Avengers Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to The Avengers (2012) and the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the film features a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders. , Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. In the movie, the Avengers battle Ultron, an artificial intelligence obsessed with causing human extinction.
The sequel was announced in May 2012 after the successful release of The Avengers, and Whedon will return as a writer and director in August.
Whedon updated the origin of Ultron for the film to involve the MCU team of Avengers, and featured the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch with whom Marvel shared the rights with 20th Century Fox. Casting began in June 2013 with the renewal of Downey.
Filming for the second unit began in February 2014 in South Africa and principal photography took place between March and August, primarily at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England. Additional footage was filmed in Italy, South Korea, Bangladesh, New York State, and around England. With an estimated net production budget of $ 365 million, the film is the second most expensive film ever made.
Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered in Los Angeles on April 13, 2015 and was released in the United States on May 1, 2015, as part of Phase Two of the MCU.
The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed more than $ 1.4 billion worldwide, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2015 and the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time. Two sequels have been released: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).