Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in May, has to raise its game from The Avengers if it wants to meet the new bar set very high by Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s according to Marvel watcher Evan Dickson at Collider.com, who thinks “writer director Joss Whedon is up for the challenge.” Dickson is confident Whedon knows he’ll need to “avoid the first act sluggishness that plagued” the first Avengers.
Empire, in its October issue, has director Whedon speaking for himself about the film: “It’s more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific,” Whedon said. Oh good, so now we know that. (Whedon is simply giving out a cheat sheet for reviewers. You’ll see some of those words come May, no doubt.) Avengers is the ultimate in ensemble superheroes, so there’s always room for surprises. Robert Downey Jr., btw, thinks Black Widow (ScarJo), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) should have more alone time.