Earlier this week, True Believers everywhere got their first look at ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ thanks to a series of pictures from the special Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly. Besides getting great photos of all the returning team members, Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes, and newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, that lot also included the first real picture of the titular villain that will be played by James Spader. However, what wasn’t included was information about Joss Whedon’s version of the classic Avengers adversary. But now the publication comes through yet again with another first from the finale of Marvel’ Studios’ Phase Two.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ultron is created by Tony Stark as a force for good. Along with a group of “robotic beat cops” called the Iron Legion (the blue robots in the picture above), the sentient, ever-evolving machine is meant to be a replacement for Iron Man so that Tony could step away from his duties and fully automize the protection of the world. He’s even designed to feel emotions and upload his consciousness to another body if he happens to be destroyed. Although when his struggle with empathy is mixed with elements of Stark’s own personality (most notably the cynicism), that’s when things start to take a bad turn.
The article then goes into one of the opening scenes of the movie that sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes mingling with some important people to assure them that they were not compromised by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s destruction. As the guests begin to trickle away, Maria Hill is left with the team as they linger amongst each other. That’s when the action kicks in, catching the Avengers off guard and without their equipment:
That’s when all hell breaks loose. The Legionnaires have suddenly activated, and are inexplicably trying to kill the heroes. In the chaos, Ultron—in one of his first, metallic forms—announces his new plan to bring peace to the planet—by eradicating the most destructive thing that walks on it: humans.
Even without their battle gear, the Avengers make short work of the traitorous, mechanical assailants. But Ultron is just getting started. He’s now thinking for himself … and they are not happy thoughts.
“I know you’re ‘good’ people,” he tells them. “I know you mean well… but you just didn’t think it through… There is only one path to peace… your extermination.”
How’s that for an introduction? It sounds like Whedon won’t be wasting any time in getting right into summer blockbuster mode in his follow up to ‘The Avengers’. But if the movie begins with an epic battle, then where do they go from there? I know that I can’t wait to find out.
What do you think about these details about ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’? Are you excited to see more of Tony Stark’s sinister creation? Sound off in the comment section.
‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.