There's quite a bit that we already know when it comes to the story and characters of Avengers: Age of Ultron. But there is even more that we don't know, as evidenced in a new article recently published by Digital Spy, who visited the set and came back with a whole lot of new information. There are some pretty big SPOILERS revealed in terms of characters, their relationships with one another, and the main storyline below. Continue ahead only if you want to know more than what the trailers have shown us thus far.
We know that Avengers: Age of Ultron will find our team of heroes battling the title villain, a sentient robot determined to wipe out the human race. While on set, Digital Spy was able to talk with quite a few members of the cast, the director Joss Whedon, and producer Jeremy Latcham. He is the first to offer information, revealing where the team is when the movie kicks off:
"This movie starts off and the team is together, on a mission, they're working in tandem, and there are new relationships between them. Time has passed, so you pick up right in the middle of an action sequence and start trying to catch up. I think [it's] fun for an audience to try and figure out, 'Wait, those two are funny together now, there's something going on with them, maybe there's a little tension over there.' You're showing up at a party when it's already a little bit started."
One of these new pairings is between Black Widow and Bruce Banner, though it's not known if there friendship has turned romantic. Joss Whedon calls them an 'unlikely pair' and that there's something between the two of them that they 'can't deny'. Another pair that aren't so chummy are Iron Man and Captain America, and their tension will surely lead into Captain America: Civil War. Says Jeremy Latcham:
""SHIELD has fallen apart, so this movie becomes Tony Stark and Steve Rogers trying to put the Avengers together without a parental unit like Nick Fury hovering over them. What you realize is that these are guys who work best with rules, and probably do need some adult supervision. Tony has been paying for everything, designing stuff, building new toys, he's the benefactor of the whole thing. But Steve Rogers is very much in charge of operations and missions, he's the moral compass. But how long can Tony Stark have someone else be in charge?"
While the previous Marvel movies have played to certain sub-genres, with standalones dabbling in the art of espionage thrillers and others playing to the tropes of the war movie, Joss Whedon calls Avengers: Age of Ultron a mash-up of genres:
"With the first [Avengers], I set out to make a war movie. This time I said to Marvel, 'I really want to make more of a science-fiction horror.' But then in the first week I was like 'This is clearly a western.' "Then it became a war movie again, then, 'Oh no, it's a romantic comedy, a 1940s romantic comedy... No, it's Ibsen! No, okay, it's definitely an adventure. It's an action comedy! I suppose if it's gonna get put in a category, it has got some science fiction in it, but for me, it's just everything. And hopefully that doesn't come out as ADD, but as what happens when you put these different people together, you get that kind of weird dissonance with their different worlds and styles, and you hopefully make music out of it, instead of a horrible cacophony."
Watching the trailers, and reading too deeply into some of the rumors leading up to the release of the movie, many fans have been wondering why Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are fighting the Avengers. About that, Elizabeth Olsen offers:
"Our characters have a lot of anger, especially towards Tony Stark, and we want revenge. We meet Ultron, and he's someone who preaches peace and...Believes what we believe, which is that the Avengers create destruction and that Tony Stark's bomb is responsible for killing our parents."