Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Heimdall, Peggy Carter and the Falcon confirmed for Age of Ultron

The increasingly tangled web that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come appears to be weaving even tighter with the release of the latest poster for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.
As reported by Comicbook.com. the upcoming Avengers sequel will feature three names well-known to MCU followers but not previously thought to be in the movie: Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, and Idris Elba.

Atwell, of course, is immediately familiar from the fantastic and recently-completed Agent Carter series; though Atwell has made and will make her share of flashback appearances in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Ant-Man movie, her appearance in the Age of Ultron cast raises the question of whether she will be one more flashback for Cap and the Avengers or, as the article posits, perhaps a confirmation of rumors of time travel.

With the recent news that Spider-Man will now likely be added into the cast of Captain America: Civil War, the likelihood of movies being hastily tweaked and edited as new opportunities become available isn't out of the question -- and the hugely popular Atwell, coming off the acclaim of Agent Carter, could be another such move.

Mackie, on the other hand, comes off his appearance in Winter Soldier as the very-much-modern Falcon, Captain America's close comrade Sam Wilson. Though Mackie wasn't originally slated to appear in Ultron, rumors have him making a brief cameo; Wilson has always been an engaging character, and as the current bearer of Cap's shield in the Marvel Universe on paper, the more we get of him in the MCU, the better.

Idris Elba has previously been seen as Heimdall, guardian of Bifrost, but revealed his appearance in Age of Ultron as recently as a November interview with the Telegraph. Though rumors sometimes have it that Elba seems to depart the MCU, it's hard to imagine the former star of the BBC's Luther doing anything but good when added to a movie. The extent and prominence of his role is still unknown.

Hayley Atwell, Anthony Mackie, and Idris Elba -- it's difficult to imagine what it must be like being a director for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with this kind of talent to pull from at any given crossover moment.

Damned if it isn't fun to watch, though.

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