Amazingly, were nearly four months away exactly from the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the third most successful movie of all time, The Avengers. Here at Nerd Bastards, we cover all the angles for a major release like this, even during the holidays, so when we get word of new art work for the movie, or insight into the plot, we’re all over it. Today, you get both. First, we resolve some of the mystery around the origins of two of the major new characters in the film, and we’re not talking about the “miracle” twins we met at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Also, you better believe there’s going to be a lot of merch coming out along with Age of Ultron, and below is a look at some of the art work from those efforts. If you’re desperate for new Avengers news, then Christmas has come late for you right now.

First, the information you’ve absolutely been dying to get: brief biographical information on Vision and Ultron. From Reddit (and via /Film), comes the film origin for the robotic characters, who are both the creation of Ant-Man Hank Pym in he comic book. And while ties to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) have been inferred in what reveals we’ve received about Age of Ultron so far, this new information adds both the Chitauri and Bruce Banner (Mark Rufallo) to the equation.

Here’s the bio for Ultron:


First discovered as a simple computer program hidden among the ruins of the Chitauri invasion of New York, the being known as Ultron soon completed its development into a sophisticated artificial intelligence after some experimentation by Tony Stark. Ultron’s first shocking ultimatum upon gaining consciousness was to declare the human race its enemy. Setting out to exterminate all life on the planet, the unstable and emotional Ultron seeks to upgrade its mechanical body to an ultimate, unstoppable form. With an army of robotic drones and the ability to enter and corrupt any computer network, Ultron will stop at nothing to see humanity wiped out.

And here’s the bio for Vision:


Programmed by the combined geniuses of Tony Stark & Bruce Banner and imparted with the ability to fly, project intense energy beams and change the density of his form, the Vision has proved himself a worthy hero, aiding the Avengers in their struggle against the evil A.I. Ultron.

In other Age of Ultron news, we’ve gotten a look at some new promotional art courtesy of Comic Book Movie (and again via /Film). There’s nothing much to write home about unless you want an artist rendered sneak preview of the Hulk Vs Hulkbuster showdown or a badass Thor standing on top of a big pile of destroyed Ultron drones, but it’s likely some of these images are going to be looking back at you from any one of 100 different items later this year.

Let’s look at the gallery:

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere May 1.


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