The Age of Ultron is nearly upon us. Tonight’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured an announcement that the first glimpse of the Avengers sequel will come during next Tuesday’s broadcast.
The film itself isn’t due in theaters until May 1 of next year, so this preview will likely be just a tease of things to come from the metal madman who tries to save the world by wiping it free of human life.
EW has already revealed some details from the Joss Whedon written and directed film, including that the origin story for Ultron (performed via motion capture by James Spader) will now incorporate Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, who sees the artificial intelligence program as a way of taking pressure of himself and his fellow heroes. In the comics, Ultron was strictly the creation of Hank Pym, the scientist who also served as the first Ant-Man (and is played by Michael Douglas in that movie, due next July.)
Expect the Oct. 28 trailer to provide the first footage of twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch (Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), two Eastern European orphans who harbor a grudge against the world, and become allies of Spader’s murderous Ultron.
“They’re on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to,” Whedon told EW in our July cover story. “With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody. And now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.”
Apart from some leaked concept drawings being used in marketing, Marvel Studios hasn’t yet revealed photos of The Vision, the synthezoid created by Ultron as a super-powered minion. Paul Bettany, who’s already a player in the Marvel movie universe as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., the Siri-like artificial intelligence who serves as Tony Stark’s laboratory sidekick, will portray Vision and that casting is [SPOILER ALERT] not at all a coincidence. Expect a scene in which Iron Man discovers his longtime automaton friend is gone, raided by Ultron as spare parts for his Frankenwarrior.
How much we’ll see next week during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is anyone’s guess, but Marvel has proven itself the master of the long tease.