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Film: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The living automaton strikes back.

"Worthy? How could you be worthy? You're all killers. You want to protect the world, but you don't want it to change. There's only one path to peace... your extinction."
Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the 2015 sequel to The Avengers and the eleventh feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Its cast includes:

The film revolves around the team from the first movie reuniting in order to battle the killer robot known as Ultron, with the help of new teammates Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision.

If you were looking for the comic of the same name, see Age Of Ultron.

Previews: Comic-Con teaser and an audio version of the SDCC trailer, plus a storyboard version, plus a report of the first 20 minutes of the movie.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out:
    • Director Joss Whedon confirmed that Hank Pym, Ultron's creator and one of the founding members of the Avengers in the comics, doesn't appear in the movie. Tony Stark creates Ultron instead.
    • Age of Ultron is unable to mention Magneto (the father of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) or the term "mutants," due to 20th Century Fox owning the X-Men franchise film rights.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Despite being created by Tony Stark to help the heroic Avengers, Ultron still goes down the Killer Robot route, deciding he's going to save humanity from itself by terminating the most dangerous ones.
  • Antagonist Subtitle: The eponymous Ultron serves as the film's main villain.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Ultron's arch-enemy is his own creator, Tony Stark.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Whedon confirmed that Hawkeye, who had the least screen time in the first Avengers film, has a much larger role in Age of Ultron.
    • Paul Bettany, who usually voices Tony Stark's A.I. butler JARVIS in the MCU, voices the Vision.
  • Badass Longcoat: Clint's sporting a new outfit which has a relatively short version of this.
  • Ballroom Blitz: The Avengers have a little party at Avengers Tower, drinking and playing games like trying to lift Thor's hammer, when Ultron and his drones attack.
  • Big Bad: Ultron serves as the film's main antagonist, after an initial battle between HYDRA and the Avengers.
  • Call Back:
  • Civvie Spandex: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch wear street clothes that resemble their comic book costumes instead of actual superhero duds.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Played for Laughs when a slightly tipsy Hawkeye ribs Thor about his "magic hammer". Tony himself believes this of Mjolnir, believing that it is coded to Thor's fingerprints, something Thor is amused by.
    Clint: "Whosoever, be he worthy, shall have the power", whatever man! It's a trick! It's a circus sideshow, and that is it. And you know it.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: According to early reports, Black Widow wears a new suit that enhances her attacks with bursts of electricity.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Create Your Own Villain: Ultron is created by Tony Stark as a substitute Avenger who can take over "saving the world" duties and give the other Avengers a break.
  • Darker and Edgier: The film is darker, deeper, and more emotional than the first Avengers movie. For instance, Tony Stark creates the main villain, Ultron, in an attempt to make a successor to Iron Man.
  • Demoted to Extra: Samuel L. Jackson mentioned that his part as Nick Fury will be much smaller than his role in the first Avengers movie, having gone underground at the end of The Winter Soldier.
  • Disc One Final Boss / Sorting Algorithm of Evil: It's been confirmed that the movie starts with Baron von Strucker as the villain, only for Ultron to take focus as the true Big Bad soon after.
  • Excalibur in the Stone: Lampshaded by Tony Stark after Thor challenges the other Avengers to try and lift Mjölnir.
    Tony: If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?
    Thor: Yes, of course.
    Tony: I will be fair, but firm, and maybe work out the "Wench Clause".
    Thor: No, I'm sure.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: With Scarlett Johansson. She had three stunt doubles rather than the usual one to help carry the load, and Joss Whedon was quick to say "She won't be carrying groceries for the whole movie."
  • In Name Only: The movie has almost nothing to do with the Crisis Crossover comic book series Age Of Ultron. Instead, it adapts Avengers volume 1, issues 54-58, which introduces the villain Ultron and his origins as a creation of the Avengers themselves.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: The first trailer has a creepy version of "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio playing after Ultron first appears. Doubles as a Shout-Out to the movie's distributor, Disney.
  • Killer Robot: Ultron, an artificial intelligence bent on destroying the Avengers and all of humankind.
  • Knight Templar: Ultron believes his genocidal actions are ultimately in humanity's best interest.
    Joss Whedon: 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 "Mwahaha, soon I'll rule!"
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The film has over a dozen major characters from all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including:
    • The six Avengers from the first film: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye.
    • Supporting characters from other Marvel Cinematic Universe films: Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Dr. Erik Selvig, James Rhodes / War Machine, and Sam Wilson / The Falcon.
    • Several newcomers: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, the Vision, Baron Strucker, and Ultron.
  • Me's a Crowd: Ultron is capable of operating multiple robot bodies at once, including hundreds of insect-like drones, multiple Iron Man armors, and dozens of copies of his "true" body.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: Ultron goes through multiple iterations over the course of the film, starting with a misshapen combination of junked Iron Man suits, and ending with a final form closer to his comic designs.
  • Mood Whiplash: A rather relaxed and hilarious party among the Avengers is rudely interrupted by Ultron breaking in with dozens of drones to murder them.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Hawkeye's new clothing has elements of both his classic comic outfit and the costume of his Ronin identity.
    • The Iron Man suit's new color scheme is based on Bleeding Edge armor from the comics.
    • One of the broken Iron Man suits Ultron uses to make his prototype body has the same black and gold color scheme as Tony's Marvel NOW! armor.
    • Steve is able to budge Mjolnir, unlike the others besides Thor, referencing how he is, in fact, worthy of it in the comics.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tony creates Ultron, and gives it access to an entire army of Iron Man drones, to protect people. Ultron decides to go on a mass murder spree with Tony's resources instead.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Each Avenger, despite having wildly different costumes, sports Avengers logos on their clothes; Captain America's new outfit displays two on the shoulders, for instance.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Thor challenges the other Avengers to try their hand at picking up Mjölnir, which can only be wielded by someone "if he be worthy". Tony, Rhodey, Hawkeye and Banner fail. Cap appears to budge it a little, much to Thor's dismay. Black Widow doesn't even try, saying "That's not a question I need answering."
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Ultron was designed to be the leader of Tony's Iron Legion drone forces, but ends up being the first of Tony's AI creations to turn on him and go evil.
  • Product Placement: Black Widow will ride an electric LiveWire motorcycle as part of a deal with Harley-Davidson.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ultron delivers one during his first attack on the Avengers.
    Ultron: Worthy? How could you be worthy? You're all killers. You want to protect the world, but you don't want it to change. There's only one path to peace... your extinction.
  • Shadow Archetype: Tony Stark based Ultron on his own personality. But instead of channeling his ego and brilliance into being a superhero like Tony does, Ultron becomes a genocidal tyrant.
  • Shout-Out: Ultron sinisterly states "There are no strings on me." in one scene.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The robotic Ultron turns against the humans he was built to protect, coming into conflict with the Avengers and his creator Tony Stark.
  • World of Snark: As with every other Joss Whedon production, everyone is extremely deadpan and sarcastic. Even Proud Warrior Race Guy Thor gets in on the deadpan humor.
    Tony: It's biometrics, right? Like a security code? "Whoever is carrying Thor's fingerprints" is, I think, the literal translation.
    Thor: Yes, well that's a very, very interesting theory. I have a simpler one: [lifts Mjölnir] You're all not worthy.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: Ultron was created to protect humanity. He decides the best way to do this is by killing the dangerous ones.

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