Rumor Patrol: ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Plot and Character Details

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Ultrons holding Earth Rumor Patrol: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Plot and Character Details

As the third highest-grossing movie of all time (and the highest-grossing comic book movie full stop), The Avengers left a big legacy to live up to. Next year director Joss Whedon will attempt to match (or even beat) his own record with sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which the titular superhero team will face off against a new threat: the indomitable android Ultron (James Spader).

Concrete plot details are currently scarce, but the powerful sibling duo Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will be joining the fray, as teased in the mid-credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Filming began in worldwide locations earlier this year and production is currently focused in London, with the release date for The Avengers: Age of Ultron now less than a year away.

For those who can’t bear the wait, however, JoBlo claims to have a small collection of plot and character tidbits from a “trusted and proven source.” There is nothing that could be really be considered a spoiler, but those who would prefer to remain totally in the dark about The Avengers: Age of Ultron until the trailers are released may want to give the following details a miss.

[Warning: Possible mild SPOILERS for The Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead.]

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man Rumor Patrol: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Plot and Character Details

Iron Man leads the pack

It’s no secret that Tony Stark is currently the figurehead of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man was Marvel Studios’ first movie and Iron Man 3 was second only to The Avengers in its total box office gross. According to JoBlo‘s report, the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier means that Tony will be picking up the tab for the Avengers in Age of Ultron. The former Stark Tower is left with its single “A” and becomes the new HQ for the team, as well as the central hub for global security. Tony uses his seemingly bottomless wealth to fund new costumes, a new Quinjet, and new tech.

That new tech will include an army of Iron Man drones similar to those used in Iron Man 3, which allow Tony to “keep the peace” since he’s not able to be everywhere at once. There is something a bit unsettling about an army of robots being used as a police force around the world, governed by a single man. Maybe it’s just the impending release of X-Men: Days of Future Past that’s soured the idea a little, though. Either way, we already know from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Stark has “privatized” the remaining forces of S.H.I.E.L.D., so these ideas seem reasonable enough.

In addition: having been plastered all over international news during the attack on New York, the Avengers are officially out of the superhero closet and have publicly made clear their intention to keep the world safe. It won’t be an easy task.

The Avengers hero shot Rumor Patrol: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Plot and Character Details

The Avengers assemble

According to JoBlo‘s source, The Avengers: Age of Ultron won’t waste time retreading the exhausting process of getting the group of strong personalities to work together as a team again. An opening battle near the start of the film will provide the first “hero shot” of everyone together as they take on Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) and encounter the twins for the first time.

To symbolize their status as a proper team, Tony Stark has designed costumes for everyone that all feature an Avengers logo (this detail seems to be true, based on set photos of Captain America’s new uniform). Black Widow has been gifted two new batons with the ability to shock enemies into submission, Hulk has been given some stretchy pants to help preserve his dignity, and Hawkeye will sadly be covering up his guns with a long-sleeved jacket, also seen in set photos.

Marvel Comics Vision Crying Rumor Patrol: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Plot and Character Details

Explicit android-on-android action

Why have one Ultron when you can have three? There will apparently be three different versions of Ultron featured in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as he transitions from a rudimentary original state to something much more advanced. He is coated in Vibranium and spends much of the movie seeking out more raw materials in order to continually upgrade. At least one version of Ultron will be mo-capped by Spader.

Paul Bettany, who has played Tony Stark’s friendly artificial intelligence system J.A.R.V.I.S. in the movies so far, will be getting an upgrade in this movie to become Vision, an android and member of the Avengers in the comics. According to this report, Vision will not make his appearance until the third act of the movie, suggesting that he may be something of a secret weapon for the Avengers when all their usual methods of attack fail against Ultron.

Although all these details are rumor for now, they definitely do seem to fit with the glimpses of The Avengers: Age of Ultron that we’ve seen in set photos so far. It makes sense that Marvel would want to maintain Tony Stark as leader, and it will be gratifying to see the Avengers organising themselves now that they’re out from under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s thumb.


The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Source: JoBlo

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  1. I think it is super cool that this website only shows The Vision crying.

    Will we get to see that? I feel like Vision’s super power is the ability to cry.

  2. Now I want a remake of the Captain America and the Avengers game that I had on the Sega Genesis. It was awesome and you could play as Vision. We need more arcade co-op games like that.

    That’s cool that Jarvis will become Vision, but I’d want a sexier version of the voice as Jarvis sounds more like a Butler.

  3. You didnt say there was gonna be Cap 2 spoilers. Thanks… Warning please next time

    • It’s been out since April. You’re officially spoiling it for people that have already seen it, and would like to openly discuss it.

    • Yeah, they probably didn’t expect to need to put a warning for a movie that is over a month old.

