‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’: Synopsis revealed for the Marvel heroes sequel

James Spader’s villain Ultron is "hellbent on human extinction"

Disney has released the official synopsis for the Marvel hero sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

James Spader’s villain Ultron plots the extinction of humanity in Joss Whedon’s follow-up to The Avengers.

Plot details are revealed in the official synopsis below.

“When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping programme, 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.”

Released as Avengers Assemble in the UK in 2012, Whedon’s first Avengers film made over £1 billion at the worldwide box office.

A further sequel is scheduled for 2018. Robert Downey Jr has suggested that could be the last time he appears as Tony Stark as there are currently no plans for Iron Man 4.

In the Marvel comics Ultron’s origin story saw him built by scientist Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) as a force for protecting the world. However, for his big screen debut Ultron is re-imagined as the brainchild of Downey Jr’s Tony Stark to be the ultimate drone, a means for Iron Man to abdicate his duties and pass them onto a fully mechanised peacekeeping enforcer.

Stark’s creation is set to go haywire when Avengers: Age Of Ultron hits cinemas on April 24, 2015.