It’s been a while since we got some noteworthy news from the set of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. With San Diego Comic Con quickly approaching, we should – hopefully – be getting our first official look at the film; but until then we’ll just have to keep trying to make sense out of the images and details that come to light. Thankfully we got some new details that not only might clue us into more of the plot, but could also bring MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the big screen. This and more coming up, so let’s begin our latest Avengers Update
What Was Seen:
Filming has now moved to East Anglia University in Norwich, UK and thanks to some awesome fans and instagram’ers, we have a look at the site. With green screens and different stages set up, we see what appears to be a training course and possibly the lobby of Avengers Tower – as you can tell by the giant A emblem that also makes an appearance on Captain America’s new uniform; or maybe its a new facility developed by Stark. Either way, it doesn’t take away from what’s to come.
It’s not just what spectators saw, but who they saw that really gives us a lot to work with. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were all in attendance for this scene, as well as the Iron Patriot armor – though Don Cheedle was not seen – and Anthony Mackie who owned his role as Falcon in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. Though the most surprising pop-up guest was B.J. Britt whom you might recognize as Agent Triplett from the ABC hit, MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Needless to say, this is very exciting. Whereas other articles usually stop here, this is where we’re just beginning. It’s time to explain how this can all work and what it means for the upcoming film – as well as some other possible cameos that might appear. So in true Insightful Panda fashion . . . let’s be insightful.
Rumors were circulating a few weeks ago that Avengers 2: Age of Ultron begins with the Avengers all basically assembled already. With the fall of SHIELD to Hydra and Stark already working on “privatizing world peace” – again – with Maria Hill, it’s safe to assume that this is probably accurate. Everyone knows each other, is on Earth and knows what’s been happening. In my mind, the only question is who gets to say “Avengers Assemble”.
Steve Rogers: “Technically I was first, so I think I should say it.”
Tony Stark: “Um excuse me, did you pay for any of this? I get to say it.”
Steve Rogers: “We’ll say it together.”
Tony Stark: “Fine. Avengers Assemble!!!!!!”
Steve Rogers: “ . . . You’re a jerk.”
– How I want it to happen
We also know that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver don’t join the Avengers initially, but actually start off against them. With the ‘twins’ playing a role in the film – but not the main villain Ultron – it’s safe to assume that they’ll be introduced fairly early as well in the film. It’s even possible that they’ll be involved an the opening fight against the Avengers. All of this has to happen within a fair amount of time before the title villain is introduced – Ultron.
We Need Backup:
The dangerous thing about Ultron is that he’s not only capable of regenerating and upgrading himself; but this time around he has a lot of human emotions and rage to deal with which makes him extra deadly. The original set photos we saw of Ultron were probably of his primary form. Between the very human look to him as well as Ironman’s armor being the Mark 43 – the finished product of the prototyped Mark 42 – this is absolutely early on in the film.
The Avengers might overpower him, but as we’ve already learned Ultron will evolve and upgrade himself – possibly even make more of himself. Whether Ultron hijacks Ironman Mark 43 suit – which I think will happen – or make an army of robots like we saw Quicksilver fighting in his initial concept art, the Avengers will need help. That’s where I suppose some old friends will come in.
Iron Patriot is basically guaranteed for Avengers 2 considering how upset fans were over him being absent in The Avengers. As for Falcon, we last saw him leaving with Captain America to fight Hydra and find Bucky (the Winter Soldier) so they are most certainly still going to be together. Though Tony never expected to protect the world on his own – or on the Avengers own – which is why he has Maria Hill. A new S.H.I.E.L.D. – of sorts – will be made; and it’s not S.H.I.E.L.D. without the new Director.
His First Name Is Agent:
Nick Fury will be in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron; but he’s no longer the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson is. Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left off with Coulson being tasked to recreate S.H.I.E.L.D. – but keep it small. Although he originally turned down Hill’s offer to join Stark, the fate of the world will force Coulson’s hand and bring the band back together.
Remember, by time Avengers 2: Age of Ultron comes out we will already be close to the end of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That is more than enough time for Coulson to start getting things together and gathering resources that can help the Avengers. These new “Avenger Agents” would be highly trained and help in the battle against Ultron, which bring us back to those set photos.
Coming Full Circle:
Those set photos showed agents being trained with the Avengers. That has to be Coulson’s new team. Agent Triplet being there further supports this idea. None of the Avengers knows Coulson is still alive and he wanted to tell them in person – as we learned in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when he asked Lady Siff not to tell Thor he was alive. When the Avengers think they are outmatched and need some backup, Coulson’s return would be the perfect thing to rally them, much like how his death in The Avengers did that.
The timing also works out because Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) were with the team. This means that they joined the Avengers by now and a bigger threat has taken their place. Everything is fitting together beautifully!
As we learned in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, all of Marvel’s properties (TV and Film) are connected and running more or less concurrently. We’ve seen how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could set up for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Now we just have to see how the events of that film will effect the last few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Skye, Melinda May and others make it into the film? Hopefully we’ll get some footage and start seeing how this all plays out when San Diego Comic Con begins July 24th.
Update: For confirmed information from the Entertainment Weekly reveals and how Ultron’s story fits in with the entirety of Phase 2, please read: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron’s Opening Scenes, Vision & More and The Complete Story of Ultron’s Origin