to the safety of the world and the eradication of the human race is priority numero uno.
Because Ultron is entirely self-aware and able to think for himself, he quickly strategizes (after presumably testing the Avengers initially) that the easiest way to help ensure his survival in a scuffle with a bunch of badass super beings is to coat himself in Vibranium, one of the hardest metals known to mankind and the same material that Captain America’s legendary shield is made out of.
What’s been debunked?
Before we bring this to a close, click through to Page 2 to see some of the rumors surrounding Age of Ultron that have been debunked.