New details on Iron Man’s return and the split of leadership between Tony Stark and Captain America in ‘Avengers 2’

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iron-man-captain-america-the-avengers-2Marvel just won’t stop talking — and we love it! This time, Marvel Co-President Louis D’Esposito spoke with IGN ahead of the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray and DVD release, and had some insight to offer on Tony Stark’s involvement in Avengers: Age of Ultron following his seeming departure from the Iron Man suits at the end of Iron Man 3. Most exciting is the revelation that Tony Stark will step up to lead the Avengers alongside Captain America, who was the group’s leader in the first film.

Here are D’Esposito’s full comments:

“Well, [Tony Stark is] leading the team with Captain America and… I don’t know where he’s at 100%. We’re still developing the screenplay and Joss Whedon is writing furiously to get that finished, but obviously I’ve seen a couple of drafts. It’s hard for me to say at this point what he is doing and what his emotional mindset is, but you can see where it was at the end of Iron Man 3; He’s in love with Pepper, he’s made a grand gesture to blow up the suits at that point, but at at the end he couldn’t help himself. I think he will go back to tinkering – that’s what he does.”

You can view the video interview with D’Esposito, courtesy of IGN, which also sheds light on the connectivity between the Marvel films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

On a somewhat related note, William Shatner recently spoke with The Huffington Post about his former costar (from Boston Legal), James Spader, playing an evil automaton and the film’s lead villain in in Avengers: Age of Ultron:

“He’s going to have trouble. He’s so full of life and love that acting as an automaton will be very difficult for him.”

We’re confident in Spader’s abilities and feel as though he’ll make a tremendous and perfectly evil addition to Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015!

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