‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ release date moved up for U.K., Ireland

April 24, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.
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Elizabeth Olsen is seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Elizabeth Olsen is seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson is seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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"Avengers: Age of Ultron" films on location on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Joss Whedon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner are seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Actors are seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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General view of location of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Pont-Saint-Martin on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Pont-Saint-Martin on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson is seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Pont-Saint-Martin on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

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Jeremy Renner is seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy. (Photopix/Getty Images)

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will open in theaters in the U.K. and Ireland on April 24, 2015.

That date, announced by Marvel on Thursday, is just about a week before the movie hits the U.S. on May 1, 2015.

Filming is already underway in Europe on “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” Written and directed by Whedon, the new movie sees Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver join the original team of heroes including Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America, among others.

(Click through the gallery above for an early look at the production.)

This time out, the iconic team gathers to do battle with the villainous Ultron (James Spader), though it’s unclear how closely Whedon’s film will tie to the “Age of Ultron” story in Marvel Comics, or whether Ant-Man (the protagonist in another upcoming Marvel film, directed by Edgar Wright) will be part of the narrative.

In the comics, Ultron is an insane, sentient robot that tries to destroy its creator, Dr. Henry Pym, the original Ant-Man.

Although the movie will visit select locations around the globe, the “Age of Ultron” film shoot primarily will be based in London at the country’s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility, the same sound stages that played host to Marvel’s recent hit, “Thor: The Dark World.”

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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