Loki had an army, but the Avengers had a Hulk. And now, the Avengers also have a veritable one-man army to stop the Hulk, if need be.
Fans caught a first look at "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe," the TV special that aired on ABC last night. Along with the special came first looks at concept art for Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel, including our first real glimpse at Whedon's Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch vision. (Alas, no Vision, but we'll take what we can get.)
As exciting as those new characters are to see, not enough can be said about an old character's newest trick: Iron Man and his Hulkbuster armor. After several movies worth of anticipation, Whedon and Marvel are breaking out the big gun, in the form of Tony Stark's latest Iron Man suit:
The Hulkbuster suit has been a staple of Iron Man's armory for years and years in the comics. In "Iron Man 3," we saw an armor that looked very much Hulkbuster inspired: Mark XXXVIII, the silver and blue "Igor" armor that rampaged against Aldrich Killian and his Extremis-powered enforcers.
But that was just an amuse-bouche, a taste of the Hulk-sized Iron action to come. Based on the "Age of Ultron" concept art, it's clear that Iron Man's Hulkbuster will come into play, likely to rein the Jade Giant in once his giant green rage monster schtick gets too far out of control.
Hopefully, we'll also get to see Hulk and Hulkbuster Iron Man fight together side-by-side, Science Bros style. But frankly, we'll take the suit however we can get it.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theaters on May 1, 2015.