This Tuesday, ABC will be airing a special one-hour documentary called Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe- which will chronicle how the studio put together its multi-tiered Avengers franchise. Reviews from various outlets are in, and they claim it's pretty darn good. What could have just been a 60 minute infomercial for their blu rays and upcoming movies, actually does a real nice job of giving you insights about the studio. One of the hooks for the documentary is that we'll get a first-look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron. How much of the hotly-anticipated Avengers sequel should we expect, though?
"They're advertising it as a first look, and that is an honest statement," says Marvel honcho Kevin Feige. "We don't start filming for another week and a half, so you're not going to have a lot of first-unit footage because it doesn't exist yet. But you certainly get more than just a peek at some of the new fun things we have in store." Though, when he claims that they haven't started filming yet, he's referring only to first-unit, since we know that the production has all ready filmed an action sequence in South Africa. And, while the scene involved the Hulk, Mark Ruffallo wasn't present. So there'll definitely be something cool to show.
But what of the film itself? What should we expect? Feige offered an interesting answer to that question. He heavily implies that we shouldn't get too married to the original roster of Avengers- Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Similar to the comics, expect that lineup to get shuffled. "Introducing the new characters is going to be a lot of fun for the movie," says Feige. "That ever-changing roster is very important in the Avengers comics, and so how do we start to play with that [on the big screen]."
How about Ultron? The baddie we're going to see in the next Avengers is going to be pretty awesome, according to Marvel's mouthpiece. "[...]Our bad guy is great. I think people are going to be very, very excited to see what we're doing with the voice that Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron. We love Ultron from the comics, and have always loved Ultron, and at no point do we want him to just be a robot. We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job. Again, for us it's always about subverting expectations. Whenever you think you know what's coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron."
Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe will air this Tuesday, March 18 on ABC at 8/7c.
You excited for The Avengers: Age of Ultron yet?