The Avengers 2: Ultron and The Vision Introductions Explained

Published 9 months ago by , Updated October 22nd, 2014 at 7:31 pm,

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[Update: The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is here. Check out Ultron’s intro in live-action!]

The veil has been lifted on Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers and story details are beginning to roll in. After announcing the title of the film last year at Comic-Con International, Earth’s Mightiest (read: Disney’s mightiest at the box office) return to the annual pop culture and comic book event in San Diego next week for a hotly anticipated panel presentation where we expect major revelations regarding the next few years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The cast of the sequel will return to the stage at the infamous 6000-person Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center after they appeared for the first time four years ago in one of the biggest moments in the Con’s history. This time however, the cast is quite a bit bigger and they’ve got some first-look exclusive footage to debut.

A new threat is emerging in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it might be Earth’s most dangerous yet. This antagonist is so worthy that “he” (as it refers to himself) even gets his name in the title of the film: The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Entertainment Weekly published their Comic-Con preview double-issue this week and Marvel Studios got the cover story with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The cover art revealed the first official image of Ultron alongside the co-leaders of The Avengers – Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). The new origin story of Ultron was also confirmed, one that differs slightly but remains largely faithful to Marvel Comics.

Ultron’s Origin

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Ultron is an artificially intelligent robot and in the comics, he’s created by scientist Hank Pym (the first Ant-Man who will be played by Michael Douglas in next year’s Ant-Man movie). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe however, it’s Tony Stark who creates Ultron instead and the Phase 2 movies have been building towards this. In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark makes use of his AI assistant JARVIS (voiced by Paul Bettany) to help command automated Iron Man suites. Stark can control his own remotely, without directly putting himself into danger and JARVIS can control a small army of reinforcements. Although we didn’t know it at the time, this was leading into what he’s doing in The Avengers sequel.

Combine that evolution of Stark’s arsenal with the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and you can piece together what Stark would logically do next. He’s bankrolling The Avengers and his Stark Tower – retrofitted after the events of The Avengers – is their HQ. Stark’s big project now, to help police the world and assist the team, is Ultron – a program that can automatically identify and neutralize threats using automated Iron Man suits. Think of them as next-level Drones that use Stark Industries tech. This is the Iron Legion, a term nabbed from the Iron Man comics.

In an effort to make Ultron’s artificial intelligence more human, Stark does the best he can at building his personality into Ultron but that ends up being a recipe for disaster. Before Stark’s kidnapping in the first Iron Man, he didn’t have the most admirable personality and mindset, and so Ultron takes things to the extreme, believing that the most dangerous thing on the planet are humans and The Avengers.

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The Avengers Tower Party

Ultron’s dark turn becomes apparent during a party at The Avengers Tower early  in the film where Stark and co. are celebrating the launch of Ultron, a sequence that was previously rumored and recently proven true. It’s here where we’ll meet plenty of familiar faces (cameos!) dressed in casual clothing and towards the end, when the guests leave and only the familiar faces remain, Ultron makes his intentions known and a brawl breaks out.

“I know you’re ‘good’ people. I know you mean well… but you just didn’t think it through… There is only one path to peace… your extermination.”

The Avengers are able to hold their own despite not being suited up or armed but this moment radically changes the landscape of the what the heroes know about themselves and their newest threat… and that is only the first variant of a hyper-intelligent Ultron who has decided to pursue his own lethal course of action…

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  1. Oh, man, so many memories from Avengers around ’67 or ’68 I can’t quite recall now. The Ultron/Vision/Yellow Jacket issues were my favorites.

    • My first Avengers comic was 128. The story from 129-135 including the Giant Sized #3 with The Ghost wreaking Havok with The Vision captivated me, I was Marvel(ed – pun intented) by this Synthezoid The Vision, which beckoned me on to read of his creation in 57 & induction into the Avengers 58. Amazing writing by Roy Thomas. I was hooked. One of my favorite stories was during the Kree/Skrull War, Avengers 93 (A Journey to the Center of the Android!). A classic, enduring story. I highly recommend viewers to have an opportunity to read these stories. Comic history does make the movie much more enjoyable.

  2. I’m so excited I’m going to wet myself!

    • I already did

      • I’m so excited I think I might wet the both of you!

  3. Hey guys where can I buy the marvel comics like at what bookstore?

    • Stan you are fortunate to live in a time where purchasing comics is but a wave of your fingertips – i.e., internet. Just Google ‘where to buy comic books’ and a plethora of options will be available. Of course for newer comics you get get them directly from Marvel, DC, or places like TFAW comics. For past issues, comic venues like Midtown Comics or Mile High Comics are some options. Waaaay back when, how I anticipated receiving my comics in the mail! I trust you too shall enjoy your comic reading experience as much as I did, tis is a great Terran past time! :-)

    • If you’re just interested in reading the stories, and not necessarily owning the books, you can just download a bunch of them on CBR format.

