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New Pictures and Plot Info From 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Entertainment Weekly unveiled our first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron's versions of Iron Man and Captain America along with the debut of Ultron himself on Wednesday, but the magazine wasn't done. EW also released seven images (and one behind-the-scenes pic) from Age of Ultron along with a synopsis of Ultron's attack on Avengers Tower.

From EW's earlier reveal, we learned that Tony Stark is now the creator of Ultron, switching things up from the comics where Hank Pym created the villain. In the upcoming sequel, Tony creates Ultron and the Iron Legion (a squadron of autonomous Iron Men) to protect Earth while Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers get some well-deserved rest. Unfortunately, Ultron decides that the ultimate threat to humanity is, well, humanity.

The problem is that our new robot overlord is an absolutist, who inherits Stark’s cynicism, but not his sympathy. “It’s not the good version that could’ve come from [Stark's] intellect and personality,” says Chris Hemsworth, returning as the hammer-hurling Thor. “It’s the bad son.”

As part of the renovations transforming Stark Tower into Avengers HQ, Tony (obviously) made the new tower equipped for parties, adding multiple bars and a cocktail room. With SHIELD gone, Tony's the guy funding the Avengers now and throws a party to cement his team's relationship with the city.

That’s when all hell breaks loose. The Legionnaires have suddenly activated, and are inexplicably trying to kill the heroes. In the chaos, Ultron—in one of his first, metallic forms—announces his new plan to bring peace to the planet—by eradicating the most destructive thing that walks on it: humans.

In the midst of the assault scene, Downey finds himself suspended 50 feet above the set, riding piggyback on an actor in a motion-capture suit who will be digitally replaced with a hovering, hostile Legionnaire.

With no armor at his disposal, Stark grabs the only weapon handy—a fondue fork—and jams it into the robot soldier’s neck as they bang around the ceiling. “The deadliest fondue fork in all the land!” Whedon jokes. “From Odin’s melted cheese, I shall destroy thee!”

Even without their battle gear, the Avengers make short work of the traitorous, mechanical assailants. But Ultron is just getting started. He’s now thinking for himself … and they are not happy thoughts.

“I know you’re ‘good’ people,” he tells them. “I know you mean well… but you just didn’t think it through… There is only one path to peace… your extermination.” In the next shot, focused on the heroes’ reactions, the patronizing snarl of Ultron is delivered off camera by Whedon.

Beyond the look at Age of Ultron's plot, the pics from the movie show off a few cool parts of the movie. There's the usual look at the new costumes (they're darker and more subdued now), a shot of Bruce Banner and Tony hanging out and doing science stuff, and twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch together. One of my favorite pics from the bunch is Captain America, Hawkeye, Tony and Rhodey sitting around together. Seeing Don Cheadle with the Avengers bunch is a neat bit of evolution for the franchise.

I can't wait to see the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hopefully Marvel releases something during Comic-Con next week. Captain America: The Winter Soldier showed that the studio isn't afraid to tear down what's it's done before in order to create something other studios are too afraid to do. I have a feeling that Age of Ultron is going to continue that trend.

New Pictures and Plot Info From 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 7/16/2014 Rating: 5

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