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Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

This is the officially released synopsis of the next Marvel Studios film, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035). While this seems to be a rather brief overview of the movie, the idea has really opened my eyes to something I haven't noticed much before now: a recurring theme in the most recent of the studios' productions. First, we must review some of the final words in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as if the fact that they come so close to the end of the movie isn't hint enough of foreshadowing.

Committee General: Well, he could explain how this country's expected to maintain its national security now that he and you have laid waste our intelligence apparatus.
{...}Scudder: Agent, you should know that there are some on this committee who feel, given your service record, both for this country and against it, that you belong in a penitentiary, not mouthing off on Capitol Hill.

Natasha Romanoff: You're not gonna put me in a prison. You're not gonna put any of us in a prison. You know why? Because you need us. Yes, the world is a vulnerable place, and yes, we helped make it that way. But we're also the ones best qualified to defend it. So if you want to arrest me, arrest me. You'll know where to find me.

This is the most recent claim in a series of endless mentions by the government that the superheroes are actually the biggest threat to the country. The first major claim to the dangers of superheroes were made in Iron Man 2 when the government held the hearing about having Tony Stark overturn the Iron Man suit to the government. The second came at the end of The Avengers in which the mysterious government silhouettes asked Nick Fury why he would simply let the potentially dangerous Avengers loose after saving New York.

government silhouettes
government silhouettes

Since the first time the group convened, the President of the United States has almost been assassinated in Iron Man 3 using one of the Iron Man suits, the Homeland Security organization (SHIELD) has been taken down, and billions of tax payer dollars have gone into repairing New York City and the demolition of the three multi-billion-dollar Helicarriers. The government clearly is not happy with the Avengers, and without Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. there to defend them, I feel something coming.

We know from the description of the footage shown at the San Diego Comic-Con that Ultron approaches the Avengers and declares that he has found the solution to world peace: the destruction of the supers, which one might infer is a result of the dormant peacekeeping program talked about in the new synopsis. On top of this, the rumors about the movie describe the army of Ultrons as being a worldwide police force, most likely under control by the government with Tony Stark's permission.

Could the government be behind Ultron's belief that the superheroes are dangerous? We know for a fact Tony Stark activates the so-called peace protocol, but it never said that he wrote the protocol. Predicting the Ultron bots are a collaboration with STARK Industries and the Government, could Tony have accidentally activated a government mission to eradicate the Avengers?

In the comics, possibly the most influential Marvel comic storyline is known as the Superhero Civil War, in which the government attempts to make the superheroes register with the government and therefore submit their secret identities for the government's knowledge. While this exact government bill can't be replicated in movies due to the heroes' open identities, there are plenty of other things that can come between the two. The registration act in the comics is accredited to have been written due to massive damage to Manhattan (which we've seen in the first Avengers) and the deaths of civilians at the hand of a Hulk rampage (which we've been told will take place early on in Avengers: Age of Ultron in Johannesburg, South Africa).

Hulk & Iron Man
Hulk & Iron Man

Knowing that Hulk & Iron Man fight in the film, which will be the first time two Avengers have fought each other since the establishment of the team, already hints at some potential tension between teammates. Joss Whedon, director, stated that keeping the team together will be a major conflict in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It’s got a sci-fi element to it that’s stronger than the other film. And it’s a little bit darker. Getting the team together was so rousing, but keeping the team together is a completely different problem.

Knowing this, alongside the recent rumors that Captain America will form a new superhero team at the end of the film (which could be the Secret Avengers, the organization fighting against the government bill) and that Captain America is highly predicted to die in Captain America 3 (which marks the end of the Civil War in the comics) makes the storyline not only possible, but would explain lots of missing pieces of the MCU puzzle.

Recently, when the directors of Captain America 3 were asked about the Civil War storyline, they immediately began to talk about another fan favorite title of The Fallen Son, which coincidentally is the storyline that follows the world's reaction to Captain America's death right after the Civil War. They did not address the Civil War storyline, but rather changed the subject completely in what sounds to me to be a nervous jibe at trying to keep off the topic.

With [Captain America 3](movie:994409) coming so soon after Avengers 2 (almost exactly a year apart), it seems obvious that the two will be almost directly connected to each other. Recently, the Russo brothers revealed that the title of Captain America 3 will be revealed to the public soon. New York Comic-Con is quickly approaching, and Marvel seemed to have nothing to say about Doctor Strange or Captain America 3 at the San Diego Comic-Con except "We're not ready yet, but you will find out soon."


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