Marvel's Avengers: The Ultron Imperative is a 2015 live-action superhero team up film produced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios. It is the fifteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the direct sequel to The Avengers. It also serves as the culmination for the events that took place during all the sequel films that debuted during Phase 2. It was released worldwide May 1st 2015.
Development for a sequel to the Avengers occurred almost instantly after the first movie was released and proceeded to brake box office records worldwide. Kevin Feige had confessed he had ideas for Phase 2 to be structured similar to Phase 1, with each individual superhero film leading up to a big budget Avengers team up movie. However, nothing was set in stone until Marvel Studios had proven to Fox Disney their model of storytelling was truly profitable. In December 2012, Fox Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Joss Whedon would be returning to direct the sequel, renewing his contract for a second film.
In early 2013, Joss Whedon began pre-production on the Avengers film and announced that the main villain was going to be the notorious Ultron. At Comic Con 2013, the title The Ultron Imperative was confirmed with the story being a loose adaptation of the comic story by the same name. Whedon also made it clear that he was worked closely with the Directors and writers of the other Phase 2 films to try and make a cohesive story that continues each Avengers in their own important arcs. It was also revealed in Comic Con that year Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson would be reprising their roles as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from Deadpool to explore the character's history as part of the Avengers ensemble. Many fans believed that Thanos would be the villain of the Avengers sequel and they would crossover with the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight him. Kevin Feige made it clear that they have plans for Thanos and the Guardians down the line, but as of right now they want to keep the MCU grounded and Earth based.
By 2014 filming began and James Spader was confirmed to be cast in the main villainous role. Later that year, the rights to Spider-Man were given to Marvel Studios from 20th Century Fox after failing to materialize their planned reboot. Despite The Ultron Imperative being deep into post production, Whedon and Marvel wanted him to make a cameo in the film. They managed to cast Tom Holland as Peter Parker merely a month before its slated release date and filmed one scene with him added in mere days before it hit theaters.
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative was released worldwide May 1st 2015.
- Robert Downey Jr. as Anthony "Tony" Stark/Iron Man
- Chris Evans as Steven "Steve" Rogers/Captain America
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Jeremy Renner as Clinton "Clint" Barton/Hawkeye
- James Spader as Ultron (Voice)
- Thomas Kretschmann as Heinrich Zemo
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
- Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S./Vision
- Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
- Rebecca Hall as Bethany Cabe/Rescue
- Angie Harmon as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk
- Don Cheadle as Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War-Machine
- Cobie Smulders as Director Maria Hill
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
- Kerry Condon as Friday (Voice)
- Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Cameo)