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Any geeks out there getting pumped for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” yet? We sure have many reasons to be excited for Marvel’s huge undertaking to reunite our band of heroes for a sequel. Entertainment Weekly just released the cover photo of their latest edition, together with 8 set photos to tease fans for the upcoming Marvel movie. The cover pic features Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), and more importantly, we get to see the villainous Ultron portrayed by James Spader for the first time in high def!

Just ahead of the San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly is the first to unveil some plot details specifically aimed at the origins of Ulton and Vision, and we also get to know Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch a little better. Speaking to the entertainment mag, director Joss Whedon and the stars of the movie spilled the beans about their characters and revealed some saucy tidbits.

Vision and Ulton

Vision and Ulton

 

Let’s jump into it shall we? Be careful now, there are SOME SPOILERS!

Ultron’s origin

We knew for some time now that the story of Ultron’s creation will deviate from the comic books. Rumors suggested that Tony Stark will be the creator of the villainous robot and not Dr. Hank Pym a.k.a the original Ant-Man as per the comic books. The entertainment mag confirms this and also says that Stark will create a new robot injected with his personality to lead the Iron Legion. Ultron will have some of Stark’s traits, but none of his humanity. Humans will be seen as a source of problems that will need to be eradicated.

Vision’s origin

Sticking to the comic books this time, Ultron will set out to bring to life his own creation in the form of Vision. The super robot will be played by Paul Bettany who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S., Stark’s artificial intelligence, in the previous Marvel films. Not related to the comic books in anyway, it seems that Ultron might be using J.A.R.V.I.S.’s consciousness for spare parts in his creation.

Vision and Ulton

Vision and Ulton

When asked if this is a coincidence, director Joss Whedon said:

“It’s not coincidence,”, “And I’m not going to tell you any more about The Vision.”

Downey wasn’t as cautious, he said:

“Things only happen arbitrarily in Kevin Feige’s Marvel universe by mistake, and I think he’s maybe made two mistakes and they weren’t really in the movies. They were more in like the easter eggs early on. Things that he didn’t have as much final say over but would nowadays.”

Is it a coincidence then we still wonder? He added:

“Yeah, I don’t think Kevin would let that happen,”

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Johnson while shooting on set

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Johnson while shooting on set

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

Whedon said about their alliances:

“They’re on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to,”

He added about their abilities and the threat they pose:

“With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody. And now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.”

Aaron Johnson who plays Quicksilver described the twins:

“They’re gypsies in a way. They’re romani. They’re sort of like travelers…There’s a lot of clashing. He’s quick tempered. He gets agitated. He’s impatient. But he’s super protective. They’re very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he’s physical and she’s psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.”

Elizabeth Olsen who plays Scarlet Witch chimed in about her character:

“The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to be released on May 1, 2015. Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as The Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

 

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