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Folks, San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner (next weekend); which means that the majority of us fans who are not able to attend the con (and in my case on the other side of the country) will be flooded with exciting news about upcoming movies, comics, TV, games, etc.
As far as movies go, there are quite a few projects we’re all eager to see teased at SDCC this year. The most anticipated/expected has to be Avengers: Age of Ultron; Marvel Studios’ next big team-up set to hit theaters next May. Other movies expected to appear include The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Terminator: Genesis, and Jurassic World.
In terms of Age of Ultron, the sequel has been filming since May. Therefore, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Marvel to show off a basic, un-CGI’d teaser at SDCC (sort of like the teaser for The Avengers at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger). The cast is set to appear at Marvel’s con panel as well…which in itself is exciting alone. It must be a pretty universal feeling to see just what Joss Whedon will be bringing us less than ten months from now.
However, Marvel is always apt to tease fans at just the right time prior to a big announcement or release. The latest comes straight from the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly, which just flat out gives us a first, awesome look at the Avengers sequel! The cover sports Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in his new Iron Man suit and Chris Evans as Captain America in a new suit (a hybrid of his previous three suits). But perhaps the most noticeable aspect of the cover is our first official look at the title villain Ultron (played by James Spader through mo-cap). The human-esque A.I. bot looks extremely fierce, with an army of mini-Ultrons backing him. See the cover below:
For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), his Tony Stark has devised a plan that won’t require him to put on the Iron Man suit anymore, and should allow Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk to get some much needed R&R as well. His solution is Ultron, self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.
The only problem? Ultron (played by James Spader through performance-capture technology) lacks the human touch, and his superior intellect quickly determines that life on Earth would go a lot smoother if he just got rid of Public Enemy No. 1: Human beings.
Sounds like hints about the plot that we’ve heard previously, but still cool to see a little confirmation about the details. The mag goes on to describe Ultron’s character and just how versatile and dangerous he will be:
The hard part about battling Ultron, as the cover image suggests, is that he’s not just a robot—he’s a program, capable of uploading himself and disappearing not into the clouds but the Cloud. And he has a bad habit of rebuilding himself into stronger and more fearsome physical forms.
It’s true. Give the cover image a couple looks over, and you can definitely see the personality within Ultron (I don’t know if its the red glow or what). EW also mentions that their cover story in this issue will run through an early scene in the movie, which will explain the involvement of newcomers Scarlett Witch (Emily Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Vision (Paul Bettany).
[UPDATE] Immediately after posting, six new exclusive stills from Age of Ultron hit the web, also from Entertainment Weekly! Check the images out below, which feature: Tony/Bruce science bros, Hawkeye running, Whedon at work, the Maximoff twins, and Don Cheadle’s return as Rhodey!:
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st, and Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, directed by Joss Whedon.
– Josh Sazin, 7/16/14