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Unless you're way more insightful than I am (which isn't a stretch), this will come off as a bit of a shock. It turns out that Ultron from Avengers: Age of Ultron is way more interesting than you may have guessed at first glance.

Mild spoilers ahead, so if you haven't seen Age of Ultron yet, you may want to avoid reading this for now. Check out my spoiler-free review of the movie if that's the case.

OK, so from my perspective, Age of Ultron is a stellar film that gets bogged down by a few annoying plot decisions. One of them being the hyper-streamlined origin story for Ultron. He's essentially introduced as a villain in about ten minutes, with only minor allusions to him being shown in Iron Man 3.

Geez, we get it.
Geez, we get it.

But that's not a deal breaker because Ultron himself is a fun and exciting villain. He has an interesting personality that feels almost sort us viewers. At times, you perceive him as an innocent child, until he says something that reminds you of how nonsense-crazy evil the guy is.

Ultimately, Ultron is an artificial intelligence. And one of the things that persistently bothered me about his character was how mysterious his personality and motivations were. Sure, the movie sort of barely explains what his deal is over the course of nearly 3 hours, but if you're like me, Ultron still felt like an incomplete idea.

Age of Crysis?
Age of Crysis?

Well, now that I've had some time to think about it, I've come to the conclusion that Ultron's weirdness is completely intentional, and many subtle clues actually point to the why behind what makes Ultron, Ultron.

It's really quite simple. Ultron was invented by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, the science bros we've all come to know, love, and secretly ship on Tumblr. When Ultron is born (away from their watchful eyes), he is shown to meander through the world with only J.A.R.V.I.S. to guide him. We're led to believe that Ultron's personality and character is an accident, or at least a result of his quick perusal of the entire world and all of its data.

Ultron, Oedipus, it's all the same.
Ultron, Oedipus, it's all the same.

But really, Ultron is the way he is because he was invented by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. He immediately realizes they are his makers and proceeds to inherit their personalities, likely when he reads about them in length via Stark's files and the Internet.

We then see Ultron take on some not-so-unique personality traits. He's smug, sarcastic, and impatient like Tony Stark. He's prone to temper tantrums like Bruce. And of course, he's brilliant like both of them. He's the sins of the father embodied within a metal casing.

Like Tony, Ultron has a clear vision for the world and will make it happen, no matter the cost. It just so happens that what he wants for the world conflicts with what his makers (and many other people) want. He's essentially the inverse of the Avengers, which is why the writers must have chosen this direction for his tone, dialogue, and character arc. What better villain than yourself?

I just saw the movie a week ago, so I'm still unpacking these thoughts. If you have something interesting to add, I absolutely welcome it. The more I analyze this movie, the more I appreciate it. In other words, I seriously can't wait for the 3 hour director's cut of this movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is now playing.


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