In 49 days, I will be comfortably seated in auditorium 10 at an AMC Theater in Naperville, Illinois barely able to contain my excitement. Ultron has been a staple of Avengers comic storylines for several decades and this year he FINALLY gets his opportunity to show the world what he can do on the big screen.
Casual fans of the MCU have been exposed to psychotic villains before, I mean Red Skull readied bombs with every major city written on the side of them, but none have come close to the sheer insanity that is Ultron. Created by Dr. Henry Pym, he was designed to instill peace and safety in the hearts of the world's inhabitants. After Pym quit [The Avengers](movie:9040) in a fit of rage, Ultron decided that in order to truly protect the human race, he had to annihilate it. In the first live action adaptation of this subplot, Ultron is created by Tony Stark. We do not yet know what his motives are, but we do know that he is hell bent on the extinction of humans. This sinister, diabolical, and downright crazy scheme is one that has never been seen before in the otherwise lighthearted MCU. For example, Loki was preoccupied with the idea of a war.
This guy, seemingly, could not care less about the inhabitants of Earth yet he never spoke of their utter destruction. Instead, he wanted to rule over them and be praised as the king he believed he was. Ultron does not think in this manner. Ultron wants every living organism on this planet to become extinct. Plain and simple. For a production studio that is ultimately owned by Disney, this seems a little graphic. The megalomaniac is going to do some serious damage. How do I know this? Let's take a look at the upcoming film slate for the critically acclaimed MCU.
Out of the 8 films announced, the two that don't seem to fit in the good natured storytelling arc that Marvel has created is [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) and Thor: Ragnarok. First, Civil War is going to be loosely based on a comic story that starts with an explosion that kills everything within a several block radius. Men, women, and children die in the first pages of the story and that is something that convinces Tony Stark to go all in with the Superhero Registration Act which sets up a war with opposing heroes. The death of (SPOILER ALERT) the giant Goliath causes some disheartening on both sides and, as we all know Cap dies in the final pages of the book. If that wasn't depressing enough, things dont't look so bright in Thor's future either. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a series of events that result in the end of days. The end of days. The smart money isn't on Thor surviving his third and perhaps last installment in his extremely successful franchise.
Now, what does all of this have to do with our friend Ultron? Well, looking at the footage we've seen via the trailers and already announced film slate, things are going to get dark for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Speculation is running as wild as Hulkamania as to which of character will die in the film. That in and of itself shows how seriously fans are taking the threat that is Ultron. He is a force to be reckoned with and he will change the MCU as we know it. The only question ath remains is whether it will be for better or for worse? For now, we wait for the premiere of the film to find out. 49 days.