Since I didn't feel like getting in line for Hall H at 1 in the morning last Saturday, I didn't get in and I'm not privy to any of the footage released at Marvel's Comic Con panel. This is only based off the few pictures and plot points released on the Avengers: Age of Ultron imdb page. If I'm clearly incorrect about something, please speak up!
Gotta say, I'm concerned we might have a "Hangover Part II" situation on our hands. Based on the images I'm seeing (more in a sec), the film looks like it might be reusing the same plot points as the original. The only difference this time being there's even more heroes in it, potentially making the inevitable 3rd act battle bloated beyond excess. If this keeps going, by the 3rd Avengers movie they might be out of Galaxies/Dimensions/Universes to blow up. Sometimes a rehash of the old movie can be fun, but not in this universe. At least not yet!
Exhibit A: The Poster Unveiled at Comic Con
Really, another horde for our heroes to battle? I mean, it's fun to have A sequence where the Avengers smack down common henchmen, but where's the "boss" type characters? The Leviathans in the first one don't count - once Cap wrapped his mind around the scenario and gave everyone orders, those flying lizards got taken out as easily as the rest of the Chitauri. Leave those minions to either the military, the new S.H.I.E.L.D., or Asgardian soldiers, and let our heroes stick to foes more on their level. One of the bright moments of Thor: Dark World was Loki and Thor having to sort of work together in taking out the Kursed. Who's that going to be in this movie with 5 times the heroes?
Exhibit B: Hulk Vs. Hulkbuster Image
All I saw there is Hulkbuster taking Thor's place in a 2nd act conflict amongst the team. How's Hulk going to unintentionally get angry this time, another infinity stone just happens to fall into their lap again? Come on, pick another avenger to cause the internal conflict.
It kills me to write this stuff, and I want nothing more than to be wrong. Maybe the horde battle is somewhere in the second act. Maybe the Hulk vs Hulkbuster scene is right at the beginning - another training exercise if you will. These were just the first thoughts running through my head after seeing the pictures. Instead of a jaw drop, I winced.
Hopefully an after-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy will put my mind at ease. Can't wait for tomorrow night!
Written by Douglas S. Adams, producer of The Photon Effect