During last night's prime-time special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, we received our first look at concept art from the highly-anticipated sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and more from Marvel Studios.
The special walked us through the Marvel Cinematic Universe from its inception with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and the build to The Avengers and Marvel’s Phase Two. The special also covered the various One-Shot’s like Agent Carter and All Hail the King, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before tackling the upcoming films of Phase Two and releasing a few new concept images, including our first looks at some characters from Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’ll take a look at some of the concept art released and what they potentially reveal about the upcoming films.
First up we have our first look at Pietro Maximoff AKA Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This eases the minds of some fans, especially after we saw our first look at Bryan Singer’s take on the speedster in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is terrible, to be perfectly honest.
Next up is Pietro’s twin sister Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. This is a great look for Wanda, because it avoids the superhero hurdle (SW’s costume is not exactly realistic) while remaining in character for Wanda, who we are very excited to see Olsen portray in the sequel.
Hulkbuster Armor! Iron Man’s specially designed armor that was sort of teased in Iron Man 3 (the Igor model had everyone seeing Hulkbuster) finally shows up to take on Hulk, and it is sure to be epic. This is a moment fans have been waiting for since the start of the MCU with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk started Marvel’s Phase One.
So what do these released images reveal? First of all, it is interesting to note that Quicksilver is speeding through a gauntlet of robotic bodies, which falls in line with a few Avenger storylines that feature an army of robotic Ultrons. Not much revealed by Scarlet Witch’s image besides the costume, however I can’t stop thinking of Wundagore Mountain when i look at it, which is where Pietro and Wanda were raised. Subliminal images, maybe?
Hulk is obviously still working with the team and there will be lots of destruction, as evidenced by the image of Hulk and Black Widow. With it still being so early in the production of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we have a ton of questions about Ultron and exactly what kinds of abilites he will possess in the film. For instance, in the comics he has been able to take over Stark’s armors to use as an army for himself, which the Hulkbuster concept image seems to support, unless Hulk is losing it and the Avengers have to take him on.
The Ant-Man images we have seen before from the test footage, but with actors cast and production gearing up it won’t be too long until we see some official looks at the characters.
And finally a few new images from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy which feature Star-Lord, Groot, and of course, Rocket Raccoon. The special mainly focused on the “new” aspect of the Guardians, which is helping open up the cosmic side of the MCU. It also offered another very brief glimpse of Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, if you were watching closely.
So while nothing too huge was revealed in the special, it did offer us just enough to keep us excited for the next crop of films from Marvel Studios. Because we needed more reasons to be excited.
I highly recommend checking out Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe if possible, as it explores the development of the MCU with the cast and crew that were responsible for it, while focusiwith all the players involved, and really showcases the risks and rewards Marvel has experienced in bringing these characters to the big screen.
What did you think of the ABC special? Did it pump you up for some more Marvel Studios films or are you getting tired of hearing about the MCU? Let us know in the comments section below!
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