Marvel Studios will be debuting previously-unreleased footage from a little movie known as The Avengers: Age of Ultron during the Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, in order to keep the hype train for writer/director Joss Whedon's superhero sequel moving along at a break-neck speed. To help tide fans over in the meantime, though, we can offer a handful of fresh screenshots from the film... or, rather, familiar images that are now available in non-scanned form.
Age of Ultron pits Earth's Mightiest Heroes against Ultron (played by James Spader), an artificially-intelligent being whom Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) intends to use to beef up global security on Earth. Well, that is, before the robot decides to wipe out humanity (and the Avengers with them), instead.
New super-powered additions whose allegiances might (or might not in some cases) shift throughout Age of Ultron's three-act narrative include the brother and sister pair Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), as well as the android Vision (Paul Bettany) - all of whom may end up being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe throughout its 'third phase'.
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A fringe benefit that comes with every new Avengers movie is that a number of the main characters end up getting tweaked, modified, and otherwise generally improved costumes - and so much is also the case with Age of Ultron. Above, we see Steven Rogers' (Chris Evans) somewhat more stylized Captain America duds, as well as Clint Barton's (Jeremy Renner) significantly more stylish Hawkeye jacket. And although it's not featured here, Tony Stark will be wearing his shiny and improved Mark XLIII Iron Man armor in the movie too.
Beyond that, these screenshot provide reminders about Black Widow's (Scarlett Johansson) expanded role in the Avengers sequel, as well as Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his Hulk-control issues in the movie - something that's already figured heavily into the Age of Ultron trailers. Whedon's sequel also continues to look more and more sophisticated and polished (compared to his work as the director on the first Avengers movie), with every new piece of marketing that's unveiled.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1st, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5th, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28th, 2017, Black Panther on November 3rd, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4th, 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6th, 2018, Inhumans on November 2nd, 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3rd, 2019.