The Avengers: Age of Ultron is mere months away from hitting theaters, and so far, Marvel Studios has played it close to the vest in terms of revealing what new characters and MCU connections will see explored in Joss Whedon’s sequel to his game-changing superhero team-up film.
We know Iron Man will suit up in Hulkbuster armor to… bust up The Hulk; we have a freaky new robotic villain in James Spader’s Ultron; and we’ll have new super powered heroes/villains in the forms of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and the synthetic android known as The Vision.
The Avengers 2 trailers released so far have been lite on showing off the new characters – and in the case of The Vision, not showing off anything at all. What we have seen of the iconic android hero so far has been through promo art and posters – which is exactly where we catch a glimpse of him again, today.
Check out this new crop of Vision promo artwork, courtesy of Facebook User Tony Stark Sincero (who claims it’s all official); CLICK the pics for larger versions:
The look of the character is pretty consistent with what we’ve previously seen; not to mention, the tone and aesthetic of the artwork is also in keeping with the general marketing campaign we’ve seen so far.
That’s to say: this could be authentic – or at the very least, authentic portions of art photoshopped into fan art. Either way, it’s cool to get a further look at Vision (both standing still and in action), who will be played not-so-coincidentally by actor Paul Bettany, aka the voice of Iron Man’s J.A.R.V.I.S. system.
The Evolving Ultron
In Marvel Comics lore, The Vision is created by Ultron as a proof that the robotic entity can create life (and thereby play God), just like his human creators did when creating Ultron. The film will go with a different origin for Vision, but the same parentage themes from the old comics will work in the movie’s updated story – including Ultron’s obsession to evolve past what his human creators initially made him.
From the first Avengers 2 trailers we know that Ultron will start out as a version of Iron Man armor; then he will build his own body; and he will further reinforce and augment that body with an element known as Vibranium, which can only be found in Wakanda, home of Marvel’s Black Panther.
Take a look at the most advanced (and articulated) version of James Spader’s Ultron – apparently dubbed “Ultron Prime” in this Hot Toys line – CLCK the pics for larger versions:
Most Marvel fans have been happy with the look of the two mechanical characters (of course there are always contrarians). That’s mostly because the film versions still retain many elements of the traditional designs of the comic books, while still bending nicely to better fit the tone and feel of the larger MCU.
In short: Marvel Studios and their design teams look to have once again done right in bringing their characters to the big screen. The only thing left to see (and we are hoping it’s epic) is how Vision and Ultron ultimately battle it out onscreen.
Following the news that Spider-Man has officially joined the MCU, here’s the release date breakdown as it NOW stands:
- May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
- May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
- November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
- May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- July 27, 2017 – Spider-Man
- November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
- May 4, 2018 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
- July 6, 2018 – Black Panther
- November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel
- May 3, 2019 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
- July 12, 2019 – Inhumans