After the massive success of the first Avengers movie, the anticipation is high for the upcoming Marvel movie Avengers 2: Age of Ultron set to hit theaters  May 1st, 2015. The film will star Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding god of thunder Thor, Mark Ruffalo as everyone’s favorite green giant the Hulk, Chris Evans as the patriotic superhero Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the lovely Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as the expert marksman Hawkeye. The film will also star Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olson as the Scarlet Witch, and James Spader as the voice of Ultron.

The film takes place after the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. brought on from the events of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. Tony Stark brings an old peacekeeping program back to life named Ultron, a self-aware artificial intelligence. Unfortunately for Tony, the plan to use Ultron as a peacekeeper backfires as Ultron ultimately comes to the conclusion that humanity is the enemy and plans on ridding the earth of them in order to “keep the peace”. The Avengers must take on Ultron before it’s too late and his plan of human extinction succeeds.

The film definitely looks promising, but the question remains: will the sequel do as well as the first film? The first Avengers broke several box office records including the largest Saturday gross with $69.7 million  as well as the largest Sunday gross with $57.1 million. The film currently sits at #3 on the list of highest grossing films of all time according to Wikipedia.

Will Avengers 2: Age of Ultron outperform its predecessor? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, the movie theaters will be very crowded at midnight on May 1st next year.

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