Earlier today, we showed you the Empire Magazine covers that feature the main cast members assembling from Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated Marvel Phase Two sequel that hits theaters May 1. The magazine also has a description of the sequel's opening scene, confirming a rumor from early last year that the movie will kick off with a Bond-like action sequence that finds the Avengers paying a visit to an Eastern European castle where Hydra's Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) has been hiding out with Loki's scepter. The sequence is described as a, "pre-credits Bondian blow-out," with the magazine also offering a detailed description of the scene that follows, where the heroes are en route to Avengers Tower for their victory celebration. This was teased in the previously-released trailers. Be warned there may be potential SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
"As Stark is flying the ship, [Robert] Downey Jr. goes and sits in the pilot's seat. [Jeremy] Renner lies down on a table in the middle of the jet and clutches his stomach while a fake drip is attached to his arm. It's clear that, whatever went down at von Strucker's, it has left the Avengers' ace archer in considerable distress. As the dialogue plays out, it becomes clear that [Mark Ruffalo's] Bruce Banner has Hulked out, or what he calls a "code green," during the assault on Strucker's fortress, and is deeply troubled by it. [Scarlett Johansson's] Natasha tries to reassure him - 'If you hadn't been there, there would have been double the casualties.' Banner grimaces, and replies with, 'You know, sometimes exactly what I want to hear isn't exactly what I want to hear.' Seeking back-up, Natasha turns to [Chris Hemsworth's] Norse god. 'Thor, report on the Hulk?' she asks. Hemsworth immediately lights up and lets rip with a rousing tribute to all the violence unleashed by the Hulk, filled with words like 'screams' and 'victims' and 'whimpering.' Seeing that it has the opposite effect to that intended on Banner, the God of Thunder turns God of Blunter, stammering and stumbling, digging himself deeper into a hole."
"I f*cking kill them. All of them. I do it. Marvel don't even realize it. When they see the final cut, they'll be like, 'Omigod! What are we going to do for Phase 3? We literally have no one! Except Ant-Man!' They're going to be so pissed."
While the filmmaker is obviously joking, he was also asked about a scene shown in the Comic-Con trailer, where Tony Stark is seen looking at the bodies of his compatriots. This scene was confirmed to be an illusion created by Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), but when asked if these heroes all die at the hands of Thanos, the filmmaker had this to say.
"I can neither confirm nor deny that it totally is."
There have already been rumors circulating that the Avengers lineup will be completely different at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it's possible that some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes may be killed off. Of course, it seems highly unlikely that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) or Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will be killed off, since they are already confirmed to be in upcoming sequels Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok. As for Thanos, we haven't gotten confirmation that he will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but hopefully we'll learn more about Thanos and the supposed deaths of Avengers characters in the near future.