San Diego Comic-Con News - The Title For 'The Avengers' Sequel Is?

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As everybody expected, Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 was chock full of awesome movie news. In fact, there are so many newsworthy topics it'll take at least a week to cover them all. Since it's about 2am on Sunday morning and my eyes are crossed from surfing the internets, I'm gonna make it brief. Marvel Studios made one of the biggest announcements of the day when it unveiled the name of the sequel to 2012's The Avengers.

And here it is -

Yep, that's it - Avengers: Age of Ultron - and it's targeted May 1, 2015 as opening day.

I think that title was a shocker to most people (including me). Ultron is a robot created by scientist Henry Pym (later Ant-Man) in the comic books, and he's one of The Avengers' oldest foes. Even though there was a recent comic series from Marvel with the title "Age of Ultron", none of the major geek/movie sites predicted he would be the villain in The Avengers sequel. The comic series started in March 2013 and just wrapped up in June 2013.

If you're not up to speed on your Avengers history, check out the Wikipedia entry on Ultron.

The Wikipedia article above summarized the "Age of Ultron" story arc -

"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.

Ultron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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’."

Okay, I'm sure the movie won't follow the comic version too closely, but that snippet gives you some idea.

The question is - What about Thanos? After seeing him in the end credits of The Avengers, most people assumed he would be the villain in the sequel. Maybe not. Director Joss Whedon is on record as saying Thanos is such an awesome villain that they have to save him for something very special. Could Whedon mean we won't see Thanos until The Avengers 3?

Update: July 22, 2013

After the big Comic-Con "Avengers" panel, Joss Whedon talked more about the inspiration for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He said we should not expect to see any similarity between the recent comic series of the same name and the movie.

Here's what Whedon told Marvel Live -

"Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."

You can also check out the full interview below.

 Well, that's all I have today. Please give me your theories about Avengers: Age of Ultron!
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