More “Ultron,” “Civil War,” Hulk Talk

A few more key quotes about upcoming Marvel films have emerged from the press junket over the weekend for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.

First up, it appears the mystery surrounding the unknown and disrobing female figure in a cave in the trailer for ‘Ultron’ has been rendered void. It turns out that she has been entirely cut from the final film.

EW says that the scene in question ties in with a sequence still in the film in which Thor visits a cave. Said sequence appears to have been cut signficantly back in the editing room: “Thor’s whole journey to this cave is a bit of a head scratcher, which suggests a subplot that was seriously truncated.”

This would seem to jive with comments from director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige who confirmed to Vulture that the rough cut of the film runs around 23 minutes longer than the theatrical version’s 142 minutes.

However, Whedon was determined to bring the film in under the original film’s runtime. He succeeded, but the result was that “there’s one or two things that I’m unhappy about not having in there, but they’re small” says Whedon.

Other little tidbits dropped by Feige include that the rough assembly cut of “Ant-Man” currently runs three hours, and the rumors of Spider-Man making some sort of cameo in ‘Ultron’ (even in only CG form) are untrue.

Meanwhile, Collider spoke with Scarlett Johansson about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” and she has nothing but praise for the script:

“I have read the script for Civil War. You know, the film has a very different feeling than anything of Marvel’s that I’ve read or been a part of before. These films are – I don’t think darker is the right word because there’s definitely always going to be some kind of levity, and that comes in a form of humor or hope. When you compare these films to like Batman, it’s a different feeling obviously, it’s a different audience experience, but as the stakes loom like larger and larger I think these films are kind of maturing with the audience; so there’s even more complex psychological twists that I sort of hadn’t necessarily anticipated.”

Finally, Mark Ruffalo spoke about his Incredible Hulk character. The actor tells Collider that he’s got four films left on his contract after ‘Ultron’ but “that could always go further”.

One thing many fans want is a standalone Hulk movie with Ruffalo, but the actor has revealed the surprising reason Marvel hasn’t begun to develop one:

“As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in cinemas on May 1st.