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So just how long has Marvel President Kevin Feige known that Avengers: Age of Ultron would be the title of his 2015 tentpole? In a new, post-Hall H interview with Empire Magazine, the man with the plan answered that question. He also cleared up any misconceptions about the use of the title. Finally, he teased that Loki would remain part of the equation, even though we know Ultron will be the main villain. Read, and watch, the full interview below.

Thanks to Empire for this awesome interview. Here’s the video, some pull quotes below.

Here’s what Feige had to say about the development of Avengers: Age of Ultron as a title and concept:

It’s not that [run's] story, but it’s that title. It’s been in the works for seven or eight months… There are some things in this movie, that you’ll see in 2015, that arise directly from casual conversations Joss and I had on the set of the first one. ‘Would it be cool if…?’ ‘That would be cool!’….We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appeared, and that’s a great title. Age Of Ultron is a great title. We had a few other ‘Of Ultrons’, but that was the best one. So we’re borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines.

He also teased that, though he’s currently back on Asgard, Loki could make it back for the sequel:

We think Loki could be the big bad for us, for a long time.

And the Thor: The Dark World footage they showed seemed to tease exactly that.

Other notes from the interview:

  • Feige confirms the title reveal we saw at Comic-Con was Iron Man’s helmet being bashed into Ultron’s. 
  • He first ignores a mention of Thanos, only saying Ultron is formidable enough to require The Avengers to assemble.
  • Thor teaming up with Loki, who he’s sure will betray him, is to raise the stakes for the imminent threat at hand.
  • The Winter Soldier examines what it means to be American when there’s so much corruption going on.
  • Thanos’ first appearance was just to let people know he’s out there. We’ll learn more in Guardians as he’ll make an appearance in that film.

Back to the Loki bit to frame this all out, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see him as even a mild opposition to The Avengers in Age of Ultron. However, once we learn more about Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, and that world begins to mesh with The Avengers on Earth, maybe we’ll get to explore more of their relationship which is hinted at in The Avengers.

Are you enjoying thinking about all this? Any thoughts on Feige’s comments?

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