The Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art showing Iron Man in a Hulkbuster suit versus the Hulk has become one of the iconic images leading into the next gathering of Marvel superheroes on film. The latest edition of Empire Magazine included an interview with producer Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon from Comic-Con where the two discussed the showdown and Ultron and his army of robots.
The end of the first Avengers movie setup a friendship between Bruce Banner and Tony Stark that carried over to Iron Man 3. That friendship will apparently be put to the test by Whedon in Age of Ultron.
The scene between the Hulkbuster suit and the Hulk was shown briefly in the Avengers trailer shown at Comic-Con. As transcribed by Comic Book Movie, Feige wouldn’t go into the details on what caused Stark to break out the suit, but he did say, “It’s a bespoke suit. The back-up plan in case things go awry.”
Whedon provided a little more information, however, including how the situation will put a strain on Stark’s and Banner’s relationship.
“The Hulkbuster is from after my time [as a reader], but even I knew what a big deal it was,” the Avengers director explained. “It makes sense because there’s no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me.”
As for Ultron, Whedon had plans for him as part of the sequel even before he was finished shooting the first film.
“Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers,” Feige said. “We unveiled a poster here which is nothing but Ultron after Ultron after Ultron clawing at the beginning to defeat all of our Avengers. That’s what a lot of this movie is about.”
Whedon himself described the film as “more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific.” He then added, “Ultron… he’s got a touch of the apocalypse in him.”
Ultron has always been the greatest non-cosmic threat to the Avengers in the comics. Yes, Galactus and the Infinity Gauntlet is still looming in the background, but we’ll have to see how the superhero team will survive Ultron on the big screen first when Age of Ultron comes on May 1, 2015.
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