Latino-Review continues to leak more information about Marvel movies, this time bringing spoilers about the first 20 minutes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Because the movie is already shooting, Disney has other press outlets doing set visits, and visual effects are already in production, the opportunity for leaks is very high.
Avengers: Age of Ultron picks up right where the mid-credit sequence from Captain America: The Winter Soldier ends. The assembled Avengers raid Baron Von Strucker's Hydra outpost. Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) is not defenseless because he has Loki's staff, Chitauri weaponry, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
So far none of this is very surprising. We will see that Von Strucker has possession of a corpse of a Leviathan seen in The Avengers. In the ensuing battle, Scarlet Witch uses her powers to make Hulk think the Leviathan is still alive, cue Hulk smash.
The Avengers win, obviously, and they capture the bad guys and all of Von Strucker's goodies. At the newly dubbed "Avengers Tower" the team celebrates and at some point they take turns trying to pick up Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ruins a suit's arm in the attempt. In the comics Captain America has been known to be able to pick up Mjolnir, but at this point in the movie he can only budge it, and can't / won't pick it up. Director and writer Joss Whedon knows the comic canon, so I suspect some kind of payoff to this sequence later on in the movie.
Spoiler Warning Again
This next spoiler is a huge change for the cinematic universe thus the second warning.
Mark Ruffalo in a previous interview talked about how his role is going to be bigger and more complicated. What he didn't say is why.
According Latino-Review's sources, Bruce Banner and Black Widow "kinda have a thing for each other." Whedon's fans have seen this dynamic before between Buffy and Angel. But the Hulk, while a part of Banner, is a character unto himself.
All that happens in just the first 20 minutes and the movie is rumored be over two hours long. It's pretty clear that the extra development time Whedon had for his Avengers is really going to pay off.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will raise the bar yet again on May 1st, 2015 (USA).