It seems that not even the people on Marvel Studios' innermost circles know very much about the studios next big blockbuster: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Cast members including Scarlet Johannson and Mark Ruffalo didn't even get the first draft of their scripts until late November / Early December. Anthony Mackie, who stars as the Falcon in upcoming Captain America 2, even mentioned in a recent interview that he pesters Marvel on a regular basis as to knowledge of if he is to be included in the film, saying:
"I call all of them at Marvel every Monday. I'm like, 'So have y'all decided if I'm in Avengers 2 yet? I'll get on the bus to Albuquerque tomorrow!' I wanted to be a superhero from the first day that I started in this business, and to have the opportunity to be a superhero is kind of remarkable. If I get the opportunity to be in The Avengers 2, 3, 7 and 18, there's no way I would complain or balk at any part of that."
It's about time Marvel hired an actor whose as committed to the characters as we are! If only the same could be said about Ed Norton's The Incredible Hulk. But perhaps this puts things into perspective as to just how much the film is being kept on the down-low: some of the potential minor actors don't even know if they're going to be in the film yet. To top it all off, principal filming commenced earlier this week in South Africa and is set to continue filming today and tomorrow in Italy.
Age of Ultron seems to be under wraps even more so than Marvel Studios Phase 3 movies including Thor 3, which is currently getting a script written, and Captain America 3 which already has hired directors and Anthony Mackie openly talks about his character's definite future in! Reports of The Vision being in Age of Ultron didn't come about until the actor playing him was spotted on set. Perhaps the lack of leaks are unfortunate for news reporters like I, but it will surely serve to make on heck of a story for this year's Comic-Con and build-up before the film's premiere.
Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres May 1st, 2015.