Note: this post may contain major spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. You have been duly warned.
Christmas may have come and gone, but this new crop of Avengers: Age of Ultron promotional art is the gift that keeps on giving. Earlier today, a reddit user shared some new Avengers artwork that offers, among other things, insight into the backgrounds of both the Vision and Ultron in the form of character biographies. Be warned though — if you’re trying to go into this film unspoiled, you may not want to proceed any further.
The Ultron biography confirms a long-standing theory that Tony Stark, not Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) would be responsible for creating the James Spader-voiced murderbot, but also clues us in that the original computer program emerged from the wreckage of the Chitauri invasion of New York. Whether or not Tony will model the machine after his brainwave patterns remains to be seen, but this is bound to be a father-robot son relationship that is fraught with tension.
The Vision’s biography, however, reveals that the famous phasing Avenger won’t be Ultron’s attempt at trying to create life, but rather the product of Science Bros extraordinaire, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. There may still be attempts at Ultron trying to stoke a robot uprising, but part of me is bummed that Marvel seems to be severing a connection to one of my favorite Avengers stories of all time, “Even an Android Can Cry”.
As if this weren’t enough, the reddit user also revealed a pair of images showing the Vision phasing through a wall emblazoned with the Avengers logo and Black Widow rocking her new combat-ready power suit.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.
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