Kicking off the summer blockbuster season next year is one the most anticipated films of the year - The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And where last time it was Loki and his Chitauri army that united these heroes, next year it'll be an enemy of their own making.
As its name so obviously suggests, The Avengers will be facing off against Ultron - a robot of Tony Stark's creation that goes haywire and becomes hellbent on humanity's destruction. Beyond being one tough opponent, Ultron will cause rifts between The Avengers, and if they can't all work together they have no hope of defeating him.
Ultron was first revealed in the Age of Ultron trailer, and very quickly became our new nightmare thanks to his imposing design and absolutely terrifying voice work from James Spader. Yet, other than what we could infer from the trailer and our knowledge of the Ultron character in the comics, we're still in the dark about the MCU Ultron's true origin and motives.
However, now there's new promotional material (via SHH) that may give a clearer indication as to how this Ultron came to be. In addition, this new promo art also features another look at and additional details about Age of Ultron's newest Avenger, Vision.
MILD SPOILERS for Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead!
For the most part, Vision's biography doesn't have a whole lot of new information beyond stating he's a product of both Stark and Bruce Banner's genius (not a creation of Ultron as we had previously thought). And surprisingly, there's no allusion to whether or not Vision is in fact Stark's in-home A.I., JARVIS in android form, as many have speculated due to Paul Bettany's casting and the two's uncanny resemblance.
Ultron's biography, however, includes the enlightening tidbit that he began as a hidden program found within Chitauri technology after the Battle of New York. This program was latter experimented upon by Stark and transformed into the highly sophisticated A.I. known as Ultron. And knowing his true origin lies in alien tech could hint at a larger, master plan at work. Even Thanos, perhaps?
Marvel has also gone ahead and released a new official screenshot from the Age of Ultron scene shown in the film's extended teaser trailer. Check out all The Avengers standing in shock as Ultron makes his unnerving appearance, below.
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And if Ultron can frighten all these heroes, then you know he's going to be their toughest adversary yet.
What other information can you glean from Ultron and Vision's biographies? Do you think there's some significance to Ultron's Chitauri connection? Let us know what you think in comments below!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will open on May 1, 2015.