    • I trust you want to buy the books without ordering online or reading on a computer/tablet? If so you will likely have to go to a major city to find a comic book store. But bigger cities generally have comic book stores. Just google your nearest big city + comic book store. If you’re close to SF, LA, Toronto, NYC, Chicago, Houston etc you can likely find a place that isn’t too out of the way.

  4. This will be worth the wait. Curious how GOTG will fit in to all of this. Especially since Ultron is more grounded.

    • That’s because they won’t be there until Avengers 3

    • Ultron isn’t *that* ‘grounded’ in the comics; he gets blasted into space and eventualy by the Avengers and faces off against members of GotG in the Annihilation: Conquest

      • **Ultron isn’t *that* ‘grounded’ in the comics; he gets blasted into space by the Avengers and faces off against members of GotG in the Annihilation: Conquest

  5. If the weight of Thanos and The Infinity Stones/Gems/Gauntlet story line in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe holds true to the comic story line (at least in depth and complexity), then what we have unfolding before us has the potential to encapsulate Avengers 2, 3 & 4 with crossovers from just about any of the Marvel superhero movies. I can’t see doing justice to Thanos and his macabre universal plans in Avengers 3 alone, I wonder what Marvel has up their sleeve?

    • I agree. It seems that they are building him through all of these movies leading up to it thought which is good. Should be interesting to see what happens.

      • Perhaps a two parter for Avengers 3? It has worked well for Harry Potter (to a lesser extent Twilight) and is about to make mad buck with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2.

        Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 released April and November of the same year. By bringing in every established Marvel film character they won’t have to put ALL of the focus on the core stars. By that point they will have Iron Man, Iron Patriot, Captain America, Falcon, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Not to mention Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist. With Drax, Groot, Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket and the Nova Corps. AND SHIELD 2.0 led by Coulson. Likely Capt Marvel, Black Panther and the Inhumans? It has the potential to make the Justice League movie look like one of the s***** X-Men cartoons.

  6. Am I the only one who’s peeved about Pym not creating Ultron? I mean Hank Pym is one of the most important scientific minds in the Marvel Universe and most important figures overall; he created Pym particles, was a founding member of the Avengers, and has been involved in most of the big events, but no, Marvel wants to continue dick riding Iron Man. I find it quite hypocritical how you guys b**** and moan and complain whenever Fox, Sony, or Warner Brothers make changes to the source material but whenever Marvel Studios does, it’s all “ALL HAIL WHEDON. WHEDON IS A GOD.”

    • I appreciate your candor and can understand your angst, yet I do believe that you are scarcely the only one who is troubled (all encapsulating including peeved) over the change in Ultron (or any other character) story line. As I have commented in another thread, Ant Man and The Wasp most likely would have caused budget/editing/CGI and a plethora of other issues trying to get them into Avengers 1, ergo, put Hawkeye and Black Widow in instead. This most likely mandated the need to have Iron Man create Ultron. I understand that Super Hero movies have an intrinsic/unique set of problems when creating a story as vast as The Avengers. Though I am not thrilled, it is an inherent evil that one must pay to get their comic heroes to motion picture, I suppose. As seen in Age of Ultron comics, Hank surely was instrumental in many major conflicts so omitting him from the original cast took me by surprise. I am just hoping the best for the Ant Man movie, but I do not like the story, I should prefer Hank Pym so he can eventually be Giant Man, Yellow Jacket, etc. But hey, ya can’t always get what you want, so I try sometimes to get something that I need (all due respects to Rolling Stones): mainly some semblance (80% or so ? lol) of reality of my comic book heroes to motion picture reality. Guess I will have to live with that. At least Marvel is known for its quality – at least so far they are batting with a .775 (some number that would be overwhelming in baseball) or better average. Hey, here’s hoping they will knock it out of the park!

      • I Agree with Evan. Im sure Ultron will still be badass, it just seems more like a plot for Iron man 4. If it was Hank I would be super excited. Im already beyond stoked for this it would just be a really awesome way to bring in Antman.

      • “I am just hoping the best for the Ant Man movie, but I do not like the story, I should prefer Hank Pym.”

        You know, it’s funny that this is what comes up most of the time when I read comments about the future Ant-Man movie (apart from the uneducated who make comments without knowing about the character at all…) I have often wondered if this might not have something to do with the ‘creative differences’ that got Wright and Marvel to part ways… Fans want something, but Wright wanted to do something else… but I digress ;)

        I completely agree with you, by the way :)

    • No, you’re not the only one. I too was peeved when I first found out, but I do understand that, from a purely logical point of view, it makes sense for Stark to built Ultron in the MCU. Even if, from the description it sounds like Iron Man 4: Age of Ultron more than anything else. It would have been as logical, though, to have Hydra creating Ultron. There were other options, but they decided to go with Stark (oh, surprise, surprise!…)

      On the plus side, in the MCU it now will be Stark who will have to deal with the consequences of what he unintentionally created. On the down side, I’m pretty sure he’ll never get all the crap that Pym had in the comics for having created a crude AI that evolved into a murderous villain. Because, poor Tony, you know… he’s got PTSD… he meant well… he didn’t want this… blahblahblah… That would be rather hypocritical, IMO.

