First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Image Reveals the Villainous Robot; Joss Whedon Explains Ultron’s Motive and Origins

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is imminent, but the goodies have already begun to be unveiled.  In this week’s Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly, the first Avengers: Age of Ultron image is revealed in the form of a rather tantalizing cover that gives us a first look at the titular robot baddie.  Played by James Spader via performance capture, Ultron’s origins are actually rooted in Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, as he invents the artificially intelligent robot as a sort of replacement hero given his reluctance to keep donning the Iron Man suit.

Hit the jump to check out the full image and for much more info on Ultron and the plot of Age of Ultron straight from director Joss Whedon and Downey Jr.  And click here to see even more new images from Avengers 2.

avengers-age-of-ultron-image-robert-downey-jrSpeaking with EW, Downey Jr. says the beginning of Age of Ultron sees Tony Stark just wanting to take a break:

“What you said about abdication is apt, but I think it’s also about recognizing limitations. The downside of self-sacrifice is that if you make it back, you’ve been out there on the spit and you’ve been turned a couple times and you feel a little burned and traumatized.”

The magazine reveals that in Age of Ultron, Stark invents the self-aware, self-teaching Ultron as a way to keep himself from having to put on the Iron Man suit—it also allows for the rest of the Avengers team to take some well-needed time off.  As one can surmise, things don’t exactly go according to plan:

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.”

An evil robot with a nefarious plan to save humanity by destroying it?  Sounds like the perfect kind of material to be handled by Mr. Joss Whedon.  The article adds that Ultron becomes a formidable foe not just because he’s a robot, but because he’s a program capable of uploading himself into the Cloud and rebuilding stronger, deadlier forms.

More info on Age of Ultron is promised to be revealed in the full EW issue, on stands this weekend, and we’ll also learn even more about the pic at Marvel’s big Comic-Con panel next Saturday.  Be sure to come back to Collider then for our full, extensive recap.

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  • Person

    Ultron’s look isn’t a huge surprise, but it looks good. Skipped the rest of the article, not interested in knowing the plot until the movie comes out, but at least Ultron and his minions look good, and Iron Man and Cap’s suits look solid, too.

    • The Walking Cuban

      Yeah I don’t wanna know the plot man, but it’s gonna be hard for us to avoid it for a year

      • Person

        I rarely watch trailers anymore, that’s the best way to avoid the plot haha

      • The Walking Cuban

        Smart

      • The Walking Cuban

        Smart

      • The Walking Cuban

        Smart

      • Person

        I rarely watch trailers anymore, that’s the best way to avoid the plot haha

      • Person

        I rarely watch trailers anymore, that’s the best way to avoid the plot haha

  • Jeremy Flores

    Someone else in another site pointed it out, but I do like that Cap’s suit is an acknowledge of who he was and who he currently is.

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  • milo

    I just really hope the movie never ever uses the term “the cloud”.

    Otherwise looks really cool.

    I like that out of the bunch the other one included is Captain America, I’m sure the studio is happy to keep him front and center after how well Cap 2 was received.

    • Hunter

      Whenever I see that Sex Tape trailer I feel like they were really expecting that “the cloud” joke to hit

      • gar216

        You may be too cool for the joke, but everyone comments on it, and likes the joke. Believe it or not there are a lot of people 35-50 who understand the basics of “cloud” but are scared to put anything of any importance on it.

      • Sandwich

        There is something to the whole “cloud” thing, I think Hunter is just so damaged by the trailer for “Sex Tape” that the idea was missed. If that’s true, I’m in the same boat as him – as I LOATHE this piece of shit that is “Sex Tape”. Jason “Creeper” Segel and Cameron “Slut” Diaz. Sick fucks…

      • Spanky

        You know them personally to make that kind of judgement call… based on a movie where they.. you know.. are acting in?

  • ItsNotaSchooner

    I know it doesn’t have anything to do with this at all, but that picture gave me wonderful “Civil War” vibes with Cap and Tony there!

    • Vulcan

      Cap’s escape from SHIELD in Winter Soldier reminded me directly of Cap’s escape at the beginning of Civil War

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  • Stefan Bonomo

    I really like this updated look they gave to Ultron, and kinda guessed Tony Stark had something to do with Ultron. Now to wait until we can hear the delicious voice of James “Reddington” Spader in that robot.

    • milo

      Having Stark create him is also an excuse for the other avengers to be pissed at him. And the tension between them was one of my favorite parts of the first Avengers.

