Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
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[hr] The original six also featured in The Avengers (2012) are: • Tony Stark / Iron Man • Steve Rogers / Captain America • Bruce Banner / The Hulk • Thor Odinson • Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow • Clint Barton / Hawkeye Other superheroes featured: • James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine • Sam Wilson / The Falcon • The Vision • Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch • Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver Edit (Coming Soon)
- Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann): A HYDRA leader who pursues experiments on humans, including the Maximoff twins. Also, he is on possession of Loki's Scepter and continuously studying the Chitauri and Leviathans in his fortress.
- Ultron (James Spader): The main villain. A peacekeeping artificial intelligence gone evil, created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner with data extracted from the Mind Gem.
- Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson): Twin siblings who accepted to be "enhanced" by von Strucker in order to take revenge from Tony Stark (Iron Man) after missiles designed by him killed their parents.
- Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis): An arms dealer with ties to both von Strucker and Tony Stark (Iron Man). This film also serves to introduce a small origin story on how he became Klaw.
As Tony Stark and Bruce Banner integrate the data collected from Loki's Scepter into the Ultron Program, it's just a matter of hours before Ultron acquires sentience. JARVIS attempts to keep it contained and under control but fails, then is "killed" by Ultron. Ultron at first tries to hack nuclear weaponry to wipe out mankind, but a mysterious hacker keeps him from achieving it. Stark reveals that the hacker was actually JARVIS itself, having survived in part. Bruce Banner explains to the team that Ultron wants to evolve, and concludes that Doctor Cho's tissue regenerator, the Mind Gem and the Vibranium Ultron obtained from Ulysses Klaue are the key to creating an indestructible final form for Ultron. Such a body would resemble biological tissue but be as resistant to damage as Captain America's shield. As Ultron is transferring his mind into this body, he's interrupted and the body itself taken by the Avengers. Stark uses JARVIS' surviving code as a new mind for the Vibranium body and Thor overpowers the body and the Mind Gem, thus creating a new, benign lifeform that identifies as someone "on life's side", worthy of lifting Thor's hammer and far more powerful than Ultron. Both Thor and Ultron called it "the Vision". Its exact nature, as well as how much of JARVIS or the Mind Gem is part of his personality is unknown. Edit (Coming Soon)
No. Even though Michael Douglas was cast as Hank Pym in Ant-Man (2015) and his character is essential in a lot of Ultron storylines in the comics, Joss Whedon stated in an interview at the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 that he would not be featured in this film to avoid introducing a third scientist as he already had Stark and Banner. This interpretation of Ultron is created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, but they take concept of the peacekeeping artificial intelligence and the name "Ultron" from an abandoned project. We are not told who was responsible for the original project. During the scene where Ultron is born and is looking through JARVIS' files, he examinates a file on Ant-Man. Edit (Coming Soon)
At the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), S.H.I.E.L.D. was effectively dismantled, but in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) (which ran parallel to the Marvel Phase 2 movies up to and after The Winter Soldier), Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was made director of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. and tasked with rebuilding the organization from the ground up. In the series, it's this new, small cell that is responsible for finding the location of Loki's Scepter and informs the Avengers, via Maria Hill, thus jumpstarting this film's prologue sequence. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) reprises his role, in what Jackson has stated to be a "cameo appearance", pointing out that he no longer in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cobie Smulders reprises her role as Maria Hill, working directly for Tony Stark this time but maintaining an offscreen communication link with Director Coulson and Nick Fury. Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), who helped S.H.I.E.L.D. on the initial study of the Tesseract, makes an appearance. The Helicarrier from The Avengers (2012) is used by Fury as a rescue vessel for Sokovia's inhabitants, and it still carries S.H.I.E.L.D. logos. It could be assumed that Fury and a small crew preserved its control after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. Upon its reveal, Captain America remarks that it symbolizes what S.H.I.E.L.D. itself should be. Edit (Coming Soon)
Yes. Baron Von Strucker is killed by Ultron to send a message to the Avengers. Quicksilver sacrifices himself to save Hawkeye and a child from Ultron's attack with the Quinjet. Ultron is killed twice, the first by Scarlet Witch when she gets revenge on him over her brother's death by ripping out his "heart", and later as the last surviving of Ultron's drones is destroyed by Vision. Edit (Coming Soon)
The Infinity Stones (Infinity Gems) are items with reality-altering powers that exceed every other force or power shown so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). When all of them are collected in an Infinity Gauntlet, the wielder is given power to destroy complete universes. Up to this point, a Infinity Gauntlet have been revealed, the right-handed one that was briefly shown in Thor (2011) inside Odin's chambers. It's hinted that only extraordinary individuals can survive touching the Stones barehanded, and even in that case, it requires a great willpower to use the power of the Stones without a Gauntlet itself. Although the Stones had not yet been explicitly mentioned in the MCU at this point, several of them had already come by up. In a proper filmmaking point of view, these are the MacGuffin that keeps the entire MCU franchise united. At the end of The Dark World, three of the six Stones have been revealed and located:
- Blue (Space Gem): Hidden inside the Tesseract, it can open portals to between universes. First seen in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) (2011), where the Red Skull located it in a Norwegian monastery and used its energy to create highly advance weaponry during World War II. It's hinted in Iron Man 2 (2010) (2010) that the original Arc Reactor technology used by Iron Man was designed based on knowledge Howard Stark once he recovered the Tesseract. In The Avengers, Loki and a mind-controlled Erik Selvig use it to open a portal to let the Chitauri army enter the Earth. Also, it's revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D designed new weaponry based on Tesseract technology as a backup in case the Avengers Indicative would fail. After Loki's defeat, Thor took it back to Asgard. It's kept in Odin's chambers and accessible to Loki once again, as well as the aforementioned Infinity Gauntlet, having taken control of Asgard during the events of The Dark World.
