EW’s Age of Ultron Preview

Whoa!

Have you all seen the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly? Dang, son!

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That there’s our first look at Ultron, and his metallic Jack-o’-Lantern grin has not only survived the translation to film but looks fantastic! Tony’s latest armor is pretty sweet as well, similar to Iron Man 3‘s Heartbreaker design but with more of the classic red look. Those grim countenances from our boys aren’t exactly encouraging, though: Earth’s Mightiest are gonna have a fight on their hands once Ultron launches his campaign to exterminate humanity.

It’s now confirmed: Ultron is Tony’s invention in this iteration, the captain of a brand new Iron Legion meant to police the world. On paper, Ultron may be the Harvey Dent to Tony’s Batman, a means to step back from his superhero responsibilities and return to more of a normal life. The trouble, however, is that Ultron takes after his creator in all the wrong ways: “’It’s not the good version that could’ve come from [Stark’s] intellect and personality,’ says Chris Hemsworth… ‘It’s the bad son.’”

Ultron’s examined all the data and concluded (mostly correctly) that all the world’s problems stem from one source: humans. And so, unlike most robotic villains in film history, Ultron isn’t out to flip the totem pole upside down- he genuinely wants to do the right thing by wiping out the infection that rules the globe. Check his manifesto:“I know you’re ‘good’ people… I know you mean well… but you just didn’t think it through… There is only one path to peace… your extermination.” Stark’s plan reaps disaster because he entrusts the enforcement of justice to a machine whose literalist (and therefore pitiless) programming can only see grace as weak and immoral.There’s the sorcerer’s apprentice principle filtered through a high tech theology of glory for ya. Ultron’s half right: fallen humanity is a blight upon the creation. But killing us doesn’t fix the underlying problem at the heart of the universe- just ask Noah. Man’s heart has to be demolished and restored for genuine, abiding change to be made- just ask Tony Stark. We need something more reckless than genocide and more renovative than cosmetics and affirmative action. We need imputed righteousness and a creative Authority who can empathize with what it means to be human. Ultron will only be another in long line of Law wielders who kill to make the world a better place and leave it a bigger crater than the last enlightened autocrat.

Having considered all of that, then, if you just remove SHIELD from the equation I still hold to most of my predictions for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I don’t know how I could get more psyched! Oh yeah:

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Ten more months, everybody! Stay gold!

 

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