First Official Ultron Image Drops. And It Doesn't Suck.

First Official Ultron Image Drops. And It Doesn't Suck.

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Now we know just how sinister the film's villain looks. Spoiler: it's kind of great.

With one week to go before everything on the Internet grinds to a halt to accommodate the marketing juggernaut otherwise known as San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly has primed the pump with an exclusive preview of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first of what is certain to be a mountain of such previews - several weeks back a lot of journalists were flown out for a closer look; most of them are still under embargo - it gives us our first official look at that film's villain, the android called, well, Ultron.

I'll admit it, I'm probably not the most honest critic when it comes to these films. With the exception of the execrable Iron Man 2, even the most flawed entries in the series have been a delight. And so it is that my saying "HOLY CRAP THIS LOOKS AWESOME" should be taken with a huge grain of salt. But, you know, holy crap this looks awesome. I'm impressed by the way the design of Ultron's robot body isn't trying to run away from how he looks in the comics, but - and I admit I don't particularly love how Ultron currently looks in said comics - still manages to give it a live action polish without making it too serious.

The story will differ sharply from the 10-issue "Age of Ultron" miniseries - the production has essentially taken the main villain and the title and nothing else - but it will involve, as you can see from the cover, Ultron creating an army of Ultron robots to do, well, something evil, obviously. In the MCU, Ultron is an AI created by Tony Stark (rather than by Hank Pym, since, as Devin Faraci notes on Badass Digest, Hank won't show up until Ant-Man) to assess threats. Fortunately, Ultron soon goes a bit crazy and develops a mommy/daddy complex, just as god (and Marvel Comics) intended.

So here's something else: as you know, Paul Bettany, who already voices Tony Stark's AI assistant J.A.R.V.I.S., will also be lending his voice to Vision, The Avengers' android member who eventually ends up in a relationship with The Scarlet Witch. In the comics, Vision is created by Ultron (his brain based on that of Wonder Man's), but he's eventually convinced to rebel against his creator. I am now placing the odds at 1:1 that Vision and J.A.R.V.I.S. will be the same character. My guess - and obviously you've all drawn the same conclusion - is that when Ultron rebels against Tony Stark, he'll end up corrupting the J.A.R.V.I.S. program and placing it into one of his robotic soldiers. No doubt contact with Tony and, probably, meeting Scarlet Witch during the course of the film will end up bringing him back over to fight for The Avengers.

So what do you think about the movie version of Ultron, readers? Sound off in comments. In the meantime, below enjoy a larger version of the EW cover, along with a page from "Age of Ultron" to compare/contrast.

Source: EW via Badass Digest.

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kinda reminds me of the TX from terminator 3.

Wow, some folks really don't like Iron-Man 2.

OT: Ultron looks bad-ass although, personally, I would have preferred the gold finish.

"In the MCU, Ultron is an AI created by Tony Stark (rather than by Hank Pym, since, as Devin Faraci notes on Badass Digest, Hank won't show up until Ant-Man) to assess threats. Fortunately, Ultron soon goes a bit crazy and develops a mommy/daddy complex, just as god (and Marvel Comics) intended."

Has this been confirmed?

Why does it still have an ant-like head if it wasn't created by Hank Pym? Shouldn't it look more like Ironman or something?

To say the least, he's impressive looking. I kind of glad he doesn't have a big gaping mouth has always has.

WaltIsFrozen:
"In the MCU, Ultron is an AI created by Tony Stark (rather than by Hank Pym, since, as Devin Faraci notes on Badass Digest, Hank won't show up until Ant-Man) to assess threats. Fortunately, Ultron soon goes a bit crazy and develops a mommy/daddy complex, just as god (and Marvel Comics) intended."

Has this been confirmed?

Yes. HOWEVER I wouldn't be shocked if we get a Hank Pym cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron in which it's revealed maybe he works at Stark Industries, or (since hank Pym is being played by Michael Douglas, so probably he doesn't work for Stark) that the technology behind Ultron was derived somehow from work Pym did. Surely, they'll set up Ant Man in Avengers 2 in some way. But officially, Ultron is created by Tony.

Damn. That does look pretty cool.

And...wait...Jarvis' voice actor is also going to be playing Vision? Vision is gonna be in this movie? HELL YES!

Jarvis becoming Vision would be AMAZING if done right. I know it's just you saying that, because of the voice actor etc but damn it would be awesome, Jarvis is amazing in the Ironman films and Avengers, even if he doesn't have a body xD

But yeh, Ultron looks fantastic. Can't wait for this!

Looks like a mecha-Spiderman. Still excited to see this.

I have to admit it's strange to find myself on the other side of the "movies going against source material" conversation (speaking generally). Normally my thoughts and opinions are "how dare you deviate from the source material," yet I really have not a single care for the Pyms so deviate away.

Cover is probably hinting at Ultron 6. I'm curious if they're going to use Admantium or if they'll just reference it as Vibranium Alloy for 6.

I don't really know anything about Ultron, but this design does look kinda generic and i'm not digging it.

On paper this sounds like everything a Marvel fan could possibly ever want. I hope go all deities that it delivers on the hype.

