Now that Guardians of the Galaxy is out, there will be no more Marvel movies released until next May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s everything that’s confirmed or all-but-confirmed:
- At New York Comic Con in October 2011, producer Kevin Feige talked about preproduction on Iron Man 3. He said that the film will “be the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this … saga that will culminate, God willing, in Avengers 2.” This established the current MCU narrative structure: a handful of films leading up to a new Avengers film.
- Joss Whedon said in March 2012 that his envisioned sequel to The Avengers would be “more personal, more painful,” and more intimate in scale. “I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight — and ultimately, what makes them awesome.”
- In April 2013, Whedon told reporters that he had a finished draft and that it featured a “brother-sister act,” later confirmed to be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, two mutants from the comic books. It’s worth noting that though the pair consists of mutants, they’ll probably be referred to as something else. Seeking to divorce itself from Fox’s X-Men films, the MCU doesn’t have mutants, and they won’t even say the word.
- Two weeks of filming took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, last February. A second unit filmed battle footage for shots of the Hulk. The film’s opening takes place in South Africa, where the team attacks a Hydra compound. Filming took place in Seoul’s Gangnam district, Italy, and at studios in and around London. The film wrapped in early August and is now in post-production.
- Cast: RDJ, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Jonson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (the Vision, James Spader (Ultron) and many, MANY more!