During the climactic ending of 's Phase Two superhero sequel, the luxury superhero extravaganza that was Iron Man 3, Tony Stark eventually got that annoying piece o' shrapnel out of his chest and waved farewell his Arc Reactor. But everyone knows that the Iron Man story don't end there...
We take his arc reactor out, but I think we also make a pretty definite statement that he is Iron Man. And although Joss isn't part of the process as such, he saw all the cuts of the movie, so I've got to assume he knows exactly what he wants to do with Tony in [The Avengers: Age of Ultron] and how we've left [Tony Stark] is going to help that, not hinder it.
As the guy who moved Tony's equipment more toward autonomous robots than ever before, Pearce is looking forward to whatever comes from Ultron's involvement in the sequel, too:
Obviously, Age of Ultron suggests that in Avengers 2 there will definitely be some level of, if not giant evil robots, then definitely a robotic or artificial intelligence entity. I may or may not have been excited about it for a year. Not every aspect of Phase Two is planned already, but Joss has been thinking about it for a year and Kevin has been thinking about what Avengers 2 does since the first film. The scale I think they're going to reach for is going to be truly epic, which is incredible when you consider how epic Avengers was. But on a character level the story will actually be smaller, or at least more intimate. It's hard to put a list together of all the things Joss [Whedon] is good at as a writer, but definitely in the top five would be dealing with the shifting dynamics of a large group of characters.
Acknowledging the popular theory that Tony Stark may be the creator of Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pearce warned fans against getting too attached to the idea:
There is a hell of a lot of rumors, though. Ultron may be something that appears in Guardians of the Galaxy, or it might appear in the Thor universe. I've read a lot of stuff online, and I don't think anyone has got close to the real plan yet.
I was actually kinda hoping that Whedon would just completely ignore Iron Man 3. It did nothing to contribute anything helpful to the overall MCU, besides maybe add hope for a real Mandarin down the road. Still, although The Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't come out until May 1, 2015, but I have no doubt it's going to be freakin' amazing! What are your thoughts on Pearce's words? Sound off below!