Joss Whedon blew the minds of nerds everywhere when he announced that Avengers 2 would be entitled Age of Ultron. For those of you who don’t know who Ultron is, he is one of the most dangerous villains the Avengers have ever faced. In the comics, he was built by Hank Pym (the original Ant-man) in order to help keep peace. Ultron rebelled against his maker and threatened the Avengers on numerous occasions. He created The Vision as his own hand, but the Vision rebelled in a similar manner. The Vision defeated his own maker and joined the Avengers.
So how will all this translate to the big screen? Well there are a few running theories.
Staying true to the comics, many die-hard comic book people day that no one else is allowed to build Ultron. He must be the brainchild of Henry Pym or it’s not the true Ant-Man. The biggest problem with this idea is that Whedon denies it. He has come out and said that he is changing the origin of Ultron. Many of the comic book purists would say he’s lying and they might even say that until the movie debuts, but for my purposes, I don’t think it’s likely.
Tony Stark Has A Robotic Heart
I consider myself in this camp. Hear us out. Tony has removed his power source from his chest, but he declares that he is still Iron Man at the end of Iron Man 3. Also, consistently throughout the movie, we see automated suits with minds of their own (or minds controlled by JARVIS, an AI). It’s possible that Tony, holding true to his promise to Pepper but still wanting to have good influence, automates his suits. This automation becomes self-conscious and BOOM. Ultron.
There’s a couple strong arguments for this.
First, the teaser trailer that announced Ultron as the villain at Comicon showed Ultron’s head being fashioned out of an Iron Man helmet, hinting at a possible origin.
Second, Tony is the main character of the MCU at the moment. It was Tony that started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man. It was Iron Man who took the missile out of New York through the wormhole. Tony has been referenced or appeared in every Marvel movie except Thor 2 (if my memory serves). He has been a starring character in four of them (of a total eight).
Who better to create the next worse villain other than the primary character?
Also, the idea has been dropped that JARVIS would become Ultron. My only problem with this is that they cast James Spader. If JARVIS (voiced by Paul Bettany) is Ultron, why give him a different voice?
A Herald of Thanos
It’s strange to think about, but if Thanos, in an attempt to investigate the power of Earth, sends a scout. A mechanical scout, specifically. There is virtually no evidence to support this claim, but it would further connect Thanos to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, building on the foundation of The Avengers. I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s been mentioned.
There are still two movies to go before Avengers 2. In Phase 1, Loki wasn’t introduced until movie #4. It’s quite possible the information we have is not sufficient to guess just yet. I will be paying close attention to Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Either one can blow our minds with our favorite robotic nemesis’s appearance. This, my friends, is why we stay after the credits.
So these are the running theories for Ultron in the Avengers sequel. We can guess and chat about it all we like, but in the end, only time will tell.