Mar 19 2014 8:45am

Marvel Studios Gives Us a First Look at Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art Scarlet With Elizabeth Olsen

In place of last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC aired Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, a hour-long informercial laying out for the casual viewer the next steps for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Along with the Ant-Man test footage leaked last year, the special gave us a quick look at Guardians of the Galaxy and some exciting concept art for 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, including our first look at Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and...well, you’ll see!

Spoilers ahead, of course.

First, the Guardians portion from the show.

Ooh, hey, did you see that? The Collector’s got his hands on the orb! (Here’s why that’s important.) Two down, four to go?


Here's our first look at Glenn Close as Nova Prime in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Glenn Close Nova Prime


Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art of, assumably, Tony Stark up to something new.

Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art Tony Stark Ultron

“Hey you guys I got this great idea called Ultron and it's gonna make everything so safe don't you think good because I made like 600 already.”


Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art of the Hulk and Black Widow amongst collapsing buildings.

Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art Hulk Black Widow

I wonder if Hulk (but not Banner) feels protective of Widow after trying to kill her in Avengers? That’d be an interesting dynamic. And a not exactly welcome sidekick for Natasha...


Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art of actress Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch.

Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art Scarlet With Elizabeth Olsen

I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t doubt her commitment to Sparkle Motion.

They don’t appear to be down-playing her already kind of undefinable magic “powers.” Rumor has it the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will go a ways towards addressing the origins of her and her brother’s abilities.


Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver.

Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art Quicksilver Aaron Taylor-Johnson

That’s quite a few Ultrons he’s plowing through.


Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art of...Hulkbuster armor!

Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art Hulkbuster armor

Looks like we’ll be seeing the Hulkbuster armor originally rumored for Iron Man 3 in Avengers: Age of Ultron instead. Is Tony inside of it or is he controlling it remotely? Or has Ultron fashioned it as a way of matching the Hulk’s unstoppable abilities?

You know...the planet Sakaar is going to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as soon as Guardians of the Galaxy hits screens. I’m getting worried about Bruce. I mean...more worried than usual.


This wasn’t part of the special, but it seems a good place to put it. ABC has released pics from the next Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode of J. August Richards in phase?...of his Deathlok costume.

Agents of SHIELD Deathlok costume Mike Peterson

I just wanna press all of those magic-markered parallelograms to see if they do anything.

The Mike Peterson World Tour of Infinite Sadness continues next week when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with “The End of the Beginning,” which is my favorite Winston Churchill speech. Or Black Sabbath song. One of those.

Chris Lough is the resident Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recapper. The concept art for him originally included less emotional baggage. Shed a tear for him on Twitter.

Christopher Bennett
1. ChristopherLBennett
Actually AoS is rerunning "T.R.A.C.K.S." next week; "End of the Beginning" is on April 1. I wonder if they're slowing the pace on episode releases in order to sync up with The Winter Soldier.
Chris Lough
2. TorChris
I wouldn't be surprised if they were also a little behind on production. But, yeah, it looks like we'll get non-stop SHIELD from Winter Soldier onwards until the mid-May finale. I'm very curious to see how it all fits together.
Eric Saveau
3. Eric Saveau
I really hope that Deathlok costume is something that is going to evolve over time, because right now it's incredibly underwhelming. Even cheap-looking. I know they can't go as over the top as Deathlok often is in the comics and I certainly wouldn't expect them to, but this is just completely bland and generic. It conveys absolutely nothing distinct about the character.
Chris Nelly
4. Aeryl
@3, Obviously the pants are going to be CGId over, without that, it doesn't look any different that the way Tony's armor looks in set pics. (which is like plastic toys)
Eric Saveau
5. KAsiki
It wasn't announced as being a part of the show, but I was surprised they had/added Ant Man stuff in the Marvel Building a Universe special.
Jason Parker
6. tarbis
I wish I had been a fly on the wall when Disney and Fox were working out the deals over Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Are the characters being changed enough that Disney isn't having to pay a studio who is only lisencsing the movie rights to those two or are we seeing somekind of strange incestous money flow? Does Fox legal get to sit in with Joss and point out when he's drifting toward the mutant versions of the characters? Is Disney granting Fox the rights to other characters in exchange for using these two?

So many questions with sealed answers.
Chris Nelly
7. Aeryl
@6, There are several characters that fall under both banners actually, like Carol Danvers who is a huge part of Rogue's origins but is primarily an Avenger, so my understanding is just that Disney/Marvel isn't allowed to call them mutants, or refer to Magneto in any way.

I'm of the opinion(since Whedon announced it first) that the ONLY reason Fox is using Pietro is just to screw with Marvel. Singer had a hole for a mutant with speed powers in his script, so they used Pietro, because they could. They aren't even using Wanda in DoFP unless it's that little girl in the pictures with Evan Peters, which is BS, IMO, because they are TWINS. I can understand having to seperate them from Magneto(which is a retcon anyways) but seperating them is stupid. From what I understand, Wanda is the ONLY person who like Pietro anyways.
Eric Saveau
8. tigeraid
omgomgomgomgomomgomg Hulkbuster Armor.
Erica Redshift
9. Erica_Redshift
@7, regarding Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's relationship, it all depends on what comic you read from which era of the Marvel universe. They were close, they were enemies, they were close again, then she seals the fate of all mutants with one simple sentence, uttered under her breath (albeit in only one of the multiverses). However, Wanda and Pietro are indeed twins, and are Magneto's children. Again, a very tumultuous relationship even there.

I used to get really frustrated by the incongruence of movies vs. comics they're based on (also movies vs. books), but I've learned that the movies will never make all fans happy, and Hollywood will always take "artistic" liberties that make us true fans want to stab our eyes out with a spork. Nowadays, I just try to let it all go and forget what the movies are based on in an attempt to enjoy them. This acceptance has been both liberating and devastating.

I do hope that all of the future Marvel projects are at least entertaining.
Eric Saveau
10. Ragnarredbeard
Neeeeeeergasm! Tissues, need more tissues.
Alan Brown
11. AlanBrown
It seems this infomercial has generated more excitement than the next episode of the Agents of SHIELD show would have...

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