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CBMB: First Look at Ultron and more!!!

By Muuka Muyumba

In anticipation of next week’s geek bonanza at San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly has just premiered the exclusive first look at Iron Man, Captain America, and Ultron from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, due out on May 1, 2015. The article features a discussion with director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, as well as an in depth look at “New Villains”, “The Crazy Plot”, and “Iron Man’s Master Plan”. The cover may not only be the debut of Ultron (and his robot army), but also an harbinger of what’s to come in the future of Avengers.

Cap and Tony are positioned in such a way to suggest an eventual split in their philosophies about how to protect the Earth, especially after Tony takes over to finance S.H.I.E.L.D. and creates an Avengers Academy. My thoughts have always been that this franchise is headed toward the Civil War storyline from the comics.

Robert Downey Jr. offered some thoughts on where he and the Avengers are headed in the excerpts from his interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“What you said about abdication is apt, but I think it’s also about recognizing limitations,” Downey Jr. says. “The downside of self-sacrifice is that if you make it back, you’ve been out there on the spit and you’ve been turned a couple times and you feel a little burned and traumatized.”

For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), his 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.

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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 hard part about battling Ultron, as the cover image suggests, is that he’s not just a robot—he’s a program, 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.

The cover story runs through a pivotal early scene in the movie that I witnessed on set, and explains where some of the new characters (Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, The Vision) fall on the good-guy/bad-guy spectrum. It also reveals exactly how Marvel Studios is retooling the origin story for Ultron, who first appeared in the comic books in 1968.

Oh, by the way, Ultron looks bad ass!

See more pics here!