Geek Christmas is fast approaching; yes, I mean the San Diego Comic-Con. And with that, news of upcoming movies is going to be fast and furious for the next couple of weeks. Today we have our first official look at most of the big iconic heroes from Avengers: Age of Ultron, including Ultron himself.
See below for pictures of the robot, Ultron (who will be voiced by James Spader), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and newcomers Quicksilver (Aaron Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) all from the latest copy of EW.
Now, [spoilers ahead] Ultron might be brought into the story in a way that you’re recalling from the comics. For Avengers: Age of Ultron, the robot is an attempt by Tony Stark to get the heroes a break from the exhaustion of constantly having to save the planet. Here’s the lowdown from EW’s interview with director Joss Whedon.
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, a 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. “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!’” Whedon says, rubbing his hands together.
“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker adds, and smiles thinly. “He wants to save us.”
We’ll keep you posted on the latest for Avengers: Age of Ultron, starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Thomas Kretschmann, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader, which drops in to theaters on May 1, 2015.