"Avengers: Age of Ultron:" When Bad Things Happen to Good Heroes

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Marvel gives fans a sneak peek at Ultron, the new villain facing our heroes in the “Avengers” sequel.

Jul 17, 2014 | 07:57 PM

Tony Stark is exhausted. In fact, all of the Avengers are feeling a bit spent. It’s understandable—how many times do the same group of heroes have to save the world, anyway?

In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) devises a plan to give his Iron Man suit—and the rest of the good guys—a much-needed break. What does our favorite genius, billionaire, and philanthropist do? He creates an artificial intelligence, Ultron, to fight the bad guys for them.

Sounds like a good idea, right? However, instead of protecting humanity as Stark had intended, the self-aware robot goes rogue, determining that the best thing for the world is to wipe all humans off the face of the Earth. Whoops! Not such a great plan after all.

On Wednesday, Marvel gave fans a first look at the menacing new threat that will terrorize the globe in the supercharged sequel. The newly released images, which appear in Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con 2014 preview, also offer glimpses of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Fans may recognize newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, respectively, in one of the photos as well.

In the comics, Ultron was actually created by the brilliant scientist Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, the alter ego of Ant-Man. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” movie is scheduled for release in 2015, and will star Paul Rudd in the titular role, but as Pym’s successor Scott Lang.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

Cover image credit: Twitter/EW

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