We’ve got it! The very first official picture from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’s Captain America, and James Spader’s Ultron, this is the greatest threesome the world of fandom’s ever seen. I won’t weigh you down with too many heavy handed words, so go straight to browsing this glorious pic.
Awesome, right? I have to say, Ultron is looking particularly fierce. I was originally concerned that our adamantium laced baddie would be a little too Transformers-like, but this image has assuaged all concerns. Not only that, but Cap’s new suit is not lame! Unlike his first Avengers uniform, which was a patriotic pajama onesie, this Age of Ultron iteration implies badassery.
Oh, and guess what? Remember when we scooped Age of Ultron all the way back in August of 2013? We revealed that Paul Bettany would have a motion capture or live action role, that Ultron was based on JARVIS, and that Vision would make an appearance. Well, according to this official synopsis, we’re looking pretty rosy.
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.
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.”
[Ultron is] 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.