SPOILERS BELOW! MAJOR SPOILERS!
Jeremy Latchem, producer of the Avengers, and Joss Whedon have come out with new plot details for the upcoming sequel to the 2012 hit team-up.
Jeremy Latchem has the following to say about the film's opening.
“This movie starts off and the team is together, on a mission, they’re working in tandem, and there are new relationships between them. Time has passed, so you pick up right in the middle of an action sequence and start trying to catch up.”
“I think [it's] fun for an audience to try and figure out, ‘Wait, those two are funny together now, there’s something going on with them, maybe there’s a little tension over there.’ You’re showing up at a party when it’s already a little bit started.”
Joss Whedon added regarding Black Widow and Bruce Banner:
“They’re an unlikely pair, but there’s something about the two of them that neither can deny.”
He loves his female characters and has a special place for Black Widow.
“[[Black Widow](movie:1070824)] has a special place in my heart – there is one scene in each movie that was filmed pretty much unchanged from the first draft, and they’re both Natasha scenes. She’s just somebody that I feel like I get.”
Jeremy Latchem had more to unveil:
“S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen apart, so this movie becomes Tony Stark and Steve Rogers trying to put the Avengers together without a parental unit like Nick Fury hovering over them. What you realize is that these are guys who work best with rules, and probably do need some adult supervision.”
In regards to how Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will lead into Civil War
“Tony has been paying for everything, designing stuff, building new toys, he’s the benefactor of the whole thing. But Steve Rogers is very much in charge of operations and missions, he’s the moral compass. But how long can Tony Stark have someone else be in charge?”
Joss Whedon had this to say regarding the tone and genre of the film:
“With the first [Avengers], I set out to make a war movie. This time I said to Marvel, ‘I really want to make more of a science-fiction horror.’ But then in the first week I was like ‘This is clearly a western.’ “Then it became a war movie again, then, ‘Oh no, it’s a romantic comedy, a 1940s romantic comedy… No, it’s Ibsen! No, okay, it’s definitely an adventure. It’s an action comedy!’
“I suppose if it’s gonna get put in a category, it has got some science fiction in it, but for me, it’s just everything. And hopefully that doesn’t come out as ADD, but as what happens when you put these different people together, you get that kind of weird dissonance with their different worlds and styles, and you hopefully make music out of it, instead of a horrible cacophony.”
Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the film, revealed the reason behind her character and Quicksilver's resentment for [The Avengers](movie:9040):
“Our characters have a lot of anger, especially towards Tony Stark, and we want revenge. We meet Ultron, and he’s someone who preaches peace and… believes what we believe, which is that the Avengers create destruction and that Tony Stark’s bomb is responsible for killing our parents.”
Joss Whedon spoke about the key changes in Hawkeye's character from the first Avengers film.
“We got to do some interesting stuff with Hawkeye which is a different kind of dark. It’s been fun for Jeremy because he was possessed for so long last time – it’s interesting to not be a zombie!”
And lastly, Whedon isn't returning in the director's seat for any more Avengers films i.e no Infinity War 1 & 2. Straight to the Russos now.
“I cannot imagine directing a film with – if you’ll pardon the expression – more f**king people in it. I’d love to see one, though.”