Man that looks pretty badass. The new Iron Man armour and Cap uniform look pretty damn cool as well. Can't wait for this movie :D

I thought this was about Google Ultron and now I'm really dissapointed.

He doesn't look sinister, he looks like the dude from Crysis(who always looked kinda' goofy)
Not saying its won't be a very successful movie, but the last Avengers had an entire army of aliens, giant flying armored space worms and a literal God fucking about. This one has a concept art reject from Halo 4.

MrBaskerville:
I don't really know anything about Ultron, but this design does look kinda generic and i'm not digging it.

It's been confirmed that the "design" will be altering thought the movie. As long as they skip the Ultron 1 coffee maker I'll be happy. I have bets that it's that killer robot arm that's been trying to kill Tony since the first movie, but that's a long shot bet.

I just hope the movie doesn't overuse the army of mooks like the first Avengers did. Basically, I hope the third act isn't another "Fight our way through this endless mob of robots so we can one-hit KO the villain." With Loki it works and makes sense. With Ultron, that would just be boring.

arc1991:
I know it's just you saying that, because of the voice actor etc but damn it would be awesome, Jarvis is amazing in the Ironman films and Avengers, even if he doesn't have a body xD

Even so, the fact that Ultron created Vision in the comics, and that they're having Tony, who created JARVIS, create Ultron, makes this so very likely.

Lvl 64 Klutz:
I just hope the movie doesn't overuse the army of mooks like the first Avengers did. Basically, I hope the third act isn't another "Fight our way through this endless mob of robots so we can one-hit KO the villain." With Loki it works and makes sense. With Ultron, that would just be boring.

Problem is that this is standard comic book M.O. The badguy uses his crowd of disposable minions to slow down the good guys until the showoff.

I am quite excited, but the most manly sound I can make at the moment is "Kyaaaa!!!!" So excited! and I'm digging the new Cap uniform. Although I'm about half way through the Age of Ultron story arc in the comics and I have no earthly idea how they're gonna make this movie...

I just think it is funny that no one is complaining how this film is being overstuffed with characters. You are introducing an original villain who will probably transform multiple times, vision who will need his own character arc, Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch who have only appeared in a cameo. Along with them you have the original four avengers plus Black Widow and Hawk Eye. Assuming no one else appears in this movie you have ten characters who are all pretty big deals. I get the feeling Hawk Eye will be relegated to the smallest role in the movie, Thor and Hulk will just be brought in to punch some stuff and all the character development will go to Ironman and his robot friends since you know he is the one who makes all the money. I hope it works out since I don't think big casts ruin films but it seems pretty silly to have all this in one movie. Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch are enough for their own movie.

I kind of hate how Tony Stark is a tech god in the MCU. I can't stand how it's one man who does all of this and no one else can compete. I know they can't have Reed Richards, but Bruce Banner is smarter than Tony Stark (something we will never see), Hank Pym is at least his equal though with a shit ton harder on himself for every little failure. I just think it's a cop out that they make Tony Stark such a focal point in the entire Universe.

That said... what does Ultron look like? On the cover, he looks kind of like he does in the comics (IE Pretty Awesome). If you click on the link in the article, he looks terrible.

RossaLincoln:

WaltIsFrozen:
"In the MCU, Ultron is an AI created by Tony Stark (rather than by Hank Pym, since, as Devin Faraci notes on Badass Digest, Hank won't show up until Ant-Man) to assess threats. Fortunately, Ultron soon goes a bit crazy and develops a mommy/daddy complex, just as god (and Marvel Comics) intended."

Has this been confirmed?

Yes. HOWEVER I wouldn't be shocked if we get a Hank Pym cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron in which it's revealed maybe he works at Stark Industries, or (since hank Pym is being played by Michael Douglas, so probably he doesn't work for Stark) that the technology behind Ultron was derived somehow from work Pym did. Surely, they'll set up Ant Man in Avengers 2 in some way. But officially, Ultron is created by Tony.

That's exactly what I think will happen. Ant-Man is supposed to come out like two months after Avengers 2, so this would be a perfect way to push some hype onto Ant-Man. While they will say Tony creates Ultron, I believe Hank Pym will have some role with it, as well.

Akiraking:
I just think it is funny that no one is complaining how this film is being overstuffed with characters. You are introducing an original villain who will probably transform multiple times, vision who will need his own character arc, Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch who have only appeared in a cameo. Along with them you have the original four avengers plus Black Widow and Hawk Eye. Assuming no one else appears in this movie you have ten characters who are all pretty big deals. I get the feeling Hawk Eye will be relegated to the smallest role in the movie, Thor and Hulk will just be brought in to punch some stuff and all the character development will go to Ironman and his robot friends since you know he is the one who makes all the money. I hope it works out since I don't think big casts ruin films but it seems pretty silly to have all this in one movie. Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch are enough for their own movie.

In an earlier article I did mention the overstuffed with characters aspect as a potential problem. However, I'm cautiously optimistic. By now we have 2 movies each with Cap and Thor, three movies with Iron Man, three movies with Black Widow, and several with Nick Fury. I hope this means they trust the audience to get those characters enough that they don't need to get too bogged down with establishing them, and thus can bring some focus and development to the new characters. Additionally, rumors are that The Hulk gets a shining role in this one.

 

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