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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: In contrast with his previous MCU role where he mainly works for money, this time Paul Bettany is more invested in his new role as The Vision.
    Paul Bettany: "I used to be in a studio for 45 minutes and do J.A.R.V.I.S. and get a huge bag of cash and go my way like a burglar, and now they want me to work for my money. Which is great and sweaty and hot, which you'll realize once they unveil everything. It's really fucking cool. It's great to join this train which is on really clear tracks."
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  • Creator Backlash:
    • Joss Whedon's feelings on working on this film were... mixed to say the least. He has always been a big comic book fan (having actually written for X-Men) and due to his cult status he was allowed more input into the Marvel verse than the other directors. He wanted to make the movie smaller and more personal... and found himself filming a movie on an epic scale across the globe (it just sort of happened), and that meant he had to spend a long time away from his family in Burbank. He explicitly did claim that he felt that the movie should have had a longer running time (closer to his original cut), which is probably why the rumored extended edition is said to be 40 minutes longer. He's since walked back on his comments, saying that he would be happy to be asked back to the MCU.
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    • Chris Hemsworth was unhappy with Thor's role in the movie, feeling it was boring to play. He recalls telling Kevin Feige "I feel like I'm dying here. I feel like I have handcuffs on," which is what ultimately led to the character adopting a more comedic personality in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • The teenage version of Natasha is played by Scarlett Johansson, without any attempt to make her look younger beyond a wig.
    • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are described as "kids" in this film, and the latter is stated to be high school-aged by Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War. Their actors, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, were 24 and 25, respectively, when this film was made and visibly so. Retroactively subverted by WandaVision, which revealed their birth year as 1989, making their real-life and in-universe ages very close.
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  • Deleted Role: Tom Hiddleston was meant to return as Loki for Thor's nightmare sequence. However, test audiences found the nightmare sequence confusing (apparently some thought that Loki was controlling Ultron, and the fact that the scepter he used in The Avengers to induce mind control was a MacGuffin in this film probably didn't help), so it was drastically shortened, removing Loki's appearance in the process.
  • Deleted Scene: Considering the criticisms regarding pacing, some of the deleted/extended scenes do help transition between moments better:
    • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are handing out stolen supplies to the people of Sokovia. Pietro gives Zrinka an expensive dress from Paris and a toy for her brother Costel. Wanda warns Pietro that stealing is dangerous despite his powers, noting that when he uses his speed he cannot be shot, but he is vulnerable to bullets when he isn't using his powers. At the end of the scene, they are told that "The Iron Man" is waiting for them at the church, which explains why they go there and why they're surprised to see Ultron instead of Tony Stark.
    • Bruce Banner and Tony Stark examine the Ultron Program.
    • Von Strucker walks into his jail cell and is killed by an off screen Ultron.
    • Maria Hill and Captain America discuss Ultron killing Wolfgang von Strucker.
    • James Rhodes contacted Black Widow and Stark about Ultron hacking into nuclear weapons programs around the world. He is being deployed to the Middle East to help keep the peace. Stark sends him a patch to keep Ultron from hacking into the War Machine Armor. Thor attempts to contact Heimdall but gets no response.
    • A bustling African village is torn apart by Hulk while he is on his Wanda Maximoff-fueled rampage. A little girl is trying to recover her ball and stumbles across him.
    • An extended scene of Banner and Romanoff's conversation at Clint Barton's Homestead.
    • An extended scene of the birth of the Vision, including the eye-opening scene seen in trailers. In this alternate version, Vision has an extended fight scene with Thor and the other Avengers.
    • Thor and Erik Selvig go to the Water of Sights; they are greeted by a Norn who possesses Thor and answers Selvig's questions through him. The Norn tells Selvig that Ultron has the Mind Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones.
    • Tom Hiddleston shot a cameo as Loki in Thor's dream sequence. Whedon revealed, "We even had a little reference to the fact that he’s taken the throne, which was Tom doing his Anthony Hopkins impression when Thor says, 'Oh, what would father say?' Then Tom does his Anthony Hopkins impression, and Thor’s like, 'That is uncanny!' It’s sort of like his subconscious is telling him that Loki was imitating his father. But he would never make that connection."
    • Captain America and the Avengers land in Sokovia and see some graffiti that call Captain America a fascist. This motivates him to not wear his helmet in the Battle of Sokovia.
    • Captain America gathers Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Hawkeye to battle the Ultron Sentries. Black Widow makes a remark about Scarlet Witch wearing her jacket. The latter suggests that they try to get civilians out of the city before it rises too high. Quicksilver runs up, ready to fight, and the characters take off into the battle.
    • Quicksilver runs through a neighbourhood of Sokovian balconies, telling civilians to get to safety. He stops to flirt with a girl, asking "Maybe I see you after?"
    • A scene was shot of Quicksilver surviving his wounds as well as footage of him in a new costume at the New Avengers Facility, in case Disney overruled Joss Whedon's decision to kill him off.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Marvel executives did not approve of Hawkeye's farm or the visions that Scarlet Witch gave the Avengers; in fact they threatened to cut them unless Joss put in the subplot with Thor in the cave. And then they ordered that cut when audiences reacted negatively to it — but the editor told Joss that without it, things wouldn't make sense. So what we got was a mangled version.
