Marvel Studios have released a new plot synopsis for their upcoming ensemble superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. Billed as the most ambitious and captivating instalment in the multi-medium Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise yet, the much-vaunted follow-up to Joss Whedon's hugely lauded 2012 film Avengers Assemble will introduce super-powered newcomers such as Paul Bettany's the Vision, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch into the mix alongside the beloved original team roster, all of whom (Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlet Johansson included) will reprise their roles as the last line of defence against Hydra and a wealth of other antagonistic players.
In what's unlikely to be a particularly shocking turn of events for fans of the studio's work, Age of Ultron's marketing team are remaining predictably coy (not least since seven months still separate us from the blockbuster in question) here with regards to what to look out for in the finished product's long-awaited narrative (save for "unexpected action" - honestly, though, who doesn't expect that element from a motion picture of this particular ilk?), to the extent that they're refusing to brand Johnson or Olsen's characters as anything other than the Maximoff twins (no doubt due to the X-Men-related connotations of their traditional titles). That said, hints at a "dormant peacekeeping program" could suggest that callbacks to beloved classic Marvel comic-books (or even the upcoming Phase Three adventure Ant-Man, as many working for the so-called rumour mill would have gullible readers believe) could be in store and, better yet, Bettany's still-to-be-revealed artificial construct-turned-physical entity is referred to as "an old friend in a new form", implying that the character's roots will lie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's past rather than him representing an infuriating deus ex machina-esque plot device.
For our readership's viewing delight, here's the aforementioned official précis as it originally appeared on Marvel.com last week: "When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, 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." Try telling us that you're not ecstatic to witness Age in its sure-to-be-spectacular entirety now!
Avengers: Age of Ultron assembles in UK cinemas nationwide on April 24th, 2015.