  • MCP

    So.. Ultron = Cyberdyne Systems, but in a robotic form and minus the “MUHAHAHAHA!!”

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Meh, the whole “the only way to save [x] from itself is to kill it” is a pretty classic Sci-Fi trope. The question is what Whedon will add to it to make it stand out.

      • MCP

        Yeah, I was thinking of numerous iterations to use as an example, but went with a familiar and classic theme. True that, hopefully it won’t just be a one-liner at the end of the movie and everyone meets up for milk shakes instead of shawarma this time around.

      • Man pippy

        Ultrons not gonna kill all of us, just keep a small society of humans alive safetly locked up in a zoo. Basically make us not be able to endanger our own existence and putting the responsibility of our survival into ultrons hands.

    • Grendal Sven

      Ultron = Cyberdyne
      = V.I.K.I.
      = Starchild and The Reapers

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Like the design of Ultron – looks great. Kinda disapointed that his origins were changed to suit the current MCU films. Would have been cooler had they not known where this robot came from and at the end introduced us to Hank Pym/Scott Lang to show that they were actually the creators leading into a prequel Ant-Man film to give us the backstory that leads us to the present.
    Oh well, I’m sure that this film will still be great but I hope they make it a little more serious than the 1st film to shake things up a bit – like the tone that CATWS had as it’s probably the darkest of the Marvel films yet.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I too want a darker/more somber Avengers sequel, but I’m also betting Avengers 3 is gonna be pretty damned dark. So I’m sure Disney is thinking ‘well, we can’t go too far this time, otherwise this series is gonna be super depressing’

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea I think you are right and will hold off until the 3rd film to actually get a darker/more somber film. If they can’t renegotiate a contract w RDJ I could see them killing his character off to make room for other Avengers or something like that w the 3rd film. Maybe dying fighting Thanos or something like that.

      • Pk

        If they do kill him off, star lord would be a worthy replacement

      • Kyle Chandler

        I could see that! Probably depends on how well the movie does. Also, I think that Paul Rudd as Ant-man might be the replacement for RDJs comedy chops if he decides to leave.

      • Kyle Chandler

        I don’t think we’ll ever get an Avengers film that would be described as “somber”, but I would settle for a few less zingers all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the humor, but I felt like they used it so much that it undercut any tension or sense of danger towards the end of the film (coulson’s scene aside). Still, this is meant to appeal to a wide range and make a jesus kabillion dollars.

        That said, I fully believe that a major character will die in either A2 or A3 – whedon won’t be able to help himself.

  • TigerFIST

    looks BAD ASS!!!

  • ThisGuy01

    I’m excited for Avengers 2 but Everytime I think about it I remember Aaron Taylor-Johnson is in it & I get wary. He’s not terrible. He’s just terribly boring.

    • Kyle Chandler

      At least he’s only one boring cog in the middle of a fantastical machine, not front and center boring like in godzilla.

      • Pk

        I hope they kill him and scarlet witch off. I have no interest in seeing these two in the future avenger movies

    • the king of comedy

      I agree he`s really boring, the only movies where he`s actually fun to watch is in the Kickass movies

    • the king of comedy

      I agree he`s really boring, the only movies where he`s actually fun to watch is in the Kickass movies

  • DEADP00L

    I might be in the minority here but was I the only one who thought we’d be heading for a Civil War ark? I thought that entire story was compelling and would have loved to see it in the movies, there were so many easter eggs in a lot of the movies.

    They make ultron sound like brainiac to be honest.

    • Kyle Chandler

      With the properties they currently have access to, I am not sure the Civil War ark makes sense since they wouldn’t be able to use xmen or fantastic four or even mutants in general.

      Also, the civil war centered around the registration act, where it was a big deal for some heroes to reveal their secret identity. In the MCU, there really isn’t any character WITH a secret identity so far (they know cap’s whole bio, tony stark is iron man, thor is just thor, etc.).

      It is a great storyline, and maybe one day if the studios decide to combine projects we could see it.

      • DEADP00L

        Yeah I pretty much ruled it out once FF4 was announced. Kind of lost hope to see Civil War but I was encouraged after Cap 2 came out. I mean no one knew who the winter soldier or black widow were except shield and Hydra. Avengers assemble itself had a lot of civil war easter eggs in particular the ending with the aftermath of the battle.

        I think everyone whose read civil war pretty much have nothing but good things to say about it – it was very very compelling. I think the Spiderman part of it though was quite weak though and I still can’t see him in an avengers movie.

