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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Has Best Villain And Vision Is Astonishing, Says Robert Downey Jr.

The Avengers and the rest of the Marvel movie universe haven’t quite faced off against the biggest, baddest villain in Thanos yet. However, the upcoming Age of Ultron film does pit Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers team against one of their more formidable opponents from the comic books. Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) sounded off on what he thinks of Ultron as a bad guy in an interview released Friday.

“These are about as high as they’ve been,” Downey Jr. said when asked about the stakes in Avengers 2, as captured by io9. “But the nice thing in Age of Ultron what Joss Whedon has done exceptionally well — I’ve never really seen it done like this before — [is that this movie] really is a Swiss Watch of character and action and stakes. It’s easily the best bad guy plot I’ve ever read in a script, let alone gone out and shot.”

Downey Jr. also provided another clue when asked how letting a smart artificial intelligence loose in the real world might play out.

“Well, it could be the Singularity or it could be ‘Terminator 9.’ It’s a big question mark. And fortunately that’s addressed in this,” Downey Jr. explained. He then jokingly added, “All your questions about existence will be addressed.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con Poster
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con poster gives a hint at just how bad Ultron is.

The spark for the conflict in Avengers: Age of Ultron is also confirmed to come from Stark, Downey Jr. confirms when asked where his character is at following Iron Man 3.

“Tony is kind of OK,” he stated. “They’re wrapping up some old business and it seems like everything is fine. The problem is, it’s always that thing where Tony says, ‘I have a really good idea.'”

Meanwhile, The Vision is one of the new characters that will appear in Avengers 2 and Downey Jr. had nothing but good things to say about the Paul Bettany acted android.

“I want to say that the way that Vision occurs is absolutely astonishing. And what I saw, because I was in close proximity to Bettany, everybody feels like they have a sense of him from playing JARVIS, and Vision isn’t JARVIS. When you see what Bettany does with Vision, I think you’re going to really dig it,” he concluded.

One thing is clear: The stakes are raised to new levels in Avengers: Age of Ultron, illustrated by an epic concept art poster released at San Diego Comic-Con and by descriptions of a trailer shown during the annual convention as well.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige. It stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. The film opens on May 1, 2015.

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