With a lot of the attention and focus of Avengers: Age of Ultron being on the villain Ultron (played by James Spader), and and the prospect of future tie-in material, the majority of the main cast members have been relatively quiet about the movie. Scarlett Johansson has already finished her time with Captain America: The Winter Solider, and is prepping for her next run with Avengers, and had a little bit to say about the production to come. During her run of promoting her latest film, Spike Jonze’s “Her”, she gave up a little inside information about Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“I think the script is dark and it’s dry. It has got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor. Obviously, the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next instalment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing. It feels like these characters are moving forward. Plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel Universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”
It sounds like the early rumors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s darker tones bleeding over into the next Avengers film may have some weight. I feel like you can’t follow up a film on the level of the first Avengers without upping the stakes. Avengers was considered to be “unfilmable” by most Marvel fans, and Whedon came in and blew us all away. Now he must not only wow us again, but bring us to our knees. No more smoke and mirror parlor tricks like most sequels tend to do. No rehashes, no repeating the same material.
I’m sure all of the returning cast members, as well as newcomers Elisabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), will work well together. I still can’t wait to find out how they end up introducing Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to the team, but we’ll have to wait until May 1st, 2015 to find out!