'Iron Man 3' Ending Helps 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Writer Says

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Wondering how Tony Stark can still be Iron Man for Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," considering his arc reactor was removed at the end of "Iron Man 3"? It's a worthy question, but "Iron Man 3" writer Drew Pearce doesn't think you should worry too much.

"We take his arc reactor out, but I think we also make a pretty definite statement that he is Iron Man," Peace told SciFiNow (via CBM) about Stark's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "And although Joss isn't part of the process as such, he saw all the cuts of the movie, so I've got to assume he knows exactly what he wants to do with Tony in ['Age of Ultron'] and how we've left [Stark] is going to help that, not hinder it."

Having worked closely with Marvel Studios on "Iron Man 3," Pearce has some inside track on the development of "Age of Ultron" and other aspects of Phase Two. In short, he's a big fan of what's coming up.

"Joss has been thinking about it for a year and [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] has been thinking about what 'Avengers 2' does since the first film," he said. "The scale I think they're going to reach for is going to be truly epic, which is incredible when you consider how epic 'Avengers' was. But on a character level the story will actually be smaller, or at least more intimate. It's hard to put a list together of all the things Joss is good at as a writer, but definitely in the top five would be dealing with the shifting dynamics of a large group of characters."

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