by Brett White
We're now firmly in the "wild speculation" and "rumors are everywhere" stage of "Avengers: Age of Ultron's" development, so do please take this update with a grain of salt or thirty. A call for extras on Feature Film Casting reveals a plot synopsis for the sequel, but we can't be sure if it's actually the plot synopsis. If true, it reveals a heckuva change to Ultron's origin—one that Joss Whedon may have already hinted at himself.
You can check out the full synopsis after the jump!
Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Studios are now in pre-production on the upcoming sci-fi themed superhero feature film "The Avengers: Age of Ultron", and casting directors are auditioning actors for starring, co-starring, and supporting roles. The film's photo doubles and stand-ins for the starring actors, as well as general extras and featured background actors will be cast closer to the start of filming. The locations where outdoor principal photography will take place are in and around London, England. Indoor sound stage filming will take place at Shepperton Studios. Shooting begins in February, 2014.
In "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" Loki is gone and the new villain will be the evil robot Ultron, who has the ability to keep upgrading his own strength, making him extremely fearsome. Tony Stark/Iron Man becomes the unwitting creator of Ultron. The brother-and-sister team of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch become the seventh and eighth members of The Avengers. Quicksilver has extreme speed, while Scarlet Witch can cast spells and has telekinesis ability. Black Widow and Hawkeye will be key figures in the film.
This doesn't read like an official synopsis; it reads more like a summation of a lot of different "Age of Ultron" updates and obvious facts—with one big doozy tossed in there.
Whedon has already said that Ultron's original creator, Hank Pym, won't be in the film. "In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix," Whedon told Marvel.com. "He's not. We're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."
Tony Stark being Ultron's new father makes sense following the trajectory of "Iron Man 3." It's not a stretch to say that Tony's post-"Avengers" build-a-thon resulted in some artificial intelligence in addition to all of those armors. Stark already has a sort of A.I. in the form of Jarvis, so the deed may have already been done. And to throw some behind-the-scenes theories into the mix, Robert Downey Jr. signed on for two "Avengers" sequels. I would imagine that Downey wouldn't want to come back for anything that amounted to a cameo; making him Ultron's creator makes him super integral to the movie.
What this does to Hank Pym's character—who director Edgar Wright has confirmed will be in his "Ant-Man" film—could be massive, though. Creating Ultron and his guilt over doing so is one of Pym's unique qualities. Take that away and what is he? He's not a billionaire or a playboy or a philanthropist, so...
But why Ultron? Whedon told Total Film why he chose the villain, and it's mainly because he's one of the few bad guys who can actually pose a threat to the team.
"I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie," said Whedon ."I was like, 'I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.' Because he's been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history... He was great. He's somebody who can juice things up and he's a real problem for the Avengers. That's not always easy to find. It's not like the Vulture is really going to give them a hard time for 20 minutes."