The first details on “Avengers: Age of Ultron” are in the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con preview issue of Entertainment Weekly: http://bit.ly/1nwUfBY
Marvel and Disney have released the first official stills from Avengers 2: Age of Ultron as well. I’m pretty stoked about the costume designs. Do you think Ultron’s design is perfectly villainous, or are you disappointed in who the Avengers will take on next? The behind-the-scenes photos from feature Hawkeye’s new threads, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow & more.
The cover, which highlights new “Age of Ultron” looks for Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America, not only gives the most detailed look yet at the Avengers’ greatest foe, but also indicates he won’t be alone in his assault on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Ultron minions populate the background of the image, sporting a blue glow instead of the red of Ultron prime.
But that’s not all that’s revealed about Age of Ultron. We also find out that Tony Stark himself is the creator of Ultron — a departure from the character’s comic book origins — building the robot and constructing the program so he doesn’t have to put on Iron Man’s suit any longer. He also thinks his creation will give his fellow Avengers a bit of rest. Ultron, though, decides he has plans of his own and targets humanity as Earth’s biggest enemy. “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 ‘Mwahaha, soon I’ll rule!'” said director Joss Whedon. “He’s on a mission. He wants to save us.”
I’m equal parts thrilled and terrified of this story. It’s so hard to do a truly emotionless, rational character, and Hollywood usually screws it up, but if they can somehow pull it off, I will love this forever. If they can keep the darker elements they’ve been using recently in character without sliding into total comedy, this could be amazing.
Currently filming in London, the sequel stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader. Written and directed once again by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron will open on May 1, 2015.
On a side note, my favorite part of the cover was the easter egg. Check out the top right corner of the image, right under the T and between two of the Ultron bots. Can you see it? It reads:
The phrase “domo arigato” is the Japanese and means “thank you very much.” It’s likely a reference to the song “Mr. Roboto” by classic rock band Styx, from their 1983 album Kilroy Was Here.
It was a concept album. The song tells a story about Kilroy escaping prison by hiding inside one of the worker robots at the prison. The line “domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” is Kilroy thanking the robot for helping him escape. I wonder if we may hear this classic in the movie? I hope so, I love Styx!