Ultron: the Living Automaton, leader of the Phalanx and one of the greatest threats the Avengers and the Universe ever faced. He quickly became a name that heroes and fans alike shivered at. And he'll be making his big screen debut soon in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035).
But who is Ultron? What is he capable of? What has he done in his reign of terror? In what marks the second article of the Geek Archives, in which I will explore this great enemy, here I will examine Ultron's abilities, and highlight what he could mean to the Avengers. Without further ado, then, here's Ultron.
Most people don't know that Ultron was actually created by Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man. Ultron's mind was even based off of Pym's brain patterns, which made Ultron see Hank as his father. Soon, Ultron developed an Oedipus-complex towards Hank, which even included going starry-eyed for Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp. He once even transformed into an android created in the vision of her, but let's not get into that. Since his creation, Ultron has been set on destroying and ruling mankind to create a more-perfect world. He returned after upgrading himself five times to perfection to defeat the Avengers. As his secret weapon, Ultron created the synthezoid known as The Vision to defeat the Avengers for him. But, unluckily for him, The Vision developed the same rebellious attitude to his 'father' that Ultron had towards Pym, which resulted in The Vision defeating Ultron. The Vision actually went on to become a core member of the Avengers. Of course, Ultron would eventually come back, ready to defeat them.
This scenario has played out numerous times in the comics, with the robot never really dying and always returning. Once, Ultron's conscious escaped his body and traveled through space. He then became the leader of the alien cyborgs the Phalanx. He then went on a conquest for the Kree Galaxy, which led to the formation of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy. One of Ultron's newer stories is actually called the Age of Ultron, where Ultron achieves his goal of global domination by killing or defeating most of the heroes of the world. To save mankind, Wolverine and Sue Storm go back in time to change history and prevent Ultron from ever ruling the Earth. Does that sound familiar? From this, I think it's safe to assume that Ultron has been nothing but one of the most profound affects on the Marvel Comics. He's also seemed to have influenced many other Marvel movies, and hopefully ones to come soon.
Ultron has abilities that are much like Iron Man's. Coincidence much? That includes flying, being able to project energy beams, and the addition of connecting to nearby computer softwares. But he has more unique abilities than that. He once acquired a ray that, among other capabilities, could allow him to read, hypnotize, and control a nearby human mind.
But Ultron is more popularly-known for his quest to evolve. Every time he either sees an imperfection in himself, or is defeated once again, he upgrades his body and mainframe to perfection. Once, he even upgraded himself with an adamantium shell, the indestructible metal that Wolverine's claws are composed of. He also upgraded with a vibranium body, the metal that Cap's shield is made of. Let's talk about that later. Ultron is always going to try and perfect himself to win. In other words, Ultron is the poster child for evolution.
The Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige have already said that Hank Pym won't be featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron, so Ultron will probably not even be created by him. But in the Age of Ultron Trailer we saw an Iron Man helmet slowly turning into the head of Ultron. I think that it's safe to assume that Tony Stark will be the one that creates Ultron. There's even more evidence to this as we know that Paul Bettany has been cast for the movie as The Vision, as he's also the voice of JARVIS. Let's talk about that more in my next article.
But back to Ultron. We know that the movie is called Age of Ultron, but it definitely won't follow the comic's story. Mostly because it's the same story as the upcoming [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942). I'm taking the title to heart though. I believe that this will be the beginning of Ultron's reign of terror across not only the world, but the entire galaxy. Ultron will definitely be defeated by the end of this movie, but as this article has already said, it definitely will not be the last we see of him. I think that The Vision could destroy Ultron's body, but things could play out like they do in the comics. Ultron's consciousness could escape into space and become leader of the Phalanx and cause trouble for the [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). They might realize that the only person who can help them is Tony Stark, and he could be in a state of depression for creating Ultron. This could then lead to him believing that he isn't needed on Earth, but that the rest of the galaxy needs him. He could then become a member of the Guardians, since there's that rumor that this is how Iron Man's character can evolve. There is also the rumor that Ultron'll be upgrading with vibranium. If that's true, there is only one place where he can get enough. And that's Wakanda. And we all know who comes with Wakanda. Will we be seeing Black Panther on the big screen soon?
You see, Ultron was one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe. And, if Joss Whedon pulls his character further, he could change everything about the Marvel Franchise. Ultron could set the stage for all future Marvel movies, could introduce new elements to the stories, and create new characters along the way. But right now, all we can do is hope that Avengers: Age of Ultron won't be the last we see of him.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.