Yesterday Marvel blew the roof off Hall H with the announcement of the title for The Avengers 2. It's going to be The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Most fans had assumed the sequel would deal with Thanos, revealed as the manipulator behind the scenes at the end of The Avengers, but instead it'll be about the maniacal robot Ultron.
For those not in the know: Ultron is a robot built by Dr. Henry Pym, who sometimes goes by the name Ant-Man.The robot, made of unbreakable adamantium, was given Pym's brain patterns and slowly became sentient - and then began hating its father. Ultron's Oedipal Complex has led him to try and destroy The Avengers again and again. Ultron also created a robot of his own, the synthezoid named The Vision, who was to be a sleeper agent to attack The Avenger. But Ultron used a dead hero's brain waves to bring The Vision to life, and The Vision ended up turning on his creator.
You might notice that Henry Pym doesn't exist in the Marvel Movieverse. There's an Ant-Man movie coming, but it'll be happening after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's possible that Pym will be introduced in this movie... except Joss Whedon says it ain't happening. Talking to io9 he said:
You'll have to wait and and see, but you don't need a Pym to create an Ultron.
So where will Ultron come from? I believe the video that revealed the title gives the answer. The video opens on a shot of Iron Man's mask, over which is played sound bites and small clips from The Avengers. The mask gets crushed and distorted, and then the camera pulls out to reveal Ultron's head. This makes it seem pretty obvious that Tony Stark creates Ultron.
Remember all the complaints about the army of autonomous Iron Man armors Tony had after Iron Man 3? Perhaps this answers that problem - one of the armors becomes sentient and refashions itself into Ultron. Tony then becomes the object of its hate, and the whole situation shows why you need a man in the suit. Since we're not getting any more Iron Man films it makes sense that Tony would be placed even more centrally in the next Avengers.
A note on the title: it was first used in a recent miniseries which took place in an alternate future where Ultron has taken over the world and killed many of the superheroes. The remaining survivors go underground in a desperate attempt to reclaim the blasted planet. The heroes try to go back in time and kill Henry Pym before he ever creates Ultron. That is almost certainly not the story for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'm guessing they're just using the name. The story in the comic is pretty crummy, but what's more it echoes X-Men: Days of Future Past too much.
I'm bummed that Henry Pym is losing one of his defining aspects. Pym's a character who has always been emotionally tortured, and his relationship with Ultron has always been fascinating. I can't imagine that Tony Stark will have that depth of a relationship - although having Stark, with his daddy issues, have a 'son' gone bad will be interesting. More than that, though, I'm bummed that we won't be getting Pym or Janet van Dyne as The Wasp in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. They're defining Avengers, and I want them in the Movieverse stat.