We’ve seen footage of a crazy ass battle from Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Iron Man and his Hulkbuster armor butt heads with the Hulk. That looks awesome, but we’ve also heard that’s not from even anywhere near the climax. And if you thought Earth’s Mightiest Heroes facing off against Loki’s Chitauri army at the end of the first film was nuts, according to Joss Whedon, we haven’t seen anything yet.
Avengers 2 looks to be bigger in every way than the first. The director says that wasn’t the intent, but it apparently didn’t stop him from going all out with Age of Ultron. Talking to Yahoo, he says, “I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.”
I like that, it’s like, “Oops, I made an insane action scene.” Whedon said a while back that he wanted to make a smaller, more intimate sequel. Doesn’t sound like that panned out, though just about anything is more low key than giant metal space worms flying through New York City while a god, a giant green guy, and a bunch of folks in spandex fighting aliens.
Whedon doesn’t reveal much about the actual battle in Age of Ultron, but he does offer some hints, saying:
You know they’re going to fight Ultron. You know Ultron has a tendency to build hundreds of Ultrons. So that’s going to lead you in a certain direction, but the hard work of the thing is making sure everyone feels serviced and integrated. So, in the beginning it’s fun. You’re thinking, ‘What would be fun, what would be cool?’
We certainly like the idea of Whedon, a filmmaker we’ve loved for years, thinking, what would be the most awesome thing he could do, then doing it. That sounds just about perfect to us.
A massive conflict like this is, of course, going to have far-reaching implications and leave scars on the heroes that won’t heal or fade any time soon. He teases what’s at stake and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be drastically different moving forward, saying:
The whole movie is a process of changing everything and keeping everything the same. You want to hit all the things that made people love the first movie, but you also want to make something new or why are you here … I don’t want to make The Avengers again—I did that one time. With the ending it was important for me that we felt a progression. We didn’t just feel, ‘well, no problem, we cleaned that up!’ because that’s an episode of television. That’s not a film. This film, there’s more at stake and we take that seriously.
This sounds like a solid lead up to the events of Captain America: Civil War next year. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens wide May 1.