While some suggest that the second Avengers movie is vastly inferior to the first, the reality is that it is still a hugely entertaining movie. It is heartfelt, has great set-pieces and it advances certain key ideas - particularly for Tony Stark - that will come back into play in a big way at the culmination of the Infinity Saga.
Sure, it has its sloppy moments and its missed opportunities, but it's important to remember that this movie was also one of the most meddled with in terms of studio pressure on the director. We know there was an entirely different vision for this film at times, which is ironic, given the story is about a creator realising his Vision, and for the studio-approved version still to do so well is remarkable.
It didn't just make money either, it still has a lot of very enthusiastic fans. It just had a VERY high benchmark to aim for, too.
As we count down to Avengers: Endgame, we're looking back at the point where Thanos said "fine, I'll do it myself..." with Avengers: Age Of Ultron...
10. Captain Marvel Was Supposed To Debut
While she debuted properly in the MCU in her own movie in 2019, Captain Marvel almost appeared a lot sooner in this franchise. Director Joss Whedon initially wanted to add her to his second generation of heroes in Avengers: Age Of Ultron when he was writing it.
Whedon went as far as shooting test footage for Captain Marvel, with Kevin Feige confirming that the director had included FX plates of her in the final sequence showing Cap and Black Widow assembling the "New Avengers" team. She wouldn't have appeared anywhere else in the movie apparently, and ultimately it was decided that she deserved her own solo debut to actually mean something:
"...It would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before."