    • The Seoul city government provided handsome tax breaks to the production team. In exchange, Claudia Kim was cast in the minor, but important, role of Helen Cho.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Magneto is Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's father in the comics, but can't be mentioned here because of rights issues. Conveniently, the AXIS comic revealed that they aren't actually related to Magneto shortly before the release of the film. (Meanwhile, in the X-Men films, Magneto is very much Quicksilver's father; it'll be interesting to see what retcon hits to tie in with whatever movie puts that at the forefront. Especially now that Evan Peters reprised his role as that version of Quicksilver in WandaVision.)
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  • Focus Group Ending: Loki's cameo during Thor's nightmare was cut after test audiences assumed he was controlling Ultron. He can still be briefly seen in some frames behind Heimdall.
  • God Never Said That: Joss Whedon compared this movie to The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II. What he was actually talking about was looking at those films for inspiration on how to write a direct sequel, mainly without having to refer to supplementary materials that took place in-between. Whedon wanted to write Age of Ultron in a way where the audience wouldn't have to had seen Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World or Captain America: The Winter Soldier to understand this movie.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: With Scarlett Johansson. She had three stunt doubles rather than the usual one to help carry the load (with motion capture technology used to transpose her face on said doubles for acting purposes), and Joss Whedon was quick to say "She won't be carrying groceries for the whole movie."
  • I Knew It!:
    • Tony Stark being the creator of Ultron, as opposed to Hank Pym.
    • Many fans guessed correctly that Andy Serkis was playing Ulysses Klaw... er, Klaue.
    • A lot of people figured out that J.A.R.V.I.S. would be transformed into the Vision upon learning that Paul Bettany, who played J.A.R.V.I.S. previously, would be playing the Vision.
    • Speaking of the Vision, many figured out that his third eye is an Infinity Stone.
    • Adding to that, there was strong speculation that Loki's scepter was the Mind Stone even going back to the first movie.
    • When it was confirmed that the movie would feature a "big" death, some fans pointed to the lack of merchandise for Quicksilver as possible evidence of his demise. They were correct.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Joss Whedon cited The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back as inspiration for making a sequel.
  • International Coproduction: The production had segments shot in South Africa, South Korea, and Italy, with involvement and cooperation from the three respective nations. Accordingly, Korean actress Claudia Kim was cast as the supporting character Helen Cho, similar to the Stunt Casting of Fan Bingbing in the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3, although Kim's character is actually integral to the plot rather than completely superfluous like Fan's.
  • Irony As He Is Cast: Pietro is stated to be older than Wanda (if only by a few minutes), yet Aaron Taylor-Johnson is actually a year younger than Elizabeth Olsen.
  • Looping Lines: While James Spader was on-set for the majority of his scenes in a mo-cap suit, B-Roll footage shows him recording some of his lines in a sound booth. This makes the scenes where Ultron suddenly speaks with a different voice understandable.
  • Lying Creator: Prior to the release of the film, it was said that Thanos would not appear in any other Marvel movie released before 2016. He's the subject of The Stinger.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: One of the trailers showed a brief glimpse of a dark-skinned bald woman disrobing in a cave. The internet went wild with speculation, with theories ranging from Princess Shuri to Mantis and even Hela. This proved to be completely fruitless, since the scene with the bald woman was cut from the final film.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • While he's played some evil roles in his career, this is the first time James Spader's ever portrayed an outright supervillain.
    • Andy Serkis is not playing a character in Motion-Capture for a Hollywood Blockbuster.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Lila Barton is portrayed by twin sisters Imogen and Isabella Poynton.
  • Scully Box: Because Ultron was described as 8-9 feet tall, James Spader had to wear an antennae-like contraption made out of a thick piece of wire with two red balls attached to the top that went up his entire back and 3 feet above his head. This was done so that the actors that shared scenes with him would be able to have a reference point for where his eyes would be (the two red balls represented the placement of Ultron's eyes). Elizabeth Olsen stated that this was actually distracting because Spader would be giving an intense performance and out of instinct she would look at him rather than the balls representing his eyes. Much to everyone's amusement, whenever this happened, Aaron Taylor-Johnson would yell, "Red balls! Look at his balls, Lizzie!" in her in order to get her to look in the right direction.
  • Similarly Named Works: Kevin Feige quickly clarified that the movie is not an adaptation of the comic book Crisis Crossover of the same name.
  • Spared by the Cut: One cut of the movie has Quicksilver survive, but in the theatrical cut, he is killed. Joss Whedon filmed both endings and left it up to the studio to decide which would be used.
  • Star-Making Role: For Elizabeth Olsen. She was somewhat known before this from her role in the acclaimed but low-profile drama Martha Marcy May Marlene and being in Godzilla but this is by far the film most responsible for increasing her popularity.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Andy Serkis was originally only brought in as a motion capture consultant to help Mark Ruffalo and James Spader. Jeremy Latcham then stumbled upon some online fan-art of Serkis as the Black Panther villain Klaw, and Joss Whedon liked it so much that he decided to cast Serkis as Klaw in the movie.
    • According to Whedon's DVD Commentary, Robert Downey Jr. improvised his "Hello Deere" line when working on the tractor. Whedon liked the line so much that he admits in the same commentary that he kicked himself for not having thought of it.
  • Uncredited Role: Josh Brolin is uncredited for his cameo as Thanos in the post-credits sequence.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • Word of God: Kevin Feige dispelled any rumors that Quicksilver survived in the continuity, stating that the character will not be returning to the MCU for anytime soon. Yeah, about that...

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