New ‘Avengers 2’ Details: The Origins of Ultron and the Vision Revealed
By the twelve moons of Munnopor! ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ opens in theaters in less than five months! Five months! An we’ve still only seen a couple of brief teasers and a handful of images from the movie! Why, it’s almost like Marvel wants us to actually be surprised by the movie!
If you want to be totally surprised by ‘Age of Ultron,’ you might want to skim this post. But for those looking for a little more detail about new Avengers villain Ultron, and new Avengers member the Vision (Paul Bettany, who formerly voiced Iron Man’s artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S.), these new images, which look like they’re taken from action-figure packaging of some kind and were posted today on Reddit, offer some significant new details on the ‘Avengers’ cast additions. First, let’s take a look at Ultron, who’s played by James Spader:
Here’s the full biography, if the image is tough to read:
First discovered as a simple computer program hidden among the ruins of the Chitauri invasion of New York, the being known as Ultron soon completed its development into a sophisticated artificial intelligence after some experimentation by Tony Stark. Ultron's first shocking ultimatum upon gaining consciousness was to declare the human race its enemy. Setting out to exterminate all life on the planet, the unstable and emotional Ultron seeks to upgrade its mechanical body to an ultimate, unstoppable form. With an army of robotic drones and the ability to enter and corrupt any computer network, Ultron will stop at nothing to see humanity wiped out.
And here’s the Vision:
And the full text:
Programmed by the combined geniuses of Tony Stark & Bruce Banner and imparted with the ability to fly, project intense energy beams and change the density of his form, the Vision has proved himself a worthy hero, aiding the Avengers in their struggle against the evil A.I. Ultron.
The Vision bio is a bit vaguer than the Ultron one, but both provide new information on the characters, and reveal some ways they’ll be different from their comic-book counterparts. In the comics, the Vision was created by Ultron (and, who knows, maybe he still will be in the movie) based on the brain patterns of a character named Wonder Man who’s yet to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to this image, the MCU Vision instead has “the combined geniuses of Tony Stark & Bruce Banner.” Meanwhile, comic-book Ultron originated as a Hank Pym creation; here he’s actually a leftover from the Chitauri alien invasion of the first ‘Avengers’ movie, with a little extra Tony Stark knowhow thrown in for good measure.
Just how exactly these two characters fit together—and into the ongoing Marvel movie saga—is still unclear. And, frankly, that’s fine by me. I’d rather find out for myself when ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.