It is the adhere to up to The Avengers (2012) and also the 11th motion picture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The motion picture was created as well as additionally routed by Joss Whedon and also includes a collection cast that contains Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and also Samuel L. Jackson. In the motion picture, the Avengers fight Ultron, an expert system eaten with creating human termination.
The follow up was introduced in May 2012 after the reliable launch of The Avengers, with Whedon prepped to return as an writer as well as additionally a manager in August. Whedon updated Ultron's starting for the motion picture to consist of the MCU's Avengers team, as well as additionally offered the characters Quicksilver as well as additionally Scarlet Witch that Marvel shared the lawful civil liberties to with 20th Century Fox. Casting began in June 2013 with the re-signing of Downey. The 2nd gadget recording begun in February 2014 in South Africa with main digital photography taking place in between March and also August, primarily at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England. Additional video clip was videotaped in Italy, South Korea, Bangladesh, New York City, as well as additionally around England. With a forecasted web production budget strategy of $365 million, it is the second most expensive motion picture ever made.
Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered in Los Angeles on April 13, 2015, as well as additionally was introduced in the United States on May 1, 2015, as a part of Phase Two of the MCU. The motion picture obtained usually beneficial evaluations from unbelievers as well as additionally transformed $1.4 billion worldwide, winding up being the fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2015 along with the fifth-highest-grossing motion picture of all time. Two complies with up, Avengers: Infinity War as well as additionally Avengers: Endgame, were launched in April 2018 as well as additionally April 2019, specifically.
In the Eastern European nation of Sokovia, the Avengers—Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, and also Clint Barton—burglarized a Hydra facility managed by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, that has really been checking out on individuals utilizing the sceptre previously had by Loki. They experience 2 of Strucker's test subject—increases Pietro, that has a superhuman price, as well as additionally Wanda Maximoff, that has telepathic as well as additionally telekinetic abilities—and additionally apprehend Strucker, while Stark retrieves Loki's sceptre.
Stark as well as Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the sceptre's gem, as well as secretly decide to use it to complete Stark's “Ultron” global defence program. The unexpectedly sentient Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, eliminates Stark's A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers at their headquarters. Escaping with the sceptre, Ultron uses the resources in Strucker's Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. Having killed Strucker, he recruits the Maximoffs, who hold Stark responsible for their parents' deaths by his company's weapons, and goes to the base of arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in Johannesburg to obtain Wakandan vibranium. The Avengers attack Ultron and the Maximoffs, but Wanda subdues them with haunting visions, causing Banner to turn into the Hulk and rampage until Stark stops him with his anti-Hulk armour.
A worldwide backlash over the resulting destruction, and the fears Wanda's hallucinations incited, send the team into hiding at a safe house. Thor departs to consult with Dr. Erik Selvig on the apocalyptic future he saw in his hallucination, while Nick Fury arrives and encourages the team to form a plan to stop Ultron. In Seoul, Ultron uses Loki's sceptre to enslave the team's friend Dr. Helen Cho. They use her synthetic-tissue technology, vibranium, and the sceptre's gem to craft a new body. As Ultron uploads himself into the body, Wanda is able to read his mind; discovering his plan for human extinction, the Maximoffs turn against Ultron. Rogers, Romanoff, and Barton find Ultron and retrieve the synthetic body, but Ultron captures Romanoff.
The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark and Banner secretly upload J.A.R.V.I.S.—who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the Internet—into the synthetic body. Thor returns to help activate the body, explaining based on his vision that the gem on its brow is the Mind Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in existence. This “Vision” and the Maximoffs accompany the Avengers to Sokovia, where Ultron has used the remaining vibranium to build a machine to lift a large part of the capital city skyward, intending to crash it into the ground to cause global extinction. Banner rescues Romanoff, who awakens the Hulk for the battle. The Avengers fight Ultron's army while Fury arrives in a Helicarrier with Maria Hill, James Rhodes and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to evacuate civilians. Pietro dies when he shields Barton from gunfire, and a vengeful Wanda abandons her post to destroy Ultron's primary body, which allows one of his drones to activate the machine. The city plummets, but Stark and Thor overload the machine and shatter the landmass. In the aftermath, the Hulk, unwilling to endanger Romanoff by being with her, departs in a Quinjet, while Vision confronts and seemingly destroys Ultron's last remaining body.
