Avengers 2 Age of Ultron now officially the next Marvel movie to come out. It will be released on May 1st of next year.
We know a lot about this movie. We know it will feature the Avengers Tower, we know that Ultron will be the unwitting creation on Tony Stark, and that [Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch](movie:1081109) are set to join the team. We know that Iron Man will need to take on the Hulk in his Hulkbuster armor, and that Captain America's Shield will be shattered.
For all this, though, there are still some fundamental unanswered questions. Let's take a look through some of the most pressing:
Black Panther & Captain America's Shield
Black Panther is one of the most highly anticipated heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he may still make an appearance in Avengers 2 Age of Ultron. The fact that there was filming in South Africa helps this theory, of course, but what may be more crucial is the broken shield of Captain America.
Captain America's shield is incredibly strong. As anyone who remembers the scene in [The Avengers](movie:9040) will know, it deflected a blow from Thor's Hammer Mjolnir without too much trouble. So what is capable of shattering it like that? Was it Ultron?
Ultron, in the comics, is made from Adamantium, the same super-strong metal that Wolverine has for his skeleton. There is, however, one material still stronger, and it is only found in Black Panther's home country of Wakanda. Vibranium!
Now, Black Panther has previously been responsible for giving Captain America his shield, after Cap helped protect Wakanda from Nazi Invasion in the 1940s. Is this exchange something we will see in Avengers 2? Will that be how Cap gets his shield back?
The DEATH Of An Avenger, or The Birth of DEATH!?
Joss Whedon, when he was asked what fans should expect from Avengers 2, once replied: "Death, death & death". Naturally, a lot has been made of that comment, as he must have known it would, but does it mean that we will see one of the Avengers die, and if so, who?
Some fans speculated that it would be Captain America - and that broken shield did not bode well - but we know that [Captain America 3](movie:994409) is coming the following year (and Iron Man will feature! That's right, it's CIVIL WAR). So Captain America and Iron Man are out. Will it be Black Widow? Hulk?
The other option of course is that Whedon, was not teasing *a* death, he was teasing DEATH!
Death is the mistress of Thanos, and the entire reason for his quest to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet and destroy the Universe is that he wants to please her. Could she make an appearance in Avengers 2 Age of Ultron?
Where are the Infinity Stones?
Other question fans of Avengers 2 Age of Ultron have been puzzling over is - if Marvel are building towards Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos (as recent movies like [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462) and Guardians of the Galaxy would suggest) where are the Infinity Stones in Avengers 2?
Thor 2 introduced the Aether, The Avengers had the Tesseract and we saw the Power Orb in Guardians - so why would Marvel suddenly change tack and have an enemy in Ultron who is entirely technologically based? Could it be that Ultron only *begins* as a discarded robot of Tony Stark, and then is brought to life by one of the Infinity Stones, perhaps the Soul Stone?
There is no *real* evidence for this one yet, but it makes sense. But what do you think?
Will [Black Panther](movie:9047) appear in Avengers 2 Age of Ultron? What did Joss Whedon mean when he said fans should expect "death"? Will we see an Infinity Stone? Write in with your answers to these questions below the line!