Marvel's dropping all kinds of hints about their productions this week and today, they gave exclusive cover(age) to Entertainment Weekly.
In a media blitz leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel's been releasing new information.
Which makes me wonder what'll be left to reveal over next weekend. But it's Marvel with a billion movies. Lots will be available, I'm sure.
And today, the studio arm of the company's handed over the first glimpse of The Avengers: Age of Ultron to Entertainment Weekly.
On the cover of the Comic-Con Preview double feature this week, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans) stand in front of the good-idea-turned -villain Ultron (James Spader). Behind the trio are a bunch of Ultron clones looking menacing among the smoke and debris of a major fight.
Anthony Breznica offers some new insight in the creation of the plot in the magazine's "This week's cover: Meet the new boss in Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'".
Downey Jr offers a superhero perspective on the constant battles to protect humanity. “The downside of self-sacrifice is that if you make it back, you’ve been out there on the spit and you’ve been turned a couple times and you feel a little burned and traumatized.”
Which Tony Stark knows all about if anyone's seen Iron Man 3. Pretty much the entire plot there, really. And Pepper Potts being a glowing boss with weaponry. (Actually, that should always take first place since Pepper managed to flip the script on the damsel in distress trope. But I digress.)
Banking on all the tweaks he's made to A.I. programs in past couple decades, Stark creates Ultron, which Breznica describes as a "self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead."
And if the drones are anything at all similar to the suits, there'll be a good fireworks display during battle scenes.
Ultron sounds like Jarvis meets the adorable Dum-E robot Tony secretly adores above all other things not named Pepper or Jarvis.
But now the superhero replacement's evil. According to Joss Whedon, "Ultron sees the big picture." This Big Bad wants to "wants to save" human beings by eradicating them. Methinks this won't turn out well.
So why do the Avengers need help?
I won't report spoilers about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but let's just say alliances are easily broken when unspeakable truths are revealed. IGN's Chris Tilly got the scoop from Kevin Feige on what to expect in the latest wrinkle of MU peace. (Who needs that promised vacation, right?)
At the end of the last Avengers film, the audience saw the rebuilding of just opened Stark Towers once Loki pretty much smashed it to bits along the top half. That hulk-smash hole in the living room wasn't going to be easy to fix.
Feige tells everything that's happened between The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron in "Marvel's Kevin Feige Discusses Avengers Tower and Hulkbuster Armour in Age of Ultron."
Since Stark's pretty much bought the Avengers entire stock, now Stark Towers' named Avengers Tower with a nice, snazzy area for socializing and holding parties. Part and parcel of being an international business magnate, you know.
And being a Tony production, Feige says the place has "a hanger for a brand-new Quinjet, laboratories, places where he can build and store his Iron Man suits" and then droops "there are I believe two bars." Can't invite an enemy over and be out of expensive booze, right?
And one of the big money shots seen at the end of a Guardians of the Galaxy 17-minute screener was the Hulkbuster armor. At the London stop, media press saw the live-action, albeit unfinished, version of the Hulk versus Iron Man fight that made pre-production rounds as a sketch.
Feige saw the idea in Whedon's Avengers outline and made sure the moment hit the big screen. Telling the director at the time, "Joss, even if we don’t do anything else. Just do these seven things, that’s enough for the movie. Now let’s get to work and put it all together."
In the rendering, the Iron suit looks to be as big as Obadiah Stane's in 2008's Iron Man, but little else is known about the scenes the general audience. Unless you visit Den of Geek. And so far, each seven major scenes have been produced in some way, even with adaptations for the entire Avengers universe.
Is it May 1, 2015 yet?