They’re bringing out the Hulkbuster.
That was the biggest reveal out of Marvel’s Assembling a Universe documentary that aired Tuesday night in place of its titular television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Hulkbuster, which appeared in three different variants over the course of an array of Marvel comic book series, was developed by three different organizations in an effort to either control the giant green monster or defeat him.
Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, and his team showed off the first concept image of what the Hulkbuster will look like –in true Iron Man colours- as the gargantuous robot takes on its beastly counterpart.
From the colours of the Hulkbuster shown, and continuing with the general direction that Marvel Studios has decided to take for its cinematic universe, it’s most likely this is one of Shield’s Hulkbusters.
In a dream world, and I don’t use dream world lightly, this Hulkbuster would be one of Nick Fury’s, used to track down enormous threats in the Marvel universe including the Osbornes and Venom. Let’s face it though, when it comes to Sony giving the rights of their top superhero over to Disney, chances are less than highly unlikely.
The other big showcase of the special, in relation to Age of Ultron, was the first concept design of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the first two X-Men characters to cross over into the Marvel Cinematic universe.
“We are introducing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and they do not start off being the best of friends with the Avengers,” Joss Whedon, the director behind the Avengers movies, said.
From what I can tell, the concept of the two characters –which have been viewed as villains in the X-Men universe for the most part – is vastly different from Fox’s X-Men series counterpart. Whedon and his team have decided to stick to the classic look of the comic series, down to the colour of the costumes and their mannerisms while in action.
Having the two new characters, however, is exactly what Marvel Studios has continuously tried to do with the Cinematic Universe: expand it.
“One of the best thing about the Avengers is that it’s a shifting roster. The team can be quite different, and we wanted to explore that, so we wanted to bring some new members into the mix,” Feige said.
Age of Ultron, in every aspect, is looking to best its predecessor.
Whedon explained the first film allowed Marvel Studios to explore the origin of the superhero collective, but the second one will focus on whether they can sustain the relationships they forged in the first one; an area that will be tested when two new faces are thrown into the mix.
Whedon did promise, with a smirk, that Age of Ultron would certainly be a much bigger cinematic experience than the first one.
““It’s going to be a little more grown up than the first one. A little scarier, a little funkier, but in the end it’s got the same extraordinary characters, a little humour, and yes, there may be some punching.”