Between Terminator: Genisys and Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2015 is going to be a big year for robot armies bent on exterminating the human race. In the latter film, the combined brilliance of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner leads to the creation of a highly advanced artificial intelligence called Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Tony and Bruce don’t have the best reputation for keeping their scientific experiments under control, however, and it isn’t long before Ultron gets out of control and becomes the Avengers’ new nemesis.
So far the trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron have been heavily selling the “evil robot” side of Ultron, with snappy quotes from the character talking about extinction and how the Avengers can’t possibly hope to defeat him. Early reactions to the movie, however, have claimed that Ultron is actually much more quick-witted than these trailers give away, with a talent for snark that rivals his creator’s.
This aspect of Ultron is particularly evident in a new extended clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which the Avengers confront Ultron and his new-found lackies Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Despite Ultron describing Tony as a “sickness,” the two of them quickly get into a comfortable rhythm when exchanging verbal blows – though it isn’t long before things get physical.
There are a few interesting details in this clip worth picking out. This is one of the very few times so far that we’ve heard Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver speak, and Quicksilver’s jab at Tony about “old times” suggests that the twins might have a personal grudge against Iron Man. The superpowered siblings are orphans whose parents were killed when their building was shelled – and prior to saving the world, Tony was in the business of making weapons. There may be a connection there.
The familiarity between Ultron and Tony seems to imply that, at one point, the two of them happily co-existed. This would certainly bolster the fan theory that Ultron is actually an advanced version of Dum-E, the clumsy robot that Tony has been so casually cruel to in the past. Perhaps the entire reason for Ultron going rogue is resentment over being made to wear a dunce cap in Iron Man 3.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.