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Note (Possible) SPOILERS below:

Remember that Avengers: Age of Ultron Entertainment Weekly cover that came out the other day?

Yup, that one.

Well, it was hiding something.

Something...bigger than it seems.

See that writing in the top corner? Just underneath the 't' in Entertainment?

That one.
That one.

Y'know, that part that reads 'Domo Arigato'.

Now, this could just mean that whoever designed the cover really wanted to express their appreciation to someone in Japanese (It roughly translates as "thanks a lot") - or it could be something...more.


Even huge-er...
Even huge-er...

Now, when you think Domo Arigato, you probably think one thing in particular.

Mr Roboto.

And the reason why?

That'd be Styx.

Yup. The insanely catchy, quintessentially 80s song Mr. Roboto

Now, that's all well and good and all - but is referencing the most famous robot-related song around all the cover was up to?

Maybe - but maybe not...

Y'see, the album the song is taken from is a rock opera, one telling the story of a former rock star (in a dystopian future, because that's where all rock operas seem to be set). The song Mr. Roboto, though, tells a very particular part of that story: one in which the rock star escapes from prison - by hiding within an emptied out robot guard.

Just like Kenny Baker in Star Wars...
Just like Kenny Baker in Star Wars...

Wait a second, though. Doesn't that seem awfully similar to something we've seen before...

Oh, yeah.

Pretty much every single story featuring Ultron in the comics.

When he isn't busy standing in radioactive rubble.
When he isn't busy standing in radioactive rubble.

The villain is constantly sneaking into robotic bodies, brainwashing heroes and then, when defeated, rebuilding himself and starting again.

All of which started with him hypnotizing...Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers' butler.

Also known, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as J.A.R.V.I.S, voiced by Paul Bettany.


Who, in a shocking co-incidence, was just confirmed to also be playing The Vision.

Who, in the comics, was created by...Ultron.

Which, in turn, in that latest issue of EW, is confirmed to still be the case.

So, that line on the cover, that could well just be a light-hearted reference to a cheesy, beloved song.

Or, it might just be that the same magazine that just revealed the first real details about The Vision's origin also found out some - off the record - information about how Ultron gets out into the real world in the movie - by (sort of) imitating a Styx song...

And that they just found a way to tell us all...

[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) is set for release May 1, 2015. With or without a Styx soundtrack.


What do you guys think? Did that EW cover really just tease a plot detail from Age of Ultron?



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