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Robert Downey Jr. promises Avengers: Age Of Ultron will shake up Marvel third-act formula

While Marvel has yet to serve up anything that could be described as a dud, a frequent criticism of recent outings has been that the third act has sometimes failed to live up to what has come before…

However, according to Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Age Of Ultron is about to buck the trend, with an end sequence to blow its box office rivals out of the water…

"There was a Rubik’s Cube to how to make these things have an Act Three," says Downey to SlashFilm , "that you’re just going, 'I really hope you like Acts One and Two because now we’ve just gotta do all this stuff.'"

"To me, and I think it was the same thing in Iron Man 3 , Act Three was the strongest act. I think that this is really gunning for that sort of thing. Because I love movies. I love these kinds of movies. I feel like I’m just a very tolerant kind of consumer with these things."

"But I think that there has to be a bit of a transcendence of formula. And so without giving too much away… when the first draft came in I thought, “Oh wow, it didn’t fall into that trap.” And I read the last page and I got chills, for a reason I definitely can’t explain. This is gonna be very cool."

With the end of Age Of Ultron likely to set up the Civil War storyline of Captain America 3 , it's easy to believe Marvel has something different up its sleeve this time around. We'll find out for sure when the film opens in the UK on 24 April 2015.

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.