1. The Science Bros are causing trouble. “Banner’s been
living in Stark Tower, and [he and Tony] have been working side by
side,” Mark Ruffalo shares. “Banner has his own lab now, he’s doing work
that augments Tony’s work, that could lead to a horrible experiment
2. Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will
have a lot more to do this time out. “We got to do some interesting
stuff with Hawkeye which is a different kind of dark,” Whedon teases.
“It’s been fun for Jeremy because he was possessed for so long last time
– it’s interesting to not be a zombie!”
3. One of the key new relationships will be between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff, who already had a close shave in The Avengers
when the Hulk almost ripped her apart. “They’re an unlikely pair, but
there’s something about the two of them that neither can deny,” says
Whedon, while Ruffalo describes them as “kindred spirits”.
4. As trailers have indicated, there’s dissent in
the Avengers ranks too. Where the first film saw them begin divided and
gradually come together, Age of Ultron begins with them united
and gradually tears them apart thanks to Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet
Witch’s divide-and-conquer strategising.
5. Much of the Avengers’ problem boils down to their lack of a clear leader post-Winter Soldier.
“SHIELD 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,” explains Latcham. “What you realise is
that these are guys who work best with rules, and probably do need some
And as anybody who watched the first film can
guess, Tony and Cap aren’t an ideal leadership pairing. “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,” Latcham goes on.
“But how long can Tony Stark have someone else be in charge?” In other
words, groundwork is being distinctly laid for the Stark vs Rogers core
of Civil War.
6. Hemsworth found it strange not
to be working closely with Tom Hiddleston for the first time. “I was
interested to see what was gonna be his conflict or his motivation,
because he was sort of driven by that relationship previously. I love
working with Tom, and I think there’s always room for more Thor and Loki
stuff, but it’s nice to do something completely different.”