Avengers: Age of Ultron will be "darker" and "weirder" than its predecessor.
So said Joss Whedon, who returned to direct the sequel to 2012's The Avengers. During an exclusive set visit last summer, E! News' Alicia Quarles spoke to the filmmaker about the Marvel Studios sequel and its ever-growing cast of characters.
"We've increased the number of characters," Whedon said, "not because we want to throw more stuff against the wall, but because we want to be able to look at our characters in a different light and sort of increase our palate and do different things in different places and get more perspectives."
The sequel brings back 2012's star-studded cast, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Cobie Smulders as agent Maria Hill.
Avengers: Age of Ultron also brings back fan favorites Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Don Cheadle (James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig).