Yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked a bit about Ant-Man and hiring Peyton Reed to direct. Today, after screening two minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige spoke with IGN about the highly-anticipated film. The reel included director Joss Whedon talking about Avengers Tower, and there was also some pre-viz of Iron Man fighting Hulk. Feige elaborated on both of these aspects.
Hit the jump for more, and click here to get a first official look at Ultron and learn new plot details. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.
For those who saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you can probably surmise that helicarriers are no longer the best place to put your superhero team, especially now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is defunct. Feige explained to IGN where the group will now hang their helmets:
“Last time we saw Stark Tower, from The Avengers, it had gotten beat up a little bit thanks to Hulk and thanks to Loki and the Chituari, and Pepper and Tony were standing over a table looking at plans” he explained. “That’s where we pulled out and all the letters had fallen away except the ‘A’ in Stark. So what they were doing was retro-fitting for The Avengers. And that’s what we see in this next film.
“S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone – for people who are following along. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded and brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier because it turned out to not be the best organisation ever. So Tony’s bank-rolling The Avengers now. And he’s bank-rolling their headquarters. So it’s now Avengers Tower.
“Tony designed it so in addition to a hanger for a brand-new Quinjet, laboratories, places where he can build and store his Iron Man suits, there are I believe two bars. Beautiful multiple space living rooms which are perfect for parties and social gatherings. But it’s a primary location in the film this time around.”
I’m getting a big smile just thinking about how Tony has taken what should be a super-serious headquarters for the superheroes tasked with saving the world, and then added in a space for drinking and parties.
But outside the tower, there’s plenty of mayhem including the highly-anticipated throwdown between Hulk and the Iron Man’s “Hulkbuster” Armor. Feige talked about how important it was for him to get this scene in the movie:
“There are a lot of scenes that you should be getting excited about” he explained. “That is certainly one of them. I think I said a long time ago when Joss [Whedon] first did his six-page or 10-page outline for Avengers, there was a lot of work and the movie’s adapted quite a bit since then, but there were like six or seven signature things just in that. I said ‘Joss, even if we don’t do anything else. Just do these seven things, that’s enough for the movie. Now let’s get to work and put it all together.’ Those things are in the movie and are amazing, of which that sequence is one.”
Click here to catch up on all of our Avengers: Age of Ultron coverage, or peruse the recent links below:
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- First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Image Reveals the Villainous Robot; Joss Whedon Explains Ultron’s Motive and Origins
- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Preview Footage Teases Hulk vs. Iron Man Fight and Avengers Tower
- Stan Lee Confirms AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Cameo, Offers Advice for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Andy Serkis Working Closely with Mark Ruffalo for Performance Capture