"I know you're 'good' people… I know you mean well… but you just didn't think it through… There is only one path to peace… your extermination."
Entertainment Weekly recently provided this snippet of dialogue from Avengers: Age of Ultron’s titular baddie. Seems his ends mirror those of Earth’s Mightest Heroes. His means, however…
“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’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!’... He’s on a mission. He wants to save us.”
This was Joss Whedon, speaking to EW about Ultron’s unique outlook.
A number of details have dropped regarding Avengers: Age of Ultron in the past 24 hours. And it got me thinking… I have no idea who this Ultron git even is!
Not the biggest of deals considering I only discovered who the Chitauri were about ten minutes before the started making NYC their bitch. But Ultron is getting a titular credit, so I feel it’s my duty to get the low down on this high tech. (Ooh, strong contender there for the worst gag I’ve ever made)
1. He’s A Robot. NO HE’S NOT. He’s software.
Originally, Ultron was a big bad, heavy duty robot with a weird cackle-face who could download his consciousness into Ultron drones. (These were essentially Avengers fodder, but that’s alright, coz Fan Service!)
Marvel Studios’ Ultron cuts out the middleman and starts life as a computer program. Kind of like J.A.R.V.I.S. meets Skynet. Only with James Spader’s hypnotic tones bringing it to life. Sure, Ultron will control the retooled Iron Legion in the Avengers sequel, but only ever from the safety of the cloud methinks.
2. He was Created By Ant Man. NO, HE WEREN’T. He was created by Iron Man.
Hank Pym created Ultron. For the laugh, presumably. Not with the intentions of world domination. But given how many times Marvel have painted Pym in a less than generous light, maybe he did. Anyway, given Paul Rudd isn’t scheduled to appear onscreen as Ant Man until AFTER Age of Ulton, Marvel Studios have gifted genesis rights to the team’s resident brainiac… Tony Stark.
I just realised The Avengers has two resident brainiacs. But Banner was probably too busy RAGE quitting C.O.D. to help. Probably explains why everything went to shit in the first place…
3. He’s Made of Adamantium. I DOUBT THAT HIGHLY, PAL! Though Vibranium is a possibility.
Even though Marvel comics first mention of adamantium described the alloy armouring Ultron’s form, for all intents and purposes, it’s Wolverine’s thing. Decidedly. And Wolverine is Fox. I doubt Marvel and Disney want that particular row just now, so more likely they’ll craft Ultron from some similarly awesome alloy. Cap’s shield is famously made from Vibranium. Thor’s Mjolnir was forged in the heart of a dying sun. Plenty of durable minerals knocking about in the Marvel universe.
4. He Created The Vision WRONG AGAIN ASSHOLE! Tony Stark Created The Vision. Maybe.
Canonically, Vision was created by Ultron. Sure, in The Ultimates Hank Pym makes them both, but the former is the widely accepted story. However, actor Paul Bettany has played Tony Stark’s virtual butler four times since 2008. He’s been recast for Age of Ultron but renamed VISION.
I’m taking an intuitive leap here but perhaps Ultron ‘infects’ the J.A.R.V.I.S. program and renames him Vision.
Don’t think so?
You do better!
5. He Is NOT A Creature of Logic. YOUR’RE UNDERSTATING. He’s a nasty sod.
While Chris Evans maintains, "A lot of times when Ultron starts talking, it’s beautiful… It's really intelligent stuff. He's out to do the things he wants to do because he's disgusted with X, Y, and Z. You could probably sit down with Ultron and have a really intelligent conversation. He could blow your mind with his views.” Elsewhere the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth said to EW, "It's not the good version that could've come from [Stark's] intellect and personality… It's the bad son."
Distinct from much sci-fi, Ultron is not an emotionless artificial intelligence driven to seemingly genocidal acts by the purest of logic. Sure, he may put up that front, but the character has a 40 year history of being a complete dick. And while Whedon himself has explained away Ultron’s motivations as warped benevolence, Marvel are careful never to give their audience too sympathetic a villain. Too many feels spoil the punchies. That’s what I always say. Starting now…
I guess we’ll find out when Avengers: Age of Ultron downloads into cinemas on April 24th 2015.