Avengers Ultron on cover of Entertainment Weekly

The anticipated Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, isn’t due until May 2015, but we finally get a first look at the title villain… who covers the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Ultron, the fictional supervillain from Marvel, appears on the mag’s cover alongside Iron Man and Captain America.

We also get some further details about the villain. According to the EW story, Tony Stark creates an army of Earth-protecting drones to give the Avengers a break, controlled by a powerful program that takes the form of a metallic being called Ultron (voiced by James Spader).

Stark designs Ultron to be self-learning and self-aware, which turns out to be a bad idea.

“Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better,” writer-director Joss Whedon tells EW.

Also in the issue, EW offers up eight more exclusive photos, offering a sneak peek at Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and new characters Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, among others.

Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.