    • Wasn’t a MAJOR spoiler. So I think you’ll be fine.

    • You’re kidding right? It’s been out for over a month! Should we avoid any articles about “Thor: The Dark World” while we’re at it?

  4. Wait, so Stark is creating Vision and Ultron? WTF…in the comics, Pym (AKA, Ant-Man) creates Ultron and Ultron creates the Vision. Somehow in the films, Stark has become an android factory?

    • It does fit within who the film version of Stark is and honestly if you saw IM 3 then you had to know it was coming. Be glad that Ant-Man is getting made, that was a tough sell to execs I am sure.

      • Besides, we already know that Whedon intends for a more personal, cerebral, character- driven film. Tony creating Ultron would shake up the foundations of the team because he’s a core member, as compared to this new character scientist nobody’s heard about before.

    • Yeah this has been said already about six or so months ago. They’re doing that because Hank Pym hasn’t had his own movie yet or has been established. Tony already being an established character w/ the tech side of marvel, they decided to go that route.

      • I would’ve just been happy with Antman appearing in an Avengers movie to create Ultron. He doesn’t need his own movie.

  5. It is interesting that Whedon is bringing the team together for the hero shot early on, and probably more effective in terms of story. Having it at the beginning will keep audiences from thinking the story is being re-hashed and set up the team as cohesive and strong, which will (could?) be impactful as they disassemble and crumble throughout the movie.

    Another point which is interesting is the question of how to explain Stark’s army of autonomous suits, if that is accurate. (Spolers for Iron Man 3) Because he blew up seemingly all of them at the end of Iron Man 3. Personally, I hope Whedon has found a way to portray that intelligently. He probably has.

    And this talk of Vision in the third act is worrying. Is it possible he will be Whedon’s cannon fodder for the “killing of an Avenger”? Because if so, it would probably be a copout, because there would be hardly any development time for him, making a situation similar to Green Goblin from ASM2, or a Venom from SM3.

    All in all these plot details are exciting and promising. Ultron has the potential (especially with Spader) to be the most menacing character in comic book movies so far.

  6. Just don’t make the Hulk the Avengers’ pet gorilla like last time.

  7. Makes sense that they moved to Avengers Tower. Hope they give us the QUINJET.

    now that S.H.I.E.L.D is disbanded & HYDRA members still on the loose, Tony Stark will take it on his own to ‘privatize’ peace-keeping effort. I think his new “GOD COMPLEX” will eventually create ULTRON.

    I think Tony will create an army of Droids (Ultrons) for peace-keeping function. But one of them develops its own A.I (Ultron 5), rebels against Tony’s prime directive & tries to eradicate all human live. Thus prompting Tony to call in the Avengers & creating VISION.

    Still 12 months to go. (AArgghh!!, nerd withdrawal symptoms)

  8. What happened to Pepper Potts? Isn’t she super powerful now? Shouldn’t she be somewhere in this mess?

    • Mess?! As if buddy! And besides, Pepper only MOMENTARILY had those powers in Iron man 3. She was cured after the final battle. She could never be an avenger though.

      • Ok, so your a tad wrong. Virginia PEPPER Potts does become a “New Avenger” dubbed as Rescue. After an accident very similar to Tony’s made her close to death, and as a result of the Civil War story arc Tony had to go underground with Maria Hill. While Pepper tried to take back control of Stark Industries which was recently absorbed by Norman Osbourne. Pepper finds a secret office Tony had built, and found a suit for Pepper that would help with her medical condition. She’s not as “tactically equipped” as Stark with her suit, but she has Magnetism manipulation and a few other tricks. I think Pepper as Rescue would be a great add on to this MCU Avengers world.

    • at the end of IM3, she had an operation which removes all EXTREMIS virus in her body. she’s normal now. same as Tony, who no longer needs the arc reactor in his chest.

  9. I just want to see Ronan come down with the Dark Aster and the Universal Weapon and eff stuff up

  10. This sounds, OK. How are they going to explain the heroes getting together? And when did Black widow get superpowers? As well as that, how are they all going to have avengers suits if they have their own super suits? And how would that work for hulk? Hulk better NOT be wearing those ugly purple pants he wears in the comics. I hate those! I’d like it better if he stuck with the ripped jeans.

    • I don’t think it said anything about Black Widow getting super powers (although her acrobatic abilities do verge on the supernatural, but I’m not complaining).

      • I’m not complaining either, just sharing my opinion. And I read the Black widow part wrong, I blame my late night tiredness. It said her BATONS had power. I thought they had said SHE had powers.

