When the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped, fans were immediately enamored by the film's villain. With an appropriately evil tone of voice - supplied by James Spader - and an eerie rendering of Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings" playing over his reveal, Ultron became a certified star over night.
In this latest featurette (above), Robert Downey Jr., Joss Whedon, and Kevin Feige tease the connection between creator and creation - Tony Stark and Ultron.
Ultron is an A.I. of Tony Stark's making, and once the program goes rogue and becomes a fully-fledged maniacal robot, Stark will have to grapple with being responsible for Earth's latest threat. Not only will he blame himself, but his teammates will question just what Stark's intentions were with Ultron in the first place.
An earlier featurette already explored the changing dynamics of the Avengers, which is in part caused by Ultron's arrival. In The Avengers they were learning how to work together as a team, but in Age of Ultron their loyalty to each other will be put the test. Loki tried to turn the Avengers' against one another in the first film, but it may be Ultron who actually succeeds.
Judging by the film's early reviews, Age of Ultron is a very different film from The Avengers. This second outing for Earth's Mightest Heroes will be darker, bleaker, and overall a more complex hurdle for the team to overcome.
In addition to Ultron, the Avengers will be facing off against the super-powered twins - Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Beyond being yet more obstacles standing in their way, Scarlet Witch in particular - with her ability to get inside people's heads - will likely use the growing tensions within the team against them. Couple that with her brother's speed and Ultron's knowledge of the Avengers' relationships, and this trio will indeed be formidable opponents.
Are you looking forward to seeing how Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch plan to take on the Avengers? How quickly do you expect them to pick away at the cracks already forming within the team? Sound off in the comments below!
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.