Disney's annual shareholder meetings could be the new San Diego Comic-Con. Not that Disney really needs to worry about bringing in new revenue but if they rented out a convention center for these meetings, brought surprise guests and sold tickets, it could easily rival Comic-Con itself. Maybe it isn't such a shocking rumor that Marvel Studios won't be making the trip to San Diego this year.
Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel & More!
Now that Disney has Marvel and Star Wars in their arsenal, last week during the shareholder meeting we received the official title of the first Star Wars spin-off, Rouge One, some footage from Pixar's Inside Out and the seemingly inevitable news of Frozen 2 being put into production. But some important [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) Hulkbuster news also made its way out of this meeting as well.
Monster vs Machine!
Over at Stitch Kingdom, a lucky so-and-so posted a report from the meeting that gives a pretty good description and breakdown of an extended Avengers 2 clip that was screened from the much anticipated showdown between Iron Man and Hulk.
The clip starts with those police arriving at the scene as the Hulk is cutting a path of destruction through the streets of what is likely the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. Cars are being tossed about and it's all out panic in the streets. The police open fire but, as we all know, humans and their puny weapons only make Hulk angrier.
Enter Iron Man, who descends upon the scene and tells the police to "Hold your fire". He doesn't arrive in the Hulkbuster suit - instead pieces of the suit are following close behind him. First a Tony Stark designed Hulk cage attempts to form itself around the Hulk and trap him inside. Naturally, this doesn't work out so well and Hulk breaks through and crushes puny Hulk cage.
Then the Hulkbuster suit forms "almost in Mark 42 fashion" and Tony tries to reason with the Hulk and break through to Bruce Banner saying, "The witch is messing with your brain. You’re smarter than her, you’re Bruce Banner." Confirming that this particular Hulk rampage is indeed the nasty work of the Scarlet Witch casting a hex on Banner.
As can be expected, this attempt as reasoning only makes Hulk smashier. And so it begins - The Battle of Hulk vs. Hulkbuster as they tear up the streets of the city and send cars and people scattering in all directions. The description puts the Hulkbuster with the advantage in the early going until Hulk gets on Iron Man's back and impales his shoulder with a traffic light pole!
Iron Man replies with my favorite bit of this description, "Dick move, Banner." The fight rages on as the damaged pieces of the Hulkbuster are quickly replaced by new parts that fly in and attach themselves. The Hulkbuster has the advantage again as Tony repeatedly is pounding Hulk's head into the ground. "Sleep, go to sleep," sings Stark.
Finally, the end of the clip shows off an interesting feature of the Hulkbuster suit as the description says the arm of the suit wraps itself around Hulk's arm and traps him as the Iron Man launches into the air, dragging the angry Hulk up and away with him. And thus ends the clip.
Very cool indeed. I love all the potential Hulkbuster design elements that Joss Whedon is playing with in this description - the cage, the supply of replacement parts that can fly in. And of course, the snappy Tony Stark one-liners. It's definitely shaping up to be one of the most epic scenes in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035).
Unfortunately, but unexpectedly, the clip doesn't really give us any better sense of when in the movie it takes place. Since we can probably safely assume that Scarlet Witch eventually becomes an ally to the Avengers later in the movie, does this hex that she puts on the Hulk take affect immediately resulting in this showdown being a mid-point highlight in the movie?
Or does the hex brew in Bruce Banner, making him vulnerable throughout until something triggers him and he finally snaps at the end of the movie and the destruction of this city by the Hulk leads to the events of Captain America: Civil War?
It's hard to say now, but even if this fight did take place in the middle of the movie, the repercussions of the Hulk rampage could still be what sets off the Superhuman Registration act and the events of Civil War. Luckily we don't have that much longer to wait to find out! [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) opens in the U.S. on May 1st.