The Avengers: Age of Ultron
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As Marvel recently announced a new casting addition to its upcoming 'Ant-Man,' 'The Avengers 2' keeps on growing, as well! While Ultron will be the main villain in the coming Joss Whedon-helmed sequel (officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron), a more secret villain will be introduced, and Marvel has found the man for the job.
Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson first worked together twenty-four years ago in the 1990 film 'Air America' and have maintained a friendship ever since. Which may be why there's a rumor that Downey Jr. is trying to pull strings and get both Gibson and Jodie Foster into the Marvel universe, and possibly into 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.'
'The Avengers 2,' officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron,' will see a few new faces joining the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and, of course, Ultron himself. But is Marvel Studios planning on adding another more secretive baddie to liven things up other than the near indestructible super robot?
We knew that the original team of Avengers would return for 'Avengers 2' plus the new additions of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. But, now we've learned that another character from the Marvel universe will make an appearance in the upcoming sequel. Don Cheadle will join the 'Avengers 2' cast, bringing Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine to the fight against Ultron.
If you stuck around in theaters this weekend (and we're sure you did), you saw the 'Thor 2' post-credits scene and might have a few questions. (For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on the more interesting mid-credits scene and not on the sillier sequence at the very end.) So, who was that guy? And what is he talking about?
As Joss Whedon gets closer to finishing the script for 'The Avengers 2' (officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron), the supporting cast of previous Marvel films are wondering whether they'll get a chance in the ring. For one, Cobie Smulders' Agent Maria Hill seems like a lock, and now the actress has stated that Marvel knows she'll return once again.
Since the end of 'Avengers,' fans have been teased with the notion that Thanos is the evil mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While he won't serve as the main protagonist in 'Avengers 2' (instead deferring to Ultron), multiple Marvel sources have said that Thanos is a big part of next summer's 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' With that cast announced and the film wrapped, we have to wonder - who exactly is playing Thanos?