Like suckers, we’ve been using our powers of deduction and imagination to craft an idea of what Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be about (besides the Avengers sitting around, whispering cattily about how old James Spader is). But today Marvel released a full synopsis for the May 1, 2015 release, and now we know that this particular Avengers film will find the superhero team assembling to stop a powerful supervillain from enacting his plan of world domination, and that in doing so, they will be “put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.” They will not be assembling for a memorable weekend reflecting on love and loss while dancing to Motown hits. In fact, that was the 1983 movie The Big Chill.
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.
Eagle-eyed fans who can read, like eagles, will also notice that the synopsis specifically names Paul Bettany’s Vision as “an old friend in a new form”—completely spoiling that using the longtime voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in his physical form isn’t a mere coincidence. It also uses the word “epic” twice, completely spoiling that nobody really puts too much effort into these things, because you’re going to see the movie anyway.