Don’t get me wrong. Loki was one of the best supervillain portrayals in all of film history. He was an exemplary sympathetic antagonist, having a very understandable grudge against Thor and a bitterly disappointing childhood to account for his attempt to take over the world. Having been raised thinking he would be a ruler and denied that in favor of his brother, Loki understandably felt led to conquer the world Thor loved.
Tom Hiddleson portrayed him in an incredibly charismatic but creepy way that just made me want to believe in him that much more. I even felt fear for him when Thanos’ lackey threatened Loki with what would happen to him if he failed to dominate the earth. However, there is another class of villain that is even more worrisome. One that submits to no authority. One that doesn’t need any reason to commit the heinous acts that he does. One that may or may not want to watch the world burn.
The Avengers have such a challenge this time. Along with perhaps having to face the Black Panther villain known as Ulysses Claw, the Avengers are up against Ultron, one the of their toughest adversaries ever. Here are a few ways Ultron is superior to Loki.
1. Ultron doesn’t need a motive:
Ultron, being a robot who has cast off the “strings” of all the submission he would naturally be under, represents total unaccountable anarchy. Thus, Ultron, like the Joker from The Dark Knight, has none of the humanity that would dictate that he might have some fathomable motive we could even come close to agreeing with. Being bent on world domination and the annihilation of all mankind, Ultron wants what is best for Ultron because Ultron has no reason to care about anyone but Ultron. Ultron is his own motive. Loki wanted to rule the people he was trying to conquer, not destroy all of them. Ultron has no such inconveniences. He desires only to be supreme, and, as a robot, will never become lonely at the top.
2. Ultron is way more powerful:
Besides being a super-strong robot who can fly, Ultron possesses the ability to download his artificial consciousness into any number of metal robots. This means that he can appear to be in just as many places as Loki can, only with Ultron they are all real. Ultron needs no army, he is the army. Not only that, he is an army unlike any the Avengers have yet encountered in the movies as Ultron is often composed of adamantium, the indestructible metal that makes up Wolverine’s skeleton. Although 20th Century Fox may not allow Ultron to be made of adamantium, he is apparently still strong enough to break Captain America’s vibranium shield in half, which is quite a feat.
Perhaps Ultron is made of vibranium which he acquired from Ulysses Claw who stole it from Wakanda where the fictional metal is found.
3. Ultron is more manipulative:
Before you jump down my throat, which many of you will anyway, hear me out. In the first movie, Loki was able to manipulate the Avengers into having heated arguments and becoming too distracted to realize his plans in time before he ripped apart the helicarrier and whatnot. Good for him, he bought himself some time, allowed some character development to happen and still got beaten in the end without ever really hurting any of the Avengers very badly.
However, in the trailer for this second movie, Ultron states “I’m going to tear you apart from the inside” and is immediately proven right as division quickly rears it’s head amongst the ranks of the superheroes. Iron Man is shown in potentially deadly altercations with both Thor and the Hulk.
This is a far cry from the slight disagreement of the first movie.
Moreover, Loki was only able to turn Hawkeye into a temporary henchman. By the looks of things, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are both under Ultron’s sway for at least part of the movie, giving the robot a much fuller hand than Thor’s brother ever had.
The villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron is far beyond some disgruntled man-child who thought he was a god (Who, incidentally still answered to a higher power named Thanos). Ultron has no reason not to think he is the only god. He is the only being like himself in the universe (that he is aware of ) and he has even the boldest of men losing hope. It seems Tony Stark is quite quick to assert that Ultron brings “the end of the path” he started the avengers on. Nick Fury and Black Widow both seem to share Tony’s sentiment, making fatalistic statements of their own. Captain America’s greatest weapon lays broken on the ground, and Thor and Hulk are shown attempting to kill their own leader. Such mischief was never achieved by the Asgardian demigod the Avengers fought in the first movie. That is why it looks like Ultron will be the superior villain.