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Around this time last year, prior to the announcement of James Spader playing Ultron, rumors began to circulate about Iron Man’s personal AI named JARVIS becoming the titular Marvel Comics villain in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ The reports indicated that Paul Bettany, who provided the voice of Tony Stark’s helping hand since the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would be upgraded from voice work to a full body performance to play the antagonist for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. However, we have since learned that the thespian from such films as ‘A Knight’s Tale’ and ‘Transcendence’ will actually be stepping into the role of the Vision, the avenging android that doesn’t have the most heroic intentions in his programming when he’s first introduced. The question remains though about how Bettany goes from digital butler to cape-wearing robot. Well, the brand new synopsis for Joss Whedon’s upcoming film may hint at the answer.

Stitch Kingdom recently shared the official synopsis of the highly anticipated sequel to ‘The Avengers’ on behalf of Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios. In the brief blurb, we get a taste of Ultron’s origins, the returning roster of heroes looking to take him down, and the three new additions to the MCU that may or may not be up to no good:

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.

Though we get no mention of Vision’s comic book origin that saw him created by Ultron, some key phrases like “uneasy alliances”, “unexpected action”, and “an old friend in a new form” could lead one to believe that things could easily go the way of the source material while adding new elements as well. Either way, the latest description of the Phase Two finale sounds about as action-packed and exciting as it’s predecessor.

What do you think of the new synopsis of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’? Are you excited to learn more about the Vision, Ultron, and all the new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know in the comments below.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.