|The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)|
In the Avengers sequel, there were several references to Vibranium and Wakanda. Wakanda is the fictional African nation, ruled by the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), that mines the super metal Vibranium. While the Vibranium mines were never shown on-screen, concept art shows that scenes in the Wakandan mine were planned.
Pete Thompson is a professional concept artist who's worked on big budget movies like Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and the upcoming Doctor Strange (2016).
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In the film the villainous artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader) seeks Vibranium and goes to a South African shipping yard run by Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). Apparently director Joss Whedon was planning to have some scenes set in the underground African Vibranium mines. You can see Ultron collecting Vibranium, so this could also have been an alternate take of the Vibranium processing plant.
Wakanda was first shown in the comic book Fantastic Four #52 (1966) and is ruled by T'Challa aka Black Panther. Wakanda has the largest stores of Vibranium on Earth because of a massive meteor strike 10,000 years ago. Vibranium absorbs vibrations like sound and kinetic energy and is hard to break. The shield used by Captain America (Chris Evans) has Vibranium in it.
T'Challa is going to make his first onscreen appearance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War (2016). But maybe he was supposed to show up earlier?
Here's some more great concept art from the film.
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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Avengers: Age of Ultron would you have wanted to see the Vibranium mines?
Official The Avengers: Age of Ultron Summary
"Marvel Studios presents 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision."
Directed by Joss Whedon
Cinematography by Ben Davis
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader
Release date: May 1, 2015 (USA)
Official Site: http://marvel.com
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