Recently, Disney and Marvel Studios released a list of 13 "fun facts" about their upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Some of the items on the list are things that the avid Avengers fanatics will already know - but it's always nice to get confirmation on certain things.
Other items are pretty exciting to speculate about - such as the crazy cool designs Tony Stark made on the Hulkbuster suit and the insane sounding footage that we will see in the scenes taking place in Seoul, Korea. Let's walk through these 13 "fun facts" together, shall we?
Hulk Got Some New Undies
1. Hulk got a welcome upgrade to his wardrobe with the addition of stretchy pants, which he wears underneath his clothes. No more will he be caught in the embarrassing situation of being half-naked in shredded clothing when he Hulks out—the pants, made of high-tech, microfiber fabric, stretch with him.
This kind of attention to detail is just one extra reason as to what makes Marvel so great. How many jokes were made in the past by nit-picky fans poking fun at Hulk's stretchy, often purple, pants? We'll here you go, folks. That's right, Bruce Banner has some high-tech, Hulk-proof underwear. Now you know.
Hawkeye's New Arsenal
2. Thanks to Tony Stark's engineering skills, Hawkeye received an upgrade to his weaponry. He now has many new arrow tips that serve different purposes. Some of these are explained in the movie, and others the audience will just get the joy of seeing deployed on screen. Hawkeye's quiver has also changed — it is more automated and faster-loading, and is capable of holding nine arrows.
3. Hawkeye's bow also received a makeover, with the classic black color being changed to maroon. Added features to the bow include an infrared-sighting device and a sonic-sighting device.
There's a cool little video that Marvel and the folks at Cineplex put together that interviews the prop master behind the scenes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We get some nice details on the different array of arrows Hawkeye will be using in the movie and a look at how that super cool quiver works.
Captain America's Magnets
4. An exciting change was also made to Captain America's shield. It now has the ability to be called back, much like the Iron Man suits. Instead of having two handles in the back, the shield now has a magnetic element that clips onto Cap's gauntlet.
This is something got a pretty nice reveal in the latest TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Captain America has a pretty sweet electro-magnetic hook up to his glove and arm that can snap his shield back in place in a very cool fashion. No longer does Cap always have to rely on a good ricochet shot to bring his shield back home.
Black Widow's Batons
5. Courtesy of Tony Stark, Black Widow gets to flaunt new fighting batons, which are based on Escrima Sticks. But Black Widow's two sticks are charged exactly the same as her stingers, so when she jabs, she is not only striking her opponent, but delivering a massive jolt of power as well.
One of the best reveals in the third theatrical trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was Black Widow activating her new badass batons. The cool piping that her suit has got definitely gives Black Widow a more menacing look - and makes it appear like she's constantly charged with power that is ready to be unleashed.
6. On this film, production designer Charles Wood and his team built an enormous new Avengers Tower set that is the largest set ever built for a Marvel film. Much of the movie takes place there on its many different levels. A large expanse of glass opens the view to New York City, and one can also see a hangar for the Quinjet. The multiple environments are all connected, with the ability to move from downstairs to upstairs and vice versa.
7. The Avengers Tower set is designed to serve the story in multiple ways. In the movie, the Tower, designed and built by Tony Stark, is a gathering place for the Avengers — a place to plan, do business, relax or study. There is a lounge area, three laboratory areas plus a machine room, a gym, a relaxation area and a locker room. The Tower was also designed to provide everything Tony Stark needs for his work and research.
Wow. This indeed does sound like quite the set. A lot of these areas have been given a moment or two in the various trailers but there is something in fun fact number 7 that is rather intriguing. The description doesn't quite offer an explanation as to what the difference is between "a lounge area" and "a relaxation area" so perhaps it is just another mystery that Avengers: Age of Ultron will solve.
Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver
8. New characters entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the comic book world are Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), who have powers that have not yet been seen on screen. Pietro is lightning fast and Wanda possesses the power of telekinesis, and she is able to fire neurons in people's brains remotely using her powers and as a result can manipulate their minds.
The bit here about "remotely using her powers" is a nice little tease about how dangerous Scarlet Witch can be in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We've seen her casting her hex on Black Widow in the third trailer but I also have a feeling we'll be seeing how she can detonate a bomb in Bruce Banner's brain like flipping a switch and not having to be standing right next to him to do it.
A Unique Vision
9. Another new character on The Avengers team is Vision, played by Paul Bettany, who previously had voiced Jarvis in the Iron Man films. He's an artificial life form whose look is truly unique. Vision’s powers are spectacular and he represents a new power base for The Avengers team.
Vision may be the element of Avengers 2 that I'm most eager to see get unveiled in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The tease for Vision has been really effective and there is so much potential for the character and where they could take him in future movies that he's definitely on the top of the list of things I'll be geeking out over.
Satellite of Hulkbuster Love
10. The Hulkbuster is an iconic piece of Iron Man tech — a prebuilt super-suit designed to take on the Hulk. The Hulkbuster Armor was developed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, after they studied the Hulk's physical actions and strength levels in an effort to find a way to contain him and minimize the damage caused by his rages. A satellite in low orbit is always around Banner and at a moment's notice, Tony Stark can deploy the Hulkbuster armor, get into it and stop the Hulk in his tracks — theoretically.
Theoretically! We've received plenty of looks at the epic battle that Hulk and Iron Man get into and we've even heard some details about how this battle starts out. This is perhaps my favorite of the fun facts as it gives some nice detail on how the Hulbuster suit can be deployed - low orbit satellite! How cool is that?
New & Improved Quinjet
11. The redesigned Quinjet has a more militaristic look this time around and the pilots are now able to have a good look at the environment around them while flying. The design of the canopy was based on a helicopter cockpit with glass in front and below, which will give audiences a tremendous sense of speed when the Quinjet is flying through city airspace. The interior has been stripped down to a more utilitarian, sleek space as well, with many of the luxurious finishes and padding removed for an edgier look.
Tony Stark actually had some luxurious finishes removed? You don't say?
Remote Control Seoul
12. A unique asset to the production in Seoul was the use of drones and remote control cars to put the camera in places that could never be achieved by camera operators or helicopters. The production enlisted the expertise of brothers Menstru Pa, who is the Korean National Champion in drone flying, and Pak Min Keu, who is the Korean National Champion in remote car racing.
The sequence in Seoul is looking like it will be one of the biggest action set pieces in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We've seen Captain America and Ultron on top of a truck with Black Widow getting dropped out of the Quinjet. We've seen Ultron minions flying all over the city sending cars spinning around - it's going to be epic. The news that we'll be getting shots that were achieved by using drones and remote controlled cars makes this scene just that much more anticipated.
Thor Got Some New Duds
13. Dressing the Super Heroes for a pivotal party scene was a task that fell to veteran costume designer Alexandra Byrne. Since it is the first time that Thor has ever been seen in party clothes, Byrne worked with Chris Hemsworth to find the right combination of jeans, jacket and shirt that would dress his shape and not look themed or fancy. Dressing Tony Stark was easier, especially since Robert Downey Jr. wanted a very sophisticated look. Subsequently it was off to London's famous Savile Row for tailoring. After five fittings, Tony Stark emerged looking quite elegant.
The "fun facts" of course end on the most crucial of elements - the wardrobe. Indeed, in the pivotal party scene, the gang is looking quite elegant. Except for maybe Hawkeye, who maybe just doesn't do elegant.
What's your favorite fun fact? Sound off in the comments below!