Unless you were busy doing push-ups or picking your girlfriends up from the strip club, you probably heard that Joss Whedon and the Marvel Studios gang announced at Comic-Con 2013 that the official title of the Avengers sequel is Avengers: Age of Ultron. So much for my guess that it was Avengers: Enter the Spider-Ham. But as everyone freaked out like they were in the audience of a Def Comedy Jam show headlined by Urkel, many fanboys immediately started the most important questions, like…
- What does Ultron’s presence mean for Thanos?
- Will this follow the Age of Ultron comic series storyline, in which the robot villain destroys pretty much everything, including Earth?
- How could that happen, since that series featured Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Wolverine, among others?
- Is Mila Kunis available to play the female version of Ultron?
And many, many others. But what this news, while lacking in details, tells us is that Vin Diesel’s recent meeting with Marvel, after which he posted the banner image to his Facebook page for his millions of strange followers, basically means (even more than it meant last time) that he is going to fulfill his robotic prophecy and play the android Vision, as the character was created by Ultron in the comics. (Our Gamma Squad colleague Dan Seitz thinks that Diesel may be in the running for Thanos, but we shall see.)
Additionally, Ultron was created by Dr. Hank Pym, who is the human identity of, among other characters, Ant-Man, which will get the big screen treatment after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Pym was also Giant-Man, which is the character that Diesel was so conveniently standing in front of in that banner pic.
Confused yet? Me too. So let’s watch this GIF of a cat stuck in a bowl instead.
(Also, here’s the full Marvel panel video until it is eventually taken down.)