While SDCC '14 isn't for another week, it looks like Marvel decided to start the party early. Next week's issue of EW features our first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check out the amazing new stills after the jump.
First off all, here's the cover in it's entirety giving us not only our first look at Ultron but also at the Ultron drones which we know will be a part of the film. This is certainly not going to be the finished look of Ultron as we know he'll upgrade himself several time throughout the film.
While the rest of the stills don't seem to give away any major plot points, they do give us a look at the new costume designs, including teasing Hulk's pants below, confirmation of El Mayimbe's scoop about the party at the Avengers' Tower (and it seems Rhodey has stopped by for a drink) and some Science Bros. action.
Not too bad for a Wednesday afternoon!
Also of great interest are some of the plot details in the EW article. First of all, as many expected Tony Stark will be responsible for the creation of Ultron:
"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 Iron Legion comment confirms a scoop that JoBlo.com landed months ago. If your're keeping score, a big chunk of what's been revealed through scoops has been accurate and, down below, you'll see another part of their scoop confirmed.
EW was able to get some quotes from director Joss Whedon about what goes wrong with Ultron. Despite changing his creator, it seems Ultron's mission remains the same: kill all the humans.
And, as I suggested above, while the Ultron on the cover looks boss, it won't be his final look. In the same scoop I mentioned earlier, JoBlo.com told us that we'd see 3 different versions of Ultron in the film. Given the fact that Ultron's consciousness is a program, it's scary to think that he can be anywhere at anytime...maybe even in space at some time in the future. The EW article touched on Ultron's evolution in the film:
"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."
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.Just think, the movie is only 9 1/2 months away...
The way Marvel has been making noise this week, I'd expect Comic-Con to be amazing and for us to get some more big news. Tune in here as I am back to the grind!