The anticipation towards Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron continues to build following the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt. A major spoiler-filled leak hit Thursday, though not just for the next The Avengers but for the more curious Ant-Man film as well.
Warning: If you haven't been able to tell already, there are major spoilers ahead for The Avengers and Ant-Man. Stop reading now if you don't want to see them.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Multiple sources with movie website JoBlo who attended a recent Disney media event that included concept art, story details, and rough animations for both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. This information builds on what has been officially released and teased by Marvel. This includes the Iron Man Hulkbuster suit and the Hulk fighting in streets that was shown in the Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe TV special that aired in March.
According to JoBlo, the Avengers Tower will play a large role in Age of Ultron, literally. It will be the largest set yet for a Marvel film and feature a "large landing platform and garage for the new Quinjet within a large space that is full of windows, screens and 'techno stuff.'" There's also a lab situated in the middle where Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) and Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) work together.
The Quinjet gets a new, less military look with enough chairs to accommodate all of the members of the Avengers. Being Stark owned, it's also decked out with more weaponry.
Scarlett Johanson's Black Widow also gets an upgrade with a new "TRON-style" suit has blue lights and electricity. This allows the superhero spy to deliver electric shocks to her opponents during fights to compliment the new batons she will reportedly wield.
Hulk will be sporting the classic expandable purple pants from the comic books that will expand or shrink when Banner transforms. The pants will also be adorned with the Avengers "A" logo that will appear on all of the super hero costumes.
As in the original The Avengers, Stark will sport two Iron Man outfits. The first is the Mark 43 and will be less gold than the Iron Man 3 costume but will bring back the circular chest reactor shape. The second suit is the Hulkbuster and is designated the Mark 44. How Stark ends up in the suit and facing down the Hulk is still unknown.
Possibly the most interesting spoiler is the changes that are reportedly being made to Ultron. In the comics, the big bad features an emotionless helmet. However, for The Avengers movie, he will gain full facial movements captured from actor James Spader. The red glow from the comics will be retained, which the leakers said will give him "kind of a Balrog effect" from Lord of the Rings.
Ultron will have an army of drones that look like him which the Avengers will have to smash and shoot through to get to the villain.
Finally, the Vision is said to be completely Paul Bettany with his face and body all in metallic form. The character will allegedly retain his gold, red and green coloring along with the yellow cape.
The Ant-Man story follows the comic origin somewhat. Thief and single dad Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) falls on hard times and steals the Ant-Man suit from the apartment of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
The villain in the Ant-Man movie is Darren Cross, who runs a rival company to Stark Industries named Cross Technological Enterprises. He is connected to the Marvel villain Crossfire due to the fact that the character is his cousin. He will have a suit similar Ant-Man's but more military with a "tendril-looking apparatus coming off its back."
Meanwhile, the Ant-Man helmet will be more elaborate than the comics and will also go in the direction of "TRON-style." The helmet and suit are described as complex and futuristic with the helmet being able to open and close like Iron Man's and both featuring red lights.
And yes, ants will play a role as Ant-Man's weapon.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently set for a May 1, 2015 debut with Ant-Man following on July 17. Expect both to be teased heavily at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con.
[Images via Marvel and Edgar Wright]