    • Widow has always had superhuman ablities in the comics. The film version is just a bad@$$. Probably due to the events in the Winter Soldier they got the band back together. If you look at Captain America in the AoU Korea footage and photos the new suit has the Avengers “A” logo versus nothing or S.H.I.E.L.D.’s eagle emblem. I won’t mind Hulk’s pants purple or blue as long as they are simple and functional.

      • Yeah, well I do care about the hulks pants. And the film is DEFINITELY not what YOU say it is!

  11. I wonder if the A2-Stark-drones will be like the Hammer-oids from IM2. They already have the models, and they work well enough.

    And will Pepper be getting the Rescue armor…

  12. Soo, woman form will be Ultron’s final form, like in the comics? SR, you just spoiled it

    • Were you not warned that this post contains potential spoilers or nah?…

  13. I’ve been wondering if they will somehow tie Tony throwing his arc reactor into the ocean in IM3 into a future movie. If Ultron spends this movie trying to upgrade himself it would be cool to see him find that piece of tech and increase his power exponentially. I just don’t like seeing loose ends not tied up.

  14. Can’t wait! I’m sure there will be a trailer before years end.

  15. Captain America should lead this team and not Tony

    • Come on are you really putting a man who has dissapear like 100 years on the lead of the world´s salvation crew WTF

    • Cap is the tactical leader of the team on the field as shown in Avengers, Stark is the manager of the whole group since he owns most everything anyway

  16. i want Stark running things…going off on people…Cap is mad boring, i don’t want the all american good ol’boy taking the lead…maybe Fury can coach him

    Cap is just too clean cut for my taste…kinda like Supes

    • Yes because honest genuine good people are obviously not fit to lead super hero’s because their boring…anyone who thinks Cap is boring has a serious problem in their head.

      Kindness is NOT boring. It;s something human kind need MUCH more of SOON.

      I find a world thats so very complicating, with people always pretending to be something they are not, with everyone being so defensive, rude, mean, selfish, a sad place. People like Captain America/Steve rogers show us another way.

      A simple, kind person who really just wants to protect people, nothing more, is facinating and refreshing and a nice contrast with the current state of the human race.

      Being clean cut in a world where many people are not is not boring. It’s awesome brave and very very interesting…that is if you care at all about human nature and whats easy for humans and what is hard.

      Tony;s behavior: Easy
      Steve’s: Hard

      It’s much easyer to lash out at people, making jokes of everything, then facing the world honestly with a desire that is nothing more then to protect others.

      Looking out for others, instead of yourself.

      Yes, Steve is much more interesting then Tony will ever be. Well for those who don’t think arrogance and joking around is ”Cool” anyway.

    • lol that article takes political correct crap to the nth degree. Sizeism??? lol. what next uglyism? Here is a spoiler for you….. most actors are in shape and are not ugly. Short people moan, fat people moan, ugly people moan. Its hilarious.

  17. Just 3 versions?! booooooo. Big BOOOOOOOO!

    let me guess MK1: classic grin, MK2: what leaked as set photos with the “cheek holes”, MK3: liquid metal like T-1000 from Termintor 2 and Avengers Iniative comic… Worst yet master computer like HAL then “cheek holes” finally James Spader-1000.
    *********************************IDEALLY it would be***********************************
    -HAL super computer (doesn’t count)
    -A learning drone resembling his Pym helper appearance (doesn’t count)
    -Classic Ultron grin (1)
    -Cheek-holes (2)
    -Liquid metal Spadernator (3)

  18. Stark doesn’t play well with others and Cap is a natural born leader Cap can lead a team better than Stark can (if at all) when Thor takes Loki Cap tells Stark “We need a plan of attack” Stark replies “I have a plan attack” then flies off doesn’t sound like leadership material to me.

    • In that part they were not an officially crew so stop critisizing Tony at least he knows how to answer a phone

  19. sorry i know i part of the storyline but i dont get it you have so much more superhero fantasy storyline and again we go for the andriod and robot one that made iron man movies so boring in my opnion. you have so many bad guys even in the dc movies like superman who fights big powerfull monsters like doomsday and what happends they make a superman movie were he fights his own people again so boring. every batman movie even Nolan´s ones are not that good since nobody of the casting looks even a bit like the person they need to be. i will admit that marvel does it right with casting all but for black widow wich should be a russian agnt with a russian background with lenght and long legs everything Scarlet Johansen is not. and the spiderman movies also they change to much about the bad guy wanting it to look to realistic. same as this movie you spend so many millions on a movie while it still has the same kind of action scenes as iron man 1,2,3. just bugs me that my comic book hero´s and stories are exploited to the lowest lvl. they make a movie which is average and overhype it so it seems like the best in the world. stan lee should be ashamed of what rights he gives these people to make their movie.

    (sorry for typo´s my auto correct is on dutch/french)

  20. Seems like MOST of this information has panned out huh… 😉