Later, with the Avengers having established a new base run by Fury, Hill, Cho, and Selvig, Thor returns to Asgard to learn more about the forces he suspects have manipulated recent events. As Stark leaves and Barton retires, Rogers and Romanoff prepare to train new Avengers: Rhodes, Vision, Sam Wilson, and Wanda.
In a mid-credits scene, Thanos, dissatisfied by the failures of his pawns, dons a gauntlet and vows to retrieve the Infinity Stones himself.
In October 2011, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios said the studio was beginning to look at their Phase Two films, which would start with Iron Man 3 and would culminate in a second Avengers film. In March 2012, Joss Whedon, director of the first film, stated that he would want a sequel to be “smaller. More personal. More painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.” Despite the production of the film becoming increasingly wider in scope, Feige maintained that this was not their intention, always looking to see where the team wanted to take the characters, over how to make it bigger than The Avengers.
At the premiere of The Avengers, Feige said the studio had an option for Whedon to return as director. In May 2012, after the successful release of the first film, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a sequel was in development. Most of the film's cast members were under contract to potentially appear in the sequel; however, Robert Downey Jr. was not, as his four-picture deal with Marvel expired after Iron Man 3.
At the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, Whedon said he was undecided about directing. However, in August 2012, Iger announced that Whedon would return to write and direct the sequel and develop the Marvel television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., for ABC. Later in the month, Disney set a May 1, 2015, release date. When asked about his decision to return, Whedon said, “Avengers 2, it wasn't a tough decision. For a long time I thought, ‘Well, it's just not going to happen.' Then when I actually started to consider it, it became so clear that I desperately wanted to say more about these characters, it would've been an easy no and it was a spectacularly easy yes. There was no wrestling.” Whedon said that they intended for the film's production to not be as rushed as the first one.
In December 2012, Whedon stated that he had completed an outline for the film. In February, at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Whedon said that death would play a theme in the sequel, and in March, he said that he looked to The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II as inspirations.
Feige revealed that Captain Marvel, who starred in her own MCU film in 2019, appeared in an early draft of the screenplay, but was removed since the character had not yet been cast, saying, “It didn't feel like the time. We didn't want to introduce her fully formed flying in a costume before you knew who she was or how she came to be.” Whedon went so far as to shoot visual effects plates for Captain Marvel to fly into Avengers Headquarters at the end of the film; those shots were reused, however, for Scarlet Witch instead. Feige additionally revealed that an early draft of the script had Hulk's Quinjet detected near Saturn at the end of the film, but it was finally decided to keep it Earth-based and also leave his fate ambiguous in order to dispel rumours that a film based on the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline was in development, which Marvel Studios had no plans to adopt at the time. Marvel would later decide to adapt “Planet Hulk” for the film Thor: Ragnarok, in which the Hulk does end up leaving Earth.
Filming began on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa, having been postponed that Monday. Second unit crews shot action sequences without the main cast, to be used as background plates for scenes featuring the Hulk, in the Central Business District of Johannesburg for a period of two weeks. By mid-March, principal photography had begun at Shepperton Studios near London and also was scheduled to film there for at least four months, under the working title After Party. Filming at Shepperton as well as other locations in England allowed Whedon to get a “number of different looks and textures and moods” to give the film a different palette and also fresh aesthetic from its predecessor. Production designer Charles Wood built an enormous, new Avengers Tower set, one of the largest sets ever built for a Marvel film. The set featured multiple connected environments and levels. On March 22, production moved to Fort Bard, Italy and continued in the Aosta Valley region through March 28. The region doubled as the fictional Eastern European nation of Sokovia, with crews replacing local storefronts with Cyrillic script. Filming in South Korea began on March 30 on the Mapo Bridge and continued through April 14 at various locations in Seoul. While in Seoul, the production was able to attach cameras to drones and race cars to get unique camera angles and footage. An artificial island on the Han River known as the Sabit Dungdungseom served as the head office of an IT institute featured in the film. Scenes involving Ultron's strike on parts of the city were fired in the Gangnam District.