The main photo above for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, was released in conjunction with this year’s San Diego Comic Con. As those releases generally go, there’s a lot going on. There’s even some new faces in the team of planetary defenders. Lets start to dig into this slowly. There is a very big picture here and a much larger picture that it’s painting within itself, whether you see it or not.
I promise you, you’ll want to make it to the bottom of this post.
In this new Avengers film, Ultron is our main villain. The title does a good job of establishing that. Who/what is Ultron? Marvel purists know Ultron as the invention of scientist Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, and known as the living automaton. It has been confirmed that although an Ant-Man movie is in the works, there will be no Hank Pym in The Avengers 2. There’s a more recent generation of the Ultron story where the living automaton is born of Stark technology and corrupts Tony’s favorite artificial intelligence invention, JARVIS. I would count on that being the source material for this Avengers plot line.
Let’s dig into the poster. We’ll put up our “well-known’s” first with a little extra back story. Ultron becomes hell bent on perfection and the strongest stance the bot holds is that “humanity is inherently flawed”, thus needs to be eliminated. His main goals are relatively simple for a robot with a sort of god-complex: kill Hank Pym, kill the Avengers, and destroy humanity. It looks like 2 of those goals are in play during this movie. In Ultron’s attempts to achieve those goals, his plots are thwarted and then learns to rebuild and upgrade himself. That should mildly explain the army of Ultrons. Let’s take a closer look.
Thor being the demigod he is, looks to be handling the situation fine… you know… in this split second frame.
Not that the Hulk ultimately likes anything, this is kind of him in his comfort zone. Endless opportunities to smash.
Iron Man is always interesting because Tony Stark is really nothing more than a ballsy, rich, genius. His survival is entirely dependent upon being able to think beyond all possible threats and safeguard himself from it, via his suit. This could be a huge challenge if Ultron turns out to be his insane, perfectionist, brainchild.
Cap is everyone’s perfect gentleman and super soldier. The goal was to have an army full of hims and not just one of him against an army of humanoid robots.
Hawkeye and Black Widow
The truth of the matter is these two heroes are spies. Short of being extremely well-trained fighters, intelligent, acrobatic and having absurdly good eyesight, this sort of swarming robots scenario doesn’t bode well for their best skill sets.
Quicksilver and The Vision
An interesting addition here because Quicksilver is generally known to be the son of Magneto. The placement of The Vision floating in the background I’m sure is there to raise the question if that is in fact Magneto, but of course, Marvel Studios and Disney does not own the rights to use Magneto or the X-Men. The Vision is an android created by Ultron that eventually swaps allegiances and aligns with the Avengers. I would anticipate a wild battle between The Vision and some or all of The Avengers team before he turns good. Also, Paul Bettany plays The Vision, but is also the voice of JARVIS, so you can probably see how he ties in with Ultron, Tony Stark, and technological mayhem.
The Scarlet Witch isn’t much of stretch to have included in this Avengers movie once we see Quicksilver on the scene. They’re generally tied pretty closely together as characters and rightfully so, being that they’re siblings. A dynamic may take place here, making her a much larger part of the plot. The Scarlet Witch eventually becomes romantically involved with The Vision, which you can probably put it together; perhaps she’s the reason he switches sides in this movie? We’ll have to wait and see.
I told you there was a lot here that wasn’t so plainly obvious to the eye. So did I miss anything here? What do you think the plot lines will be? How do you see Ultron and The Vision playing out? Hit up the comments and we’ll get to it!
By: Eli Rebich
An extra little gem for those of you who made it to the bottom:
Who Is Ultron?