Marvel were officially just going to San Diego to promote Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out in October/November this year and April next year, respectively. But we were all expecting the studio to do something more.
During their Hall H panel, audience members got a surprise visit from James Gunn and his 2014 blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. Kevin Feige and Gunn flew all the main cast over, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillam, and Michael Rooker teasing what we can expect from the film next year. And to help with that tease, the studio also shared a great new piece of concept art.
And then came time for Joss Whedon to take the stage before wrapping things up. And he didn’t disappoint. He revealed that the highly anticipated The Avengers sequel will be titled, Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the title leading to plenty of speculation right from the get go. Via Wikipedia, here’s a synopsis for the Age of Ultron storyline that ran earlier this year – though, of course, take this particular synopsis with a big pinch of salt, because we expect Joss Whedon to create something original for himself and for us.
During the Age of Ultron storyline, Ultron has returned and conquers the world while slowly remolding it into his image. His Ultron Sentinels are guarding the streets looking for any fugitives. Hawkeye runs into the Ultron Sentinels as he was rescuing the Superior Spider-Man yet manages to destroy the Ultron Sentinels present. It is later revealed that Ultron is actually in the future and has been using Vision as a conduit to punish humanity. While one strike team travels into the future to fight Ultron, Wolverine and Invisible Woman go back in time to kill Pym before he can create Ultron in the first place. This results in a world where Tony Stark controls an army of robotic drones and that Morgan le Fay has conquered half of the world. Travelling back in time once more, Wolverine succeeds in stopping himself from killing Pym, and he, Pym and Susan Storm come up with a different plan. This plan results in a different outcome of the prior confrontation between the Avengers and the Intelligencia; a ‘back door’ installed into Ultron at his original creation allows Hank Pym and Iron Man to destroy the robot, instead, averting the events that led to the ‘Age of Ultron’.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st, 2015, bringing what promises to be an epic close to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.