Next week is Comic-Con in San Diego, which should provide a whole bunch of announcements about the movies, TV shows and comic books that comprise our beloved nerd culture. (And we’ll try to pass as much of it along as we can.)
Entertainment Weekly is getting a head start on the fun with its annual Comic-Con preview, and has a doozy of an exclusive on its cover with the first image of Ultron, the killer robot that’s the big bad guy in the next Avengers film. Of course, the title — Avengers: Age of Ultron — kind of gives that away.
So what is Ultron? According to the EW article, it’s an artificial intelligence program designed by Tony Stark to allow him to operate the Iron Man suit without being in it (which sounds like an evolution of what we saw in Iron Man 3). Apparently, Ultron (who will be played by James Spader in motion-capture) is also intended to reduce the crime-fighting burden on the rest of the Avengers as well.
Obviously, things go very, very wrong as Ultron develops its own ideas on how to protect humanity — or we wouldn’t have much of a movie, would we?
The cover image also gives us a look at the newly redesigned suits for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans). Do you think those two are aware that Ultron, along with a half-dozen of his robot clones, are standing right behind them? Look out!
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for a May 1, 2015 release.