In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Joss Whedon opened up with some details about ‘Avenegers: Age of Ultron,‘ which is being touted as one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Turns out that Ultron is not the only villain the Avengers will take down in the sequel, but (as many have guessed based on the footage at the end of ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier‘) Baron Von Strucker will also be a villain they will deal with early on in the film. Whether or not the heroes are successful in capturing the villain is anyone’s guess (but actor Thomas Kretschmann who plays Von Strucker is signed on for multiple films…), it seems the opening of the film will revolve around the team’s attack on Von Strucker’s European castle hide-out.
According to Whedon, the opening scene to the film is a “pre-credits Bondian blowout,” meaning the film will open with a huge action sequence cold-opening dealing with Baron Von Strucker, and potentially introducing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to the audience. Whedon also said that after the battle, the Avengers fly back to Avengers Tower (I really hope they are calling it that in the movie and it wasn’t just Whedon hyperbole) aboard a Quinjet, with Hawkeye wounded, clutching his stomach and hooked up to an IV drip, while Banner sits quietly, clearly troubled by the events of the day when he Hulked out (as Whedon says they call it now, a ‘Code Green.’) Widow tries to reassure Banner by explaining how many more casualties there would have been had he not Hulked out, while Thor eagerly recounts the chaos, clearly having enjoyed the battle. Neither one cheers up Banner, which only make me wonder what kind of carnage we will see in the opening battle (especially if its bad enough that Hawkeye gets a serious injury!)
We’ll find out when ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ hits theaters May 1!