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Entertainment Weekly gives us an exclusive into 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Marvel's The Avengers won't be reassembled until next summer, but Robert Downey's Jr.'s Iron Man and Chris Evans' Captain America are two of 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes' on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con double issue, which will be on newsstands this coming Friday.

Since the summer of 2008, Downey has been at the forefront of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tony Stark, the brash, impulsive billionaire/genius/playboy who is also the armored Avenger Iron Man. That led to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the then-S.H.I.E.L.D. director, to start the Avengers Initiative: recruiting him, Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Evans) to become a 'response team' of superheroes to fight the battles that no one ever could.

Now comes the Age of Ultron, where the Avengers must struggle with the fall-out after Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where S.H.I.E.L.D. has been branded a terrorist organization after the super-spy organization has been heavily infiltrated by HYDRA, whom Cap fought against during World War II. While Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) wants to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. as the name it once literally stands for -- protection --, others like Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) have gone into the private sector and work for Stark Industries.

And speaking of Stark, he and his fellow Avengers are about to become battle-weary, so Stark decides to create Ultron as the solution to their problems, but soon the robot will become a bigger problem for not only the Avengers, but also the rest of the world.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1, 2015.