‘Avengers 2: Age of Ultron’ Pictures: First Look at Ultron (+New Plot Details)

The Avengers 2 characters are seen in nice pictures from the set in an upcoming edition of Entertainment Weekly–including the first look at Ultron.

The pictures were published online ahead of the Friday release date for the magazine.

The highly anticipated sequel includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Downey and Evans are featured on the cover along with Marvel’s new villain, Ultron (James Spader). Ultron is created by Iron Man as a self-aware, self-teaching robot. Ultron becomes bad.

The fact that Tony Stark creates Ultron is different from the comics, where Hank Pym creates the robot.

The images also give the first good official looks at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who were first seen briefly in the post-credits of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

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The good guys are tired after the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. and everyone wants a break–which is how things go wrong, Entertainment Weekly reported. “There’s no abdicating heroism.

“What you said about abdication is apt, but I think it’s also about recognizing limitations,” Robert Downey Jr. told the magazine. “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.”

That’s what prompts the creation of Ultron.

“Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!'” director Joss Whedon explained.

“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker added, smiling thinly. “He wants to save us.”

Avengers 2 will be out on May 1, 2015.

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