I know it's a little bit early to be making sweeping declarations about what's going to be in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) . But I've had some ideas lately, and I simply had to write them down. I hope you won't think I'm insane, but you probably will anyway.
Disclaimer: I have read NONE of any plot leaks for this movie, so you can rest assured you won't be spoilered. Even if some of these are correct, they're just predictions.
5. End-credits Scene Containing Ant-Man
This seems like the only probable subject for the end credits scene, lest Howard the Duck makes a reappearance. It will likely be a minimal-action teaser, kind of like the Avengers trailer at the end of The First Avenger. But still, it will be a significant event in the MCU, as no one really knows what to expect. Probably a bit of Michael Douglas monologuing, followed by a brief glimpse of Paul Rudd in his costume. And less than five minutes later, the internet will be exploding with people's opinions of it. Just the natural order of things.
4. Ultron is the Best Villain in the MCU So Far
Loki and The Winter Soldier stand out for most people as being the best two villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, but many expect Ultron to take that spot as soon as he hits the big screen. The way I see it, how could he not? Just the basis of his creation is going to spark internal rifts among the Avengers, as seen in the trailer. And not only that, but he's very evil and very powerful, not a good combination. Never has there been an effective villain that was so...cold, so ruthless. There isn't a shadow of doubt he'll strike fear into the hearts of millions in Age of Ultron.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Will Tie In - Somehow
Of course there's not going to be a full fledged crossover, but after the massive success of [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), Marvel would be foolish not to keep them fresh in people's minds-especially with the lengthy wait until the
It would have to be something trivial. Probably just a reference to a newspaper story of a kid getting abducted in the '80's. Even better would be some scientists talking about a strange space anomaly, something that almost resembled a battle. Or maybe even through Thanos into another post-credits scene where he talks about the two teams with someone.
2. A Major Character Dies
Okay, so this one isn't as bold. There's been a lot of circulation throughout the movie-nerd world that someone's gonna die, and a lot of it has pointed toward Captain America. Personally, I kinda think that's been disproven with the announcement of [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) . And since Tony Stark will also be in that one, it probably won't be him either. [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858) also kind of takes Thor out of the discussion. So that leaves Bruce Banner, Black Widow, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Vision. I don't think it's gonna be Black Widow or Hawkeye, because we've just come to appreciate them too much for Marvel to simply do away with. The Hulk makes too much money. Vision is to be portrayed by Paul Bettany, which leaves one to assume it's some kind of manifestation of J.A.R.V.I.S., and since J.A.R.V.I.S. is a robot, it's unlikely Ultron would be capable of/bother finding a way to completely eradicate him. I don't know what happens in the original comic because I haven't read it, but if I'm wrong about that assumption please let me know in the comments.
As for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Could be. We haven't formed much of an attachment to the characters, so it could be the smartest way to go in killing a few characters and not having a fan uprising. It could be a noteworthy character arc, having them do something selfless for the greater good of the mission. I still think that seems like more something Captain America would do, but having the twins do it is an interesting and creative approach to the whole idea.
1. Captain America will lift Thor's Hammer
I know it sounds ridiculous, but stay with me here. First of all, who would be more worthy than Steve Rogers to lift the mighty Mjolnir? Sometimes it seems he's more worthy than Thor himself. This was alluded to in the first trailer, where the Avengers all have a pissing contest to see who might be able to lift the hammer, with only Rogers having a glimpse of success (it seemed to have budged). And Thor sure looked scared when he tried. It would make sense for Steve to do something extra-heroic in the movie, sealing his worth. He picks up Mjolnir, and most likely beats the ever-living sh*t out of Ultron with it.
Well, those are my predictions. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and follow @chris_gollon on Twitter.