Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon arrives to reveal that Avengers 2 will be called …
Age of Ultron!
Crowd. Melts. Down.
For those who don’t follow the comic book world as closely, a little background is in order. Ultron was a sentient robot who was the creation of a scientist named Dr. Henry Pym — also known as Ant-Man, which means Avengers 2 will likely introduce the hero of Edgar Wright’s upcoming Marvel movie.
Ultron is self-aware and develops a craving for power, according to comics lore. He begins rebuilding himself into more and more powerful iterations and seeks to create artificial life himself in a twisted desire to become a parent — especially important since he eventually wars with his own “father,” Hank Pym.
But … the curious thing about the footage Whedon presented to introduce the Age of Ultron title is that it begins with a close-up of what appears to be Iron Man’s mask. We hear various lines various Avengers that were spoken in previous Marvel movies. As they speak, the Iron Man helmet spins and is scratched, dented, and pulverized.
It is transforming, and at the end we see a pullback and the title reveal: Iron Man’s mask has become Ultron’s grinning, fang-like metallic skull.
So will Hank Pym actually NOT be part of Ultron’s story? Might we see Marvel retcon this bit of lore to make Tony Stark the creator of Ultron. (Hey, he has the almost-sentient artificial intelligence Jarvis to help him. He’s close!)
Whedon offered no clues. But Age of Ultron was also the name of an apocalyptic series of comics by Brian Michael Bendis that was published this year, featuring the robot villain taking over the entire planet and leaving it in ruins, while superheroes turn refugee and hide away while plotting a counter-attack. (There’s a lot more to it than that, and casual fans may want to seek out the book ASAP before spoilers proliferate in Avengers 2 news reports.)
One thing is certain — the movie can’t be totally faithful to the books, which prominently feature Wolverine and Spider-Man, among other heroes that are licensed to other studios.
But we’ll find out more as we near the release date: May 1, 2015.
Thor: The Dark World opens Nov. 8.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due in theaters April 4, 2014.
Contributing: Darren Franich and Laura Hertzfeld