Ultron is the particularly thorny problem that Robert Downey Jr.'s Ironman and the rest will have to deal with in the superhero sequel, once again written and directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers). And as he confirms to the magazine, it is indeed Stark who creates Ultron, originally designing the self-aware artificial intelligence as a way of reacting to threats, with a legion of drones at his command to let Thor, Captain America and the others get some much needed downtime after saving the world. Sadly, things don't go exactly to plan, with the electronic intelligence quickly figuring out – like so many technology types before him – that the human race is the biggest threat to peace and happiness.
"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!'" Whedon tells the magazine. Cue trouble, and for more on what that entails, head to Entertainment Weekly's site, where you can also find new images from the film, including the ones below.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron features Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders back together again alongside an array of new and old friends including James Spader (Lincoln), Paul Bettany (Transcendence), Don Cheadle (Flight), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted).
Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be out in the UK on 24 April next year.