With Comic Con literally days away, you can bet we are going to be getting some major nerdy news in the next week or so. Casting announcements, trailers, pictures – it’s a busy time for fans of movies, TV and comics.

As per usual, Entertainment Weekly is starting the action early with a huge exclusive: the first image of Ultron from Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only does the magazine have the first pic of the baddie, it also has info on the plot that confirms what many have assumed all along: Ultron is created by none other than Tony Stark. Also, Ultron is evil. Very, very evil.

Get your first look at the villain and more information on him below.Ultron

There he is, standing behind his creator/nemesis Iron Man and Captain America. Tall, menacing and…multiple? That’s right, there isn’t just one Ultron but many and they all plan to do great harm to the human race. In fact, they plan to wipe us out. And what did we do? Here’s EW synopsis on the plot:

For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), his Tony Stark has devised a plan that won’t require him to put on the Iron Man suit anymore, and should allow Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk to get some much needed R&R as well. His solution is Ultron, self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.

The only problem? Ultron (played by James Spader through performance-capture technology) lacks the human touch, and his superior intellect quickly determines that life on Earth would go a lot smoother if he just got rid of Public Enemy No. 1: Human beings. “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 says, rubbing his hands together.

“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker adds, and smiles thinly. “He wants to save us.”

See, this is why you should never cut corners, Tony! I know you don’t want to be Iron Man anymore but building your own substitute only leads to trouble. Now we’ve got super powerful robots trying to kill us. Wonderful. Even with help from Captain America, Thor and the rest of the gang, it seems like The Avengers have met their match this time. I think some tense words will be exchanged with Tony because of his sci-fi experiment gone wrong.

Ultron seems like he’s going to be one killer bad guy and he’s going to rule on the big screen. Now imagine that robotic body voiced by the soothing tones of James Spader. Now imagine him saying how he’s going to wipe out the human race. Pretty scary, huh?

The upcoming issue of EW is its Comic Con preview, so you can be sure there is a lot more stuff coming from the magazine. But there will be a lot more of everything coming next week. This is just the tip of the iceberg for what will be a very, very, very busy week.

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