The Avengers was a milestone in film. It brought leagues of movie-goers to the Marvel Universe and it brought Earth's mightiest heroes to fame. After such a huge box-office breaker, you have to be asking yourself what Marvel can do to try and make their sequel even bigger than the original.
The answer is simple. Introduce a new bad-ass villain that can rival even Loki: the sentient robotic being known and feared as Ultron. However, those who haven't read the comics may not know how truly terrifying and literally awesome Ultron is.
Avengers 2: The Beginning of the End
Ultron was created by Hank Pym, also known as [Ant-Man](movie:9048), one of the original Avengers. He started out as a mere experiment, but became so much more. As soon as he became self-aware, he brainwashed Pym, thus wiping his memory of Ultron's existence.
Once he was finally free, he upgraded himself from Ultron-2 to Ultron-5, where he decided to make a weapon to combat The Avengers. With the help of Professor Norton, Ultron created the red-faced android which he dubbed his "Vision". He sent Vision to take care of The Avengers, but Vision ended up turning on him and joining them instead.
Ultron took control of Vision once again and forced him to make a new Ultron body, Ultron-6, out of secondary adamantium. In his newer form, Ultron attempted to detonate a nuclear bomb. Vision, now free from Ultron, was able to stop him, although Ultron ended up escaping.
Ultron continued to upgrade himself, becoming stronger and stronger each time he was defeated. He also took over several heroes in the Marvel universe, including Wasp, Adam Warlock, and Iron Man suits.
What We Can Expect For Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Death, death, and death.
As most of you may have realized, Ant-Man has not yet been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he won't until July 17, 2015 (after [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)). Therefore, he won't be able to construct Ultron. Luckily, Hank Pym isn't the only genius mechanic that Marvel has. It has been revealed that Tony Stark will build Ultron as a peacekeeping program. Further proving this, you can clearly see the Avengers logo on Ultron's early, tattered form.
You can also see that Ultron continually upgrades himself as he did in the comics. He goes from the picture above to this:
Which is pretty darn drastic. You can also see a quick shot of Captain America's broken shield in the trailer, which practically solidifies the fact that Ultron fashions a fancy new vibranium body for himself. Vibranium is commonly known as the hardest substance in the Marvel universe (even harder than adamantium). Therefore, seeing as Cap's shield is also made from vibranium, Ultron would have to be made of the same substance in order to break it.
We can also expect to see Vision in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, and it's fair to assume that Ultron will remain his creator. Vision is voiced by Paul Bettany, who also voices Jarvis, Tony Stark's automated intelligence system. Seeing as Ultron was created by Stark, it would make sense that he would have access to Jarvis. He could then embody Jarvis into a physical form that he could send to fight The Avengers, like he does in the comics. Vision could then further mirror the comics by turning on Ultron to re-join his former master. Sounds cool huh?
You can also expect to see a lot more of Loki's scepter from the first Avengers movie. Hopefully this will be the mind gem confirmation that we've all been waiting for!
Joss Whedon, the director of both the first Avengers movie and Age of Ultron, has made it clear that death will be present in abundance in this upcoming film. For my take on what Avenger will get the metaphorical axe, check out the link here.
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out here:
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hits the silver screen on May 1st, 2015. I know, I can't wait either.