Most of our Avengers: Age of Ultron speculation thus far has been based on set photos, story leaks, and the comics themselves. But now Walt Disney Studios has released the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s follow-up to The Avengers. While it still keeps things pretty vague, we get a sense for the direction of the plot, and even more insight into why Tony Stark is going to be a sad panda by the end of this movie.
Some minor spoilers, so tread carefully:
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
This doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know thanks to set photos and story leaks. (As excited as we are to see Paul Bettany as Vision!) But the detail that really jumped out at us was Tony Stark’s “dormant peacekeeping program.” This sounds like a direct link to the Iron Man PTSD brigade of suits from Iron Man 3. We can surmise that Ultron emerges from this blunder, but the question remains: Why is Tony still building Iron Men? Why does he think a fleet of them is required for “peacekeeping”? Against what? Is his PTSD back in full swing by the start of Age of Ultron?
Or maybe Tony is just all “Guys, I’m tired of getting beaten up all the time. You can only reconstruct this pretty face so many times.” Yeah, that sounds right.
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