This past weekend, those attending the Marvel Studios presentation during San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a pretty terrifying new look at the central villain in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the Avengers 2 footage that was shown, the titular heroes were kicking back and having fun in Avengers Tower, only to be interrupted by a zombie-looking incarnation of Ultron - seemingly put together from spare parts. Those of you who weren't present for the panel will have to wait a while before you can see the clip for yourselves, but at the very least we now have the creepy image of the robotic menace that you see above.

Posted by the official Avengers Twitter page, this photo was taken at the Marvel Studios booth on the show floor of the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con - but Ultron wasn't the only awesome prop from The Avengers 2 that was on display. For example, to the left of the creepy robot was the fist of Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor (which attendees of the panel got to see in action):

Hulkbuster fist The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Thanks to Marvel's Twitter, we also have this shot of Captain America's shattered shield, which was shown at the very end of the Avengers: Age of Ultron footage (though the top right corner piece was completely missing):

As I mentioned in my write-up of the footage, The Avengers: Age of Ultron looks like it is going to be quite a bit darker than its predecessor, and these three props weirdly do a great job illustrating that. I shouldn't have to explain what's creepy about a zombie robot or Cap's unbreakable shield being broken, but there's also the fact that Tony Stark felt it was necessary to build a suit of armor strong enough to take down one of his best friends. The movie will surely have plenty of laughs - just about all Marvel Studios movies do - but we also can't forget that Joss Whedon has a knack for completely ripping his fans' hearts out with powerful, emotional moments.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany, and will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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