In “The Avengers,” Earth’s mightiest heroes had it easy. All they had to worry about was the single threat of Loki — and, admittedly, his invading alien army. But one well-deployed nuclear bomb shot from New York and carried through to the far side of the universe took care of that problem right quick.
But in the upcoming sequel, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Captain America and friends will face deadlier threats — and yes, that’s “threats,” plural, as in more than one. At least four, in fact, as “Age of Ultron” features incoming HYDRA menace Baron von Strucker (played by Thomas Kretschmann) and his cohorts, “The Twins,” super-siblings Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
All three of those characters debuted in the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” mid-credits sequence, and even though Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are best-known for their heroics, it sounds as if they’ll start the film on the wrong side of the law.
Then, of course, there’s the titular robot menace himself: Ultron, played by “The Blacklist” actor James Spader. The maniacal machine is one of the most hotly-awaited villains in the superhero movie scene, and writer-director Joss Whedon is having a field day with the character.
"I’m having a blast with Ultron," he told Empire in a new interview. "He’s not a creature of logic — he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is."
Four villains for the “Avengers” sequel, assuming there aren’t others in the works, and not even counting any other android allies Ultron might recruit along the way. Is that three villains too many? Is Whedon simply adding these characters to put a smile on fans’ faces? Absolutely not, according to the man himself.
"I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that," he stressed. "But last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict."
Not that Tom Hiddleston isn’t enough to carry the weight against the Avengers, but it’s comforting to know that the sequel will be an appropriately super-sized affair.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.
This wolf was a goofball. He was trying to lick my camera. Almost got it, too
mother: is it a boy or a girl?
doctor: *puts baby between teeth* it’s a metaphor
is it fuzz or a small insect? you have .4 seconds to decide
Idk I think feminism should be called something different like common sense or something
if you get a group of at least five people between their late teens and early/middish twenties and have one of them quote spongebob squarepants i swear to god they can kill half an hour at minimum just quoting random and often unrelated spongebob snippets back and forth at each other nigh verbatim without any other conversation, this is basically science
needs to be put up in every school
My 6 1/2 month old puppy experiences central air for the first time
"Okay, should we get some coffee?"
i want to go on a shopping trip where i am the only one in the shopping mall and everything i want is free
that’s called night robbery
so be it
the first step towards confidence is not being afraid to be ugly
once you get over the fear of being unattractive and stop equating beauty with other good things in life (friends, love, happiness) it’s a lot easier to love yourself unconditionally
your job is not to sit around and be pretty and easy on everyone else’s eyes
your job is to do whatever the fuck you want and look however the fuck you want while doing it
still upset that the films never acknowledge that Peeta loses a limb in the first arena and goes through the Quarter Quell with a prosthetic leg
or that Katniss has suffered permanent hearing loss in one of her ears and now requires a hearing aid
or, you know, the Avoxes
because, you know, why show disabled people doing things