With Captain America: Civil War coming next year, it looks like the Avengers sequel may continue the groundwork for the events of that movie… and it all started in The Winter Soldier.
It seems that after the collapse of SHIELD (Hail Hydra) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man and Captain America have been at odds, trying to control The Avengers; a job that seems much more intense now that Nick Fury is out of the picture.
Civil War producer Jeremy Latcham has been chatting about the effects this will have in Age of Ultron, leading into Civil War: “SHIELD has fallen apart, so this movie becomes Tony Stark and Steve Rogers trying to put the Avengers together without a parental unit like Nick Fury hovering over them. What you realize is that these are guys who work best with rules, and probably do need some adult supervision.”
And once again, money is the root of all evil: “Tony has been paying for everything, designing stuff, building new toys, he’s the benefactor of the whole thing. But Steve Rogers is very much in charge of operations and missions, he’s the moral compass.
“But how long can Tony Stark have someone else be in charge?”
It looks like the two, ever at odds – remember the “put on the suit” exchange in Avengers? – cave in and war breaks out.
In the comics, a super-being conflict lead to the conflict Superhuman Registration Act which demands all super-powered being surrender their identities to the Government. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers end up as enemies with Stark supporting the act and Rogers opposing it.
Interestingly, in the comics – MAJOR SPOILER - Captain America dies when he’s shot by a brainwashed Sharon Carter. Why is this interesting? Well, Sharon is in the MCU, played by the very lovely Emily VanCamp, and from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer it’s pretty obvious that Hulk is being controlled somehow. Foreshadowing? Hmmmmmmmmmm…