- Red (Reality Gem): Hidden inside the Aether, it has the ability to transform matter into dark matter. First seen in The Dark World, thousands of years ago in a war where King Bor of Asgard (father of Odin) defeated Malekith, leader of the dark elves. In modern times, Dr. Jane Foster discovered it once again while studying gravitational disturbances in London, putting her own life in danger. During the events of the Convergence, Malekith briefly took control of it inside his body, rendering him near invincible. After Thor's victory over him, it was handed over to the Collector to avoid having two Infinity Stones together in the same place. The Collector's alliances and ultimate goal were unknown at this point.
- Yellow (Mind Gem): Hidden inside Loki's scepter, it has the ability to control minds as well as create new ones, such as Ultron and the Vision. First seen in The Avengers when it is assumed that Thanos himself or The Other (leader of the Chitauri army) gave it to Loki. With it, Loki stabbed and killed Agent Phil Coulson, causing Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Haweye and Hulk to unite to avenge him. Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) used it to close the portal Loki and a mind-controlled Dr. Selvig created it to let the Chitauri army attack New York. S.H.I.E.L.D. took it under custody for study.
- Purple (Power Gem): Hidden inside The Orb. First seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), it has the ability to destroy entire planets at a molecular level. In a distant, unknown past, an old being called Celestial is depicted using it to eradicate life in a planet with a single blow. At some point of this remote past, it was guarded in planet Morag and lost in time until Peter Quill (aka Starlord) seized it from the planet's ruins just minutes before Kree soldiers under the command of Ronan the Accuser retrieve it. Ronan had the intention of wiping out the Nova Prime civilization as a revenge against them for an ancient war. Having each their own separated agendas, scavenger leader Yondu and The Collector (who at this point already has the Reality Gem), want to take control of it. Both Ronan and Starlord are seen surviving while using it barehanded for a short time. Following the failed massacre by Ronan, the Nova Corps, a planetary law enforcing organization, are protecting it.
- Green (Time Stone): Yet to be revealed.
- Orange (Soul Stone): Yet to be revealed.
These remaining two Stones and their respective powers are revealed over the course of MCU's Phase 3—comprised of Captain America: Civil War (2016) (2016), Doctor Strange (2016) (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) (2017) and Black Panther (2018) (2018), culminating in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) (2019), with Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) (2018), Venom (2018) (2018) and Captain Marvel (2019) (2019). Doctor Strange expands on the mythology surrounding the Infinity Gauntlet and reveals the Time Stone. Thor revealed that he would return to Asguard to learn more about the Infinity Stones; the backstory of which, the Infinity Stones and their creation may be unveiled in Thor: Ragnarök. Edit (Coming Soon)
Yes, there is an extra scene during the credits about two minutes into the credits featuring Thanos. This scene is meant to serve as a tie-in to the third Avengers film Avengers: Infinity War (2018). However, there is no extra scene after the credits. Edit (Coming Soon)
Iron Man and The Hulk may or may not participate in the 2-part Infinity War films. There have been rumors stating that the first part of Infinity War will focus more on the New Avengers, while the second part will focus on all of the Avengers assembling together to battle Thanos. In an interview with GQ, Chris Pratt said that the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are under contract for multiple films which possibly will include Infinity War and films for the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Univers. Robert Downey Jr. is also under contract to star in Infinity War, but the role that Iron Man will play in both parts is currently unknown. Mark Ruffalo's role in Infinity War is also unknown.
