Slowly, fans are getting more and more information on the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, which will be released next year.
First, we had the trailer. It showed The Avengers relaxing, teasing one another about who was or was not "worthy" to lift Thor's famous hammer, Mjolnir. Everyone was relaxed, enjoying each other's company. Tony Stark even had a go at lifting the hammer himself.
However, the fun did not last for long. Soon, a half-wrecked robot came stumbling into the giant room (presumably in [The Avengers](movie:9040) Tower, formely the Stark Tower).
Immediately, The Avengers could tell something was wrong.
They were right to be worried. This was no ordinary robot, but an early version of Ultron, the robot programmed (in the movies, not in the comics) by Tony Stark to protect mankind, but who becomes the biggest threat the human race has ever known.
Ultron: Where Does It All Go Wrong?
Recently, Marvel even released a short "bio" of Ultron, which gave us some extra information on the background of this 8-foot-tall, fearsome, Adamantium metal Marvel villain:
Now most of this information will not be news to Marvel fans, however, there is something surprising, and it comes right at the beginning.
Ultron was, the bio reads:
First discovered as a simple computer program hidden among the ruins of the Chitauri invasion of New York
This is new. Like his being "created" by Tony Stark, it differs from his background in the comic books. Now this simply be a way of Marvel tying together the plots of The Avengers & The Avengers 2, but some have argued that it has more significant than that.
Does Ultron Work For Thanos in Avengers 2?
Here at Moviepilot, we have seen the argument that Ultron, having been made sentient by Tony Stark, now wants to exterminate mankind in order to prevent being returned to a simple "computer" program when Thanos invades (which he must know is inevitable).
However, could it not be the case the Ultron's motivation is more simple than that? And, potentially, more destructive?
In Ultron Unlimited, the comic story line which is said to be the closest to the plot of Avengers 2, Ultron decides to exterminate manking because of a simple paradox in his programming.
Tony Stark wants to use the (Chitauri) technology of Ultron to create a machine that can protect mankind. Therefore, he programs the machine to seek out and put an end to any potential threat to humanity. But he overlooks one crucial factor.
Mankind fights wars, destroys natural environments, imprisons its own populations, and wreaks untold havoc on itself. Ultron's thinking then, is that mankind is it's own biggest threat, and - if is programmed to destroy threats to humanity - it is humanity itself he must target.
This of course, is all the responsibility of the fatal flaw in the logic used by Tony Stark, and sets The Avengers on the road to the in-fighting that will culminate in the Iron Man vs Captain America battles of [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409).
This does leave one big question, however - where does Thanos fit into the story of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)? We know that the Infinity War is on it's way, and so it would be strange if we did not see the Mad Titan in Avengers 2 - but how will he appear?
Write in with your own thoughts and speculations below the line!