    • Pym can do one. we’ve already got Banner and Stark, we don’t need ANOTHER white male supergenius, thanks.

      and yeah, Stark is overexposed at this point but RDJ is the superstar, so what do you expect? they’re always gonna centre him, at least this way it works unlike what Fox do with Wolverine.

      plus let’s be honest Pym is a physicist, it makes INFINITELY more sense for a tech guy like Stark to create Ultron.

  7. No antman no sell.

  8. This sounds AWESOME!!

  9. Ak-weird.
    The ‘Twins’ casting isn’t exciting to me at all. The ages seem way too young in relationship to the rest of the adult cast as well as the outfitting of each. Quicksilver overall BARELY reminds you of the original; and ‘Hey!’ Here’s an idea… why not (since we messed it up already in casting) put the Witch in DocMartins and dress her like a Waif!!?!!? Awesome! So naturally only a ‘computer’ would find her attractive (yeah, like The Vision!) Jeez, I’ve been so excited about all the Marvel characters until now. I’m sure The Vision will be great, but the ‘Twins’? Could we please have someone more ‘adult’ sometime and also some that have at least some acting talent?

    Ok youse guys… Is it just ‘me’? Or?

    • Nope, seems to be just you at the moment. I don’t think the twins are too young, I find Olsen attractive in that get-up and so far, all we have are images of Quicksilver in a similar outfit to his most recent blue jumpsuits so I can’t see any negatives here.

    • Interesting perspective and yet, you do bring up some good points. My first introduction to The Scarlet Witch back in Avengers 128 (where does time go?), she was quite mature, practical, pragmatic, reserved – the full embodiment of a woman. In the scene at the end of Capt America/Winter Soldier, we see The Scarlet Witch playing with blocks (c’mon, blocks? at least they didn’t have the A,B, C’s on them, lol) which depicts her as childish. Probably not the most ominous introduction. Yeah, she collided them together, but they could have had her have some really nasty animals and have her – er, never-mind, you get the picture. We should have been left with an image of someone who is rather cruel, twisted – kinda like how Ultron will be. The only thing playing to her innocence will be the fact that she will be prone to fall for someone as cavalier as The Vision. But that is a tale for another day…………

  10. @cgarduc
    You sound kinda whiny! IMO, the twins really needed to be younger boys most of the cast is in their mid. 30′s to late 40′s with their contracts quickly coming to an end they needed ” Younger” actors to start filling the shoes of the older cast ! It does not take a genius to figure that out…. and in sure you wanted the SW costume from the comics right?
    That would have been a completely stupid look for a movie, this is much more modern (f you go outside and are not 70yrs old) look for a strange emo witch! And quite possibly these are not the final costumes for SW and QS, the whole Avengers team has new outfits, who stays that when they are FINALLY Avengers at the end of the movie!!

    • No, I understand your point, as well as the ages and contract lengths too. I am looking for a ‘mature’ age for those two characters. Not the costume so much, but the maturity of the character.

      RE the SW… With Hex and Probability powers I could buy-in to someone who had experienced more ‘life’ and also knew the outcomes of what would happen when ‘magic’ was used. That is why I don’t think a ‘teen’ or ‘young adult’ fits the character. The ‘look’ of the character gives you the first introduction of what you are dealing with and I think the ‘poor me/waif/the world is soooo heavy on me/other problems only subtracts from the whole cast.

      Re Q: I would have to be somewhat in the same ballpark. At that age, what has he seen that he is so protective. With that I’m sure comes a measure of maturity. I don’t see that in the initial look of the character.

      It seems that, to me, when these two were cast for the movie it was a grab for a younger demographic and the only thing that was brought over for the characters were their signature power(s), uniform/costume colors and the name. I think what ‘makes’ the characters are their maturity, action under fire, and a history of relationships.

      I think that just slapping two very young actors in those spots does a real injustice to the spirit of the characters.

      You’re thoughts?

      • Spoiler – Your arguments regarding the maturity of Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch are logical and convincing as well as your summation on why Marvel chose to incorporate them for the younger audience. It resonates back to when I first read of Avengers Assemble and that Marvel was targeting a much younger audience, needless to say, I was dismayed. We will have to painfully endure their maturity, since they do not have their own movie with a story to tell (like the big three). I envision them in my mind as if they were junior X-Men (actually they were) under the watchful eyes of Cyclops, Phoenix & Storm (dare say surrogate parents for Magneto?). Guess having that background one would tend to mature rather quickly?

