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‘Avengers’ unleash ‘Ultron’ footage at Comic-Con

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of “The Avengers” descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand with other cast members from “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders.

The footage kicked off with the Marvel superhero team attempting to pick up Thor’s mighty hammer before launching into a barrage of action-packed imagery, including Hulk battling a giant robot resembling Iron Man and Thor grabbing Tony Stark by the throat. The footage ended with a bleak scene of all the Avengers fallen with a haunting close up of Captain America’s shield split down the middle.

“If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” Stark asked while trying to lift Thor’s hammer – both with and without an Iron Man gauntlet.

The cast were joined on stage at the San Diego Convention Center by newcomers Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and James Spader, who personifies the villainous mechanical force Ultron in the sequel.

“I play an 8-foot robot,” Spader joked. “I’ve always played human up until this point.”

“Age of Ultron” is set for release May 1, 2015.

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang .

‘Avengers’ unleash ‘Ultron’ footage at Comic-Con

KDWN

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of “The Avengers” descended on Comic-Con to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand with other cast members from “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including Samuel L. Jackson and Colbie Smolders.

The footage kicked off with the superhero team attempting to pick up Thor’s mighty hammer before launching into a barrage of action-packed imagery, including Hulk battling a giant Iron Man robot and a close up of Captain America’s split shield.

“If I lift it, do I get to rule?” Tony Stark asked while trying to lift Thor’s hammer – both with and without an Iron Man gauntlet.

The cast were joined by newcomers Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and James Spader, who personifies the villainous mechanical force Ultron in the sequel.

“I play an 8-foot robot in this movie,” joked Spader. “I’ve always played humans up until this point.”

“Age of Ultron” is set for release May 1, 2015.

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang .