First Look at Ultron From Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By July 16, 2014

Next Saturday, it’s all but assured that Joss Whedon and the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron will take the stage in Hall H to unveil some footage from the extremely anticipated sequel to The Avengers. As I’ve mentioned before, I think Avengers: Age of Ultron has somehow been able to mostly fly under the radar, but once that footage plays for the SDCC crowd, I think it’s going to be at the forefront of Marvel fans’ minds until it debuts next year.

Entertainment Weekly’s new issue hits shelves this Friday, and the cover gives us our first official look at Ultron standing behind Iron Man and Captain America. Behind them, you actually see multiple clones of Ultron threatening to strike. Check it out below:

Age of Ultron EW cover

From EW:

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 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 magazine also confirms that Ultron is not just a robot, but a program, and one capable of uploading himself into the cloud and rebuilding himself into stronger forms. James Spader provides the voice and motion capture work for Ultron, and from those quotes above, it seems like this movie could have a tinge of tragedy associated with it, considering Tony Stark is ultimately responsible for creating what becomes a huge threat to the entire planet. Either way, we’ll have full video of the Marvel panel here at as soon as possible after the panel ends next weekend, so if you can’t make it out to SDCC this year, be sure to bookmark us and head back this way to find out what you missed.

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