(This news-like FAQ entry was last updated on 3 July 2017.) Edit (Coming Soon)
At the end of the film, we see Captain America and Black Widow in the New Avengers facility training new members. This new team is composed of Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and War Machine. In the comics, this team was assembled in case the original Avengers needed a backup or were absent. This team had members switch back and forth, with the original team being Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain Marvel, War Machine, and the Thing. There is a television series Luke Cage on Netflix streaming services. It is produced by Marvel Television (which is under the Marvel Studios umbrella) and is understood to be within the same universe as the movies, thereby making him a prospective member. A Captain Marvel film for release in 2019 is in the works as of 2017, so there's a possibility she may become part of this team. Due to film copyright/licensing issues, Wolverine and the Thing are not expected to join this team. As Marvel Studios acquired the Spider-Man film rights from Sony sometime before the production of Captain America: Civil War, he fights alongside Iron Man therein. Ant-Man, who has his own film, is also a good candidate to join this team. However, given the timing of the "civil war", the Avengers find themselves in a condition of schism before either Spider-Man or Ant Man get involved, and the latter winds up on the team of fugitive Avengers. In other words, the composition of the New Avengers does not present in quite the way it does in the comic books. Edit (Coming Soon)
That is correct. In the first Thor film, we see the Infinity Gauntlet safely stored in Odin's vault, along with the Eye of Agamotto and other powerful artifacts. However, if you look closely, you will notice that this gauntlet fits a right hand. The one that Thanos puts on in the post-credit scene fits a left hand, which implies that there are two Infinity Gauntlets in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Infinity Gauntlet in Thor can be viewed here, and the Infinity Gauntlet of Ultron's post-credit scene here. Edit (Coming Soon)
- Cap's New Shield Upgrade: This is a reference straight from the original Avengers comics, as Iron Man also created a device so that Captain America could call his shield back to him
- Hawkeye's New Outfit: Both a reference to his original Hawkeye outfit in the comics and his Ronin identity
- Dr. Helen Cho: A subtle reference to her son Amadeus, who is actually a genius in scientific breakthroughs involving human healing and combining artificial intelligence with human tissue. In the comics, Amadeus has an important role with these discoveries and also helps the Avengers on many occasions
- "Missing Person's Case": During the party scene at the Avengers Tower, Falcon chats with Cap about him "still working on that missing person's case". This is an obvious reference to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Steve and Sam are working together to find Bucky after his disappearance at the end of the film
- Crimson Cowl: When Ultron first meets the Maximoff Twins, he is covered in a red cloth. This is a reference to the Crimson Cowl, one of the identities he first took in the comics
- The Roy Thomas Players: When Scarlet Witch uses her powers on Captain America, he is induced in a vision where he finally meets with Peggy Carter to have their promised last dance. In this scene, the band playing in the background are known as The Roy Thomas Players. Roy Thomas is actually a comic book writer who co-created and updated several characters in his run, with one of them being Ultron
- Wakanda: Although it is only mentioned once by Bruce Banner, Wakanda is a fictional nation in South Africa, home to the Black Panther, Prince T'Challa. Wakanda has an enormous repository of the metal element known as vibranium, the same metal element that makes Captain America's shield indestructible
- Ulysses Klaue: One of the most formidable enemies of the Black Panther, Ulysses Klaue is meant to serve as a bridge between the rest of the MCU films and the upcoming Black Panther film. In this film, he gets his arm chopped off by Ultron. In the comics, Klaue lost his arm and replaced it with a claw made of vibranium that could emit intense sound waves. He also murdered King T'Chaka while searching for vibranium in Wakanda, and developed an intense grudge with Black Panther
- Star Wars: The fact of Klaue losing a hand is also a reference to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In every Phase Two Marvel film there is a character that loses his/her hand, and Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, has stated that the Marvel Phase Two serves as "The Empire Strikes Back" of the MCU storyline. Additionally, the Hulkbuster armor also loses an arm when battling the Hulk
- Veronica: Used as a codename by Tony Stark to summon the Hulkbuster armor, this serves as a reference to Betty and Veronica, a comic from Archie Comics, in which two girls fight for the love of one man. Betty Ross is the only woman who has ever been kind to Bruce Banner, while Veronica (the Hulkbuster) is the only one who can stop him in his tracks
- Dr. Geoffrey Crawford: During the Hulkbuster/Hulk fight, Hulk is pushed against a delivery truck, which scatters on the street. On the truck and boxes, one can see the name "Crawford" written on them. This could serve as a reference to Dr. Crawford, an important figure in the Hulk mythos who attempted to use the Hulk's gamma powers to heal his sickness. The experiment went south and he turned into a Hulk-like creature known as Ravage
- Off-Screen Punch: Iron Man punches Hulk off-screen using his Hulkbuster armor. A clear reference to the first Avengers film where Hulk punches Thor off-screen twice
- Jocasta: After the birth of Vision, Tony needed the help of another artificial intelligence to help him fight Ultron. When Tony grabs the new AI card named Friday, there are other AI cards across the table and one of them is labeled as Jocasta. Jocasta is actually a bride Ultron made for him modeled after Janet van Dyne, the wife of Ant-Man, the original creator of Ultron
- Tadashi: Similar to the Jocasta entry above, when Tony looks through the memory cards, one is named "Tadashi". This is a reference to Big Hero Six, as the memory card that holds Baymax's personality and medical knowledge.
They are both interpretations of the same character from the Marvel comics, who plays a major role in both X-Men and Avengers storylines. Quicksilver, and his sister the Scarlet Witch, first appeared as villains, members of Magneto's group "The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants". Eventually they reformed, became heroes, and learned that Magneto was their biological father. The Scarlet Witch especially came to be associated mainly with the Avengers and not the X-Men and other mutant teams. While Fox owns the film rights to the X-Men and related properties, Marvel owns the rights to the Avengers. Because Quicksilver was used in both franchises, he was available for use by both studios. However, they reworked his origin for Avengers so as not to reference his being a mutant. Edit (Coming Soon)