They're joined by Jeremy Renner, reprising his role as full-blown Avenger Hawkeye, who will reportedly have a more substantial role than he had in The Avengers (remember, two-time Oscar nominee Renner's character spent the bulk of the first movie's runtime as Loki's monosyllabic lackey).
Those are the good guys. There are also burly stuntmen in the standard-issue goofy motion-capture outfits, along with a mysterious metallic figure that could very well represent a partial look at the villinaous Ultron himself. Played by James Spader, the bad guy is an artificial intelligence who, in the Marvel Studios universe, seems to be created by Tony Stark. The guy you're seeing here could be Ultron, or it could simply be reference for Ultron drones.
Writer-director Joss Whedon and company are trotting the globe with this production, which has already been to South Africa and will eventually hit England and South Korea. Right now, they're shooting in and around Fort di Bard in Valle D'Aosta, Italy. This gorgeous locale is filling in for the fictitious Eastern European city of Sokovia, where inhabitants apparently speak Serbian.
That's enough jibber-jabber. Keep scrollin' to see the pictures, courtesy of Coming Soon.
Next week, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will set the table for the second Avengers adventure. Normally, it's the Marvel Studios style to have one movie segue into the next one, but this August's Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in the reaches of space, so it's up to Cap's second solo movie to build up to Avengers: Age of Ultron. And trust us, Winter Soldier leaves the Marvel cinematic universe in a very different and very intriguing place.
In addition to the actors mentioned earlier, this sequel stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, and new addition Thomas Kretschmann, who you may remember as the ancient vampire villain Damaskinos in the underrated Blade II.
Avengers: Age of Ultron follows up the third-biggest movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation) in theaters on May 1, 2015.