It’s been a busy week for Marvel Comics. The folks at the company caused a stir on social media when they revealed the new comics version of Thor would be a woman, and now they’re back to reveal yet another character change and some plot details from the highly anticipated 2015 feature The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In the recent EW cover story, we learn what Ultron’s origins and motivations are. Naturally, if you’d like to avoid all Avengers-related SPOILERS, you’re going to want to skip down a few paragraphs starting now…
EW shares a line of dialogue attributed to James Spader’s villainous character that puts everything he’s doing into perspective:
“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."
So, Ultron, who started his existence as part of Tony Stark’s Iron Legion – a group of robots that help Stark fight the forces of evil – eventually rises up against his master. Pretty cool.
Chris Evans says the character isn’t necessarily your typical comic book villain – his rationale for acting isn’t inherently evil or selfish, and he’s got a very eloquent way of saying things.
“A lot of times when Ultron starts talking, it’s beautiful. It's really intelligent stuff. He's out to do the things he wants to do because he's disgusted with X, Y and Z. You could probably sit down with Ultron and have a really intelligent conversation. He could blow your mind with his views."
That sounds great. We’ll find out of Marvel and director Joss Whedon can deliver on all this promise when the film hits theaters on May 1 of next year. [via Coming Soon]
Meet the new Captain America
If you’d just come to terms with Thor becoming a girl, then here’s another big hero change coming to the Marvel universe that's sure to catch you off guard.
As regular comic readers are already well aware of, Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) has been going through a real rough patch of late. He’s lost the supersoldier serum that made him Cap, and as a result has reverted to being a 90-year-old man. Since he can’t really carry out his super duties in this state, it’s time for someone else to take up the shield.
Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada revealed last night that the new Cap will be none other than Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie in the most recent Captain America movie). Wilson will be the first African-American man to take over as Captain America.
Some see these moves as an attempt by Marvel to diversify their characters in order to lure in new fans. A female Thor and an African-American Cap certainly break with the status quo – but will this really work? Only time will tell.
One thing you can bet on is this: Thor will be back to being a man and Steve Rogers will reclaim his shield at some point in the not-too-distant future. No one ever stays dead or gone in comics for too long, but it'll be fun to see how they play with these new announcements, as well as whether they ever impact the Marvel movies.
Here's a tease of what the Avengers will look like when they come together in the new comic Avengers NOW. In addition to the new Cap and Thor, the team will also include Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Deathlok, Winter Soldier, Medusa, Inferno and Angela.
What do you think of this change?
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