        I really wish Marvel would just buy the properties back or at the very least make a joint studio production with two different directors for one project.

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  • LEM

    It sounds like I Robot/Avengers mash up.

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  • Dave

    Behind you!

  • Faptain America

    Anyone one know why the Ultron drone on the far right seems to be saying “Domo Arigato” (“Thank you very much” in Japanese?)

  • GrimReaper07

    Plot doesn’t sound too good but its Whedon so I’m optimistic.

    • Lance Kemal

      Erm how the hell do you know the plot its not based on the comic named age of ultron or cap would be missing that eye lol

      • GrimReaper07

        I was just judging based off that synopsis. “Plot” wasn’t the right word. I don’t like the premise, but I’m still optimistic.

      • Lance Kemal

        Wheadons proven that not only can he make both good sci fi and superhero movies but that he can also tell good tales with large cast trust me hes got this

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah, if he wasn’t involved I probably wouldn’t be as excited as I am.

      • Lance Kemal

        and Joss specifically chose to use ultron he wasn’t forced to use him in the sequel or anything meaning his creative mind had an interesting take on the character it may sound generic on the surface but Joss is a good director and an even better writer. Plus Ultrons not just an average robot hes brain waves are based on his creators brain waves and i believe this will carry over into the movie universe since Joss wheadon has described his version of ultron as having personality

  • AverageGamers

    Ultron is a perfect villain for The Avengers, especially in an era when people are being addicted-to/enslaved-by technology. Winter Soldier already hinted such fear, and Ultron’s gonna bring it. Wohoho… why can’t May 2015 come sooner?

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Because time is linear? Despite what Matthew McConaughey says.

      • Faptain America

        Time is a flat circle, fool! *goes back to making tin can figures*

  • Lance Kemal

    Now i just need a picture of the vision and im sold. How is it we haven’t even got concept art for the vision yet

  • Strong Enough

    I never got the whole robots want to kill humans and take over Earth sci fi bit. The super intelligent robots never think it’s better to leave Earth and go to another planet to create? They always stay on Earth when there are thousands of other galaxies to inhabit.

    • Lance Kemal

      Ultron did take over another planet though

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  • eternalozzie

    and Marvel craps all over it’s source material for some dollars again … and Iron Man looks like he’s made out of plastic again

    • blahblahblah

      …so what you’re saying is you’re going to pay to see this many times because you wont have anything better to do

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Oh come on, almost every comic book movie ever made has made changes to its source material. That has really stopped being a legitimate complaint. Batman, Superman, Spider-man, X-Men, Iron Man, etc. – they all make changes, major and minor, to characters to make their appearance/backstory/etc. more conducive to the larger story. That’s why the movies are adaptations, not direct ports.

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  • appolox

    HOLY SH*T THATS THE COOLEST THING EVER!!!!

  • Faptain America

    Stark makes Ultron. Ultron does what all sentient robots do: realize that humans are the problem. Rhodey dies. Ultron creates Vision. Vision leads Avengers into a trap. Ultron mind-controls Hulk, who fights Iron Man. Also since they’re building up this Avengers Tower with Quinjet hangar so much, I presume it’s going to get blown up. In the end Scarlet Witch’s hex helps destroy Ultron because magic > metal, over the objections of Vision, who is in love with Scarlet Witch. Hulk gets sent to outer space because of the, uh, mind control thing.

    Never much liked those Quinjets.

  • My_Big_Opinion

    I’m thinking RDJ is just feeding EW a little white lie. Hopefully the real story will be under wraps till opening day. Wouldn’t be fun if they revealed plot this early. Fingers crossed.

  • liquid

    Stark invents Ultron? I thought Ant Man did…

    • celxx

      Marvel Cinematic Universe is clearly different from the Marvel Comics. If you’re only realizing that now, where have you been all these years?

      • liquid

        Clearly, I just figured that with the Ant Man movie being put together, it would had made more sense. You know they will combined all their stories somehow, why not do it the way it should be.

      • celxx

        Have you been keeping up with the news of the Ant Man movie? If so, you would’ve known that if Ant Man created Ultron, it would screw up their plans for the movie

      • liquid

        Excuse me for living mr know it all. Working 2 jobs and raising a family dosent give me all the time in the world to follow every fucking detail of every Marvel movie, then bash those that casually go on these sites. Some of us have better things to do.

  • irobot 2

    2004 called iRobot wants its plot back!!! will Asimov get a writing credit??? same old rehashed garbage

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