        • Clarification on Pietro (QS) and Wanda (SW) – their origins can be traced back to the X-Men, as they fought them as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (now there’s an original name for a group). Therein again lies a level of maturity that we can only wonder about with the movie. Did they have/gain this experience and how did Baron Von Strucker get involved? Lots of loose threads going into Avengers 2, homework might be involved to avoid confusion.

  11. The first Avengers film was one of the best I’ve seen in years. Far and away the best of all the Marvel Comics films. Only the first Iron Man and CA: Winter Soldier could even come close. Bummed to hear, then, of the connection of the Avengers’ sequel to the egregious Iron Man 3 — one of the most disappointing films I’ve seen in years. IM3 was literally an affront to the first two films — simply terrible on all kinds of levels. Uggh.(I feel like passing out when I hear some folks saying Iron Man 3 was the best of the series. Not sure how to even respond to that — except, as I said, maybe passing out.) I sure hope the “train-wreckery” of the third Iron Man flick doesn’t bleed over into Avengers:Age of Ultron.

  12. Sorry kids silly Dazz-y bear should be sleeping and having a threesome with me a random hobo I paid $12.32 to blow me instead of trolling on the Inter-webbs or whatever you fanbabies call it. Sniff sniff* I’m such an awful mother. Oh and Dazzy, please bring the 15-inch vibrator when you cum downstairs. Luv ya doll

    • Hey!
      Thats uncalled for.
      I wish SR had a report feature for stupid posts like this.

  13. Great to hear Paul Bettany will get a role that can potentially continue on in the movies yet to come.

  14. I am very grateful for all the news on Avengers 2, but I expect this movie to be awesome and I am going to be very selective about how much information I soak in before I actually see the movie. This is one of the rare times when I almost feel like it’s a guarantee that the movie will get at least 4 out of 5 stars, so I just want to take it easy and make the experience as enjoyable as humanly possible…maybe I’m crazy… :p

  15. Being ardently excited while seeking to preserve the serendipitous aspects of the movie is quite understandable, the only drawback that most likely ensues is that there shall be a ton of Easter Eggs throughout this movie. Hints here and there from web sites like this shall elucidate our experience. Granted that most likely one viewing will not suffice, I think Marvel is counting on this, which of course, only escalates their revenue. But I can live with that. Tying all the pieces together with ad-hoc references here and there is part of the viewing fun, one that Marvel has integrated into their movies quite well.

  16. MEH… Hoping that I’m wrong but the A2 posters in Comic Con seems to project a Marvel version of Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice…Stark is Mickey…the broom is Ultron/Ultron army… and some fluff/side-stories thrown in a 3 hr movie…

    • Really? You’re thinking about Disney now? I could have expected a better guess, you know, like “armies of zombies surrounding the characters” poster cliché?

  17. @vizion007

    I just wanted you to know how much I am enjoying your posts and replies. They’re informative, thoughtful and mature. I too am from the 60′s and read the same AVENGERS stories you did. The Vision is indeed a complex character, child like, growing up and trying to determine his purpose in this new life he has. The closest thing we have ever seen to him is DATA from STTNG. Agree?

    And did you read the current SR reviews of the ANT-MAN opening scenes? You might change your mind about not looking forward to it.

    Thanks again for your respectful and well thought out posts and replies.

  18. Ultron kind of always ended on the same nightmare scenario always presented by AI, but not only are Marvel and Fox using the same character in both this and X-Men DoFP, but the same PLOT? Wouldn’t if have been simplier, yet far more mind-blowing, to tie the two movies together?

    Or was the money too important to the studios.

    • Studios don’t usually cross over movies and character actors but yes it would be cool.

      As Marvel continues to build its movie universe, here’s what I would like to eventually see based on the Avengers comic history:

      Hawkeye becomes Goliath.

      Ant-Man (Scott Lang), the Beast and Wonder Man join the Avengers.

      The epic space spanning Avengers adventure The Kree/Skrull War featuring Captain Marvel (Kree soldier Marvell).

      Classic villain Kang, the only other biggest threat the Avengers have ever faced next to Ultron.

      The death of Captain America where Bucky becomes the new Cap.

      I can always wish can’t I?

  19. I still have a feeling that Hank Pym is the driving force behind Stark and could be his godfather/mentor after his dad died. Maybe Cross Technological Enterprise in the upcoming Ant Man has a deeper link as we already know Scott Lang was an employee at one time and that Hawkeye’s bow and arrows were designed by Cross

  20. Ever notice that with a HUGE stretch of the imagination, James Spader actually looks like one illustrated version of Jarvis from the comics?

    WWAAHH! Still want Pym as creator of Ultron and as Goliath (with Wasp on the side), though!