'The Avengers' may be a movie filled with gods, monsters, aliens, robot suits and super soldiers, but the character of Natasha Romanov (aka Black Widow) proves that you don't need to have superpowers to be in a lineup with the world's mightiest superheroes. A deadly Russian agent turned agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the greatest spy in the Marvel universe has been a popular cosplay subject for years, and few have done it as well as this.
Ever since the title 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' was revealed by Marvel and Joss Whedon at Comic-Con 2013 last month, there's been a lot of talk of how this epic villain will be handled for his big-screen translation. Now it seems we've gotten some (vague) answers from Whedon himself, who opened up about the difference between comic book Ultron and movie Ultron.
In Marvel comics canon, the villainous robot Ultron is the creation of scientist/superhero Hank Pym (AKA, Ant-Man). So many fans raised an eyebrow when it was revealed that 'Avengers: Age of Ultron would see the team facing down the villain months before Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' arrived in theaters (and, that Ant-Man wouldn't be a part of 'Avengers 2'). However, there's a very simple reason why Ultron is making his first cinematic appearance in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and not 'Ant-Man' -- Wright never intended for Pym's nemesis to be in the film in the first place.
'Avengers' fans the world over were recently saddened to learn that Tom Hiddleston's fan-favorite fiend Loki wouldn't make an appearance in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' after 'Thor: The Dark World,' but that doesn't mean the "Asgardian Mussolini" couldn't put in appearance in Marvel's upcoming 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV series on ABC! So, what does Hiddleston have to say about the prospect of Loki popping up for some small-screen mischief?
Joss Whedon's announcement at San Diego Comic-Con that his 'Avengers 2' takes its official title from the 'Age of Ultron' comics sent an explosion of excitement throughout the buzzing Hall H, but apparently this plan was in the works for months prior. As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reiterated a point Whedon made, the movie won't follow the classic storyline and Ultron origin, instead utilizing plot points from various 'Avengers' adventures.
In the early days of the Marvel movie universe, Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson was the glue tying all of the films together. It all culminated with 'The Avengers,' where his links to each team member helped drive the story and connect each hero together. However, with the Marvel movies now sustaining themselves, he's become a luxury, not a requirement: everyone's favorite government official will not be in 'The Avengers 2,' now titled 'Age of Ultron.'