With Comic Con just around the corner, most studios tend to hold back promotional materials at this point, to have some big reveals at nerd haven. That's not the case with Marvel studios however, as the first batch of photos from "Avengers: Age of Ultron" have been released, as well as a magazine cover with Ultron featured.
The photos give us a good look at the main stars of the film, including Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. We also get to see Don Cheadle reprising his role as Rhodes, as well as the wonderful Joss Whedon directing Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlett Witch. Olsen is also pictured in another photo with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays her twin brother Quicksilver in the film.
In addition to the fresh batch of photos, Entertainment Weekly released an article and cover photo of Ultron (voiced by James Spader), pictured with Iron Man and Captain America. Some major plot details about the upcoming film as well as some insight into the Ultron character himself were also revealed. The most major of the reveals is confirmation that Ultron's character begins as one of Tony Stark's "Iron Legion," a team of Iron Man-type robots that Stark is using to continue his crime-fighting since giving up being Iron Man.
Ultron also serves as a surrogate son to Tony and has elements of his personality. So why is Ultron out to destroy humanity?
EW reveals this line of dialog from Ultron that explains it: "I know you're 'good’ people. I know you mean well…but you just didn't think it through. There is only one path to peace…your extermination."
Whedon had something else to add on the matter. He stated "Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!’"
"He’s on a mission," he added. "He wants to save us."
The pieces are starting to come together and it definitely looks like we are in for one hell of an amazing adventure. Many regard "The Avengers" as one of the best comic-book films of all time. Obviously the stakes for the sequel must be raised and from the looks of it, that's exactly what Whedon has done.
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