[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) was released yesterday on digital download, and the DVD & Blu-Ray are set to release on the 2nd October 2015, featuring all the behind-the-scenes features, audio commentary, deleted scenes and bloopers that Joss Whedon can throw at us. And as the Marvel Cinematic Universe wraps up Phase 2 with the release of Ant-Man, we take a quick look at what we learned about Phase 3 from Age of Ultron.
[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) - Iron Man's Bleeding Edge Armour
If you've read the Extremis arc of the Iron Man comic you'll be familiar with the Extremis armour/Model 30. If not, here's a very quick recap: during the events of Extremis Tony Stark needs to become more powerful/heal quickly from a mortal wound, so asks Maya Hansen (who you may remember from Iron Man 3) to use the Extremis serum to force his body to become one with the Iron Man suit. Tony being Tony, messed with the dose so that he could link himself to his armour and gain techno-kinesis. Following this procedure he is able to contain a control sheath for the Iron Man armour within the hollows of his bones, emerging on command to allow him to autonomously control the suit.
The Bleeding Edge armour (Model 38) was the next stage to the Extremis model, the entire armour being contained within Tony's body in the form of nano-machines which he can mentally command to form upon his skin. The armour that Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) sports in Age of Ultron does look similar to the Bleeding Edge, and there's been reports of on-set photos from Civil War that show the next stage of the armour bears even more resemblance.
Will we see the full capacities of the Bleeding Edge armour in future films? Here's to hoping.
[Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) - Hel
It's pretty safe to say that Thor's Scarlet Witch-induced nightmare sequence will set up the events of Thor: Ragnarok as he travels back to Asgard at the end of Age of Ultron in search of answers to what he saw. In his vision Thor (Chris Hemsworth) watches an Asgardian party as it decays around him. Heimdall (Idris Elba), eyes white rather than orange-red, grabs Thor and accuses him of damning them all to Hel.
"Heimdall, your eyes!"
"They see everything. They see you leading us to Hel."
In the Marvel norse mythology, Hel is part of Niflheim, one of the Nine Worlds/Realms. Rather than the Christian mythos of Hell, it's not a place of suffering but merely a resting place for the souls of regular dead folk.
The mention of the Hel rather than Valhalla is important as it's the afterlife where regular folk go, not those who die as heroes. And anyone who's familiar with Norse mythology will know that there's no greater honour than to die a hero and go to Valhalla; for them to be sent to Hel instead would be an shameful and meaningless death.
Regardless of which afterlife we're talking about, the mention of Hel and the visions Thor witnesses set us up quite nicely for a Ragnarok. The deleted scene with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) too would've tied into this - as Loki currently sits upon the throne of Asgard in the guise of Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Black Panther - Ulysses Klaw
Remember this dude?
A minor character in Age of Ultron, Ulysses Klaue - A.K.A Klaw - (Andy Serkis) will be a big player in the upcoming Black Panther.
In the comics Klaue is a supervillain who has fought the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, and he's an enemy of Black Panther (T'Challa). He's a physicist working in sonics, for which he steals vibranium (the incredibly rare metal which Captain America's shield is made from) from Wakanda (Black Panther's nation - the only source of vibranium). He murders T'Chaka (T'Challa's father) to do this, and loses his right hand. He later replaces his lost hand with a sonic emitter/gun which can create any kind of object or creature he wishes by using sound. (It doesn't have to make sense, it's a comic book).
In Age of Ultron he's an arms dealer rather than a physicist, and he carries a Wakandian brand on his neck which means "thief", so by this point he's clearly already crossed the nation, and possibly already killed T'Chaka. He loses an arm here too but not at the hands of Black Panther, instead his arm is taken by Ultron as punishment for Klaue comparing him to Tony Stark.
Klaue will reappear in Black Panther, presumably with something dangerous in the place of his missing arm (though perhaps not a sonic emitter).