We still have a little under a year to go before the highly anticipated Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters, but before we’ve seen a frame of footage, it appears that plenty of plot details from the pic have already landed online. Thus far, we really don’t know much about writer/director Joss Whedon’s follow-up. The villain is Ultron (played by James Spader), he presumably does bad things, the Avengers must assemble, and Hydra will likely play some role in the film. However, a new report that has been corroborated by a couple of other outlets purportedly reveals the events that occur in the first 20 minutes of the movie.
Though much of what is revealed here will likely be spoiled by the marketing campaign for the film (we saw plenty of the third act from The Avengers in the trailers), if you want to remain completely fresh, turn back now. This is your official SPOILER WARNING. Read the Avengers 2 spoilers at your own risk after the jump.
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Okay, so the folks over at Latino Review have posted what is supposedly a full rundown of what happens in the first 20 minutes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is by no way confirmed, but other outlets have corroborated the validity of the report so it could very well be straight from Whedon’s script.
The film apparently picks up directly after the mid-credits tag from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as the Avengers are already assembled and are targeting the Hydra outpost headed up by Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), who wields Loki’s staff and is flanked by Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The trio take on the invading Avengers. This is the opening action set piece of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In a true Whedon-esque moment, after the Avengers reign supreme they head back to Avengers Tower (previously Stark Tower) and have a party. Yes, we will apparently see Thor, Cap, etc. getting down and celebrating their victory. Start prepping your tumblr posts and gifs accordingly. Also popping up in the party scene will be Rhodey (Don Cheadle), who makes his brief appearance in the film here.
One major development that we see at this party is that Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow “have a thing for each other,” but are having trouble navigating their burgeoning relationship because Banner is afraid of “hulking out” should they decide to get intimate. This might explain what Rufflo meant when he said Hulk has “a bigger, more complex role” in the follow-up. Moreover, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is apparently no longer dating Natalie Portman’s Jane, which seems like a pretty major shift from the end of The Dark World.
And that’s it from the report. Again, none of this is confirmed but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched. However, it’s important to keep in mind that filmmaking is a fluid process, so the script may have changed or the film may evolve even further in the post-production process. We’ll no doubt learn more about the pic next month at Comic-Con, so be sure to check back here for our full rundown of the Marvel panel.
If this is how Age of Ultron opens, what do you folks think? Are you game for a Hulk/Black Widow romance? Does the Avengers Dance Party scene make the wait for next year even longer now? Sound off in the comments below. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.