The official title of The Avengers 2 was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.
Joss Whedon‘s eagerly-anticipated sequel is called The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Though it shares its title with a comic book series called Age Of Ultron published by Marvel earlier this year (2013), Whedon has confirmed that the film won’t use the same storyline. “We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron,” he explained in a Marvel video interview.
Ultron, a well-known supervillain from the Marvel universe, is described in his official bio as “a criminally insane rogue sentient robot dedicated to the conquest and the extermination of humanity”.
The sequel’s logo was projected onto a video screen in the Comic-Con lecture hall during the Marvel panel on Saturday night (July 20) and Marvel executive Ryan Penagos soon shared it on Twitter:
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 21, 2013
Last month (June), Robert Downey Jr signed a deal to return as Iron Man in the new Avengers movie. The rest of the cast has yet to be confirmed but Marvel has promised a mix of “favourites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen”.
Writer-director Whedon is currently working on the script and shooting is due to begin in London early next year (2014). The Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in cinemas on May 1, 2015.