2015 is shaping up to be Marvel's biggest year at the movies yet, with the highly-anticipated Phase II finale Avengers: Age of Ultron, currently in production under the direction of Joss Whedon, and the first Phase III movie Ant-Man slated to hit the big screen. New details have surfaced for both of these superhero adventures, including confirmation of new costumes for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Avengers: Age of Ultron, along with who the villain in Ant-Man will actually be.
JoBlo's report comes from a source who attended a recent Disney media event where these details were uncovered, along with storyboards, concept art and rough animation. Producer Kevin Feige said that the new Avengers Tower will be the largest ever for a Marvel movie, featuring a massive landing platform and garage for the new Quinjet that is filled with "techno stuff" and a "chic lab" where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), a.k.a. the "Science Bros," work together. The Quinjet itself has also been redesigned with more chairs to accommodate all of the Avengers, along with an array of new weaponry. Mark Ruffalo himself revealed earlier this week that there is, "some cool Science Bros stuff" in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This new report also confirms details from earlier this month that the Avengers throw a massive party, a scene that will take place early on in the movie, after they take out the remaining Hydra cells. The party is said to be "Stark-like" in nature, meaning excessive and over-the-top.
Iron Man will reportedly wear his Mark 43 suit in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will have the circular core shape favored by Joss Whedon, with less gold on it than his suit in Iron Man 3, but more than in Marvel's The Avengers. Tony Stark will also wear the Mark 44 suit known as The Hulkbuster, which was revealed in concept art images released back in March.
Mark Ruffalo's Hulk will also have a new look, featuring dark purple "extendable pants" that contract and expand with his Hulk transformations, with an Avengers logo that is featured on all of the heroes' new costumes. Black Widow's costume is said to be "Tron-style," with blue lights all around the suit. The costume also has a new elctro-shock feature known as "the widow sting," which will give her enemies a jolt of electricity that gives her an edge over other Avengers heroes.
James Spader's villainous Ultron character will have a fully-realized face, and not just a mask. The actor's face and mouth will be captured to bring more personality to the character, with his suit said to have a "red firelight" underneath it, reminiscent of Balrog from The Lord of the Rings. The suit is also said to resemble the weapon Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) used to shoot Loki (Tom Hiddleston) with in Marvel's The Avengers, which was made of parts from the fallen Destroyer in Thor. Ultron will also have an army of drones who are similar in appearance, minus the red glow.
Vision is also said to be "100 percent Paul Bettany," with his face and body in a metallic form in green, yellow and gold, along with the yellow cape.
As for Ant-Man, the story will kick off with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a single father barely scraping by, who breaks into Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) apartment and steals the Ant-Man suit. The suit is also said to be "much more elaborate," with the helmet being able to open and close much like Iron Man's mask. There will be red lights all over the suit, which was also compared to Tron, and his helmet eyes will glow red when closed.
The primary villain in Ant-Man will be Darren Cross, who runs Cross Technological Enterprises in the Marvel comic books, which competes with both Stark Industries and OsCorp. It is believed that either Corey Stoll or Patrick Wilson will be playing the villain, but that has not been confirmed. Cross' suit is said to be similar to Ant-Man's, but with a much more military feel to it in yellow and black, with a "tendril apparatus" coming out of the back. There is speculation that Marvel Studios may be combining traits from other Marvel villains for this character, since, in the comic books, Cross resembles a pink Hulk.
Finally, as in the comics, Scott Lang will be able to communicate with ants through his helmet, with the insects serving as his primary ally and superpower.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Marvel just yet, but what do you think of these new details? Are you more excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man now? Chime in with your thoughts below.