Countdown to ‘Ultron’: Ultron

The titular villain in our “Countdown to ‘Ultron'” miniseries is up next.



Portrayed by: James Spader

First Appearance: Avengers: Age of Ultron

What makes Ultron awesome: Advanced artificial intelligence and a mission to destroy Earth’s population—what’s not to love about that?

Best MCU Moment: His first appearance in the AoU teaser with is eerily given speech.

At this point, there isn’t much known about Ultron in terms of the cinematic universe. However, thanks to his paper roots, there’s a lot of information for us to base speculation on. Before we get into that stockpile of info, let’s stick to what we do know based on the existing MCU movies and the trailers.

As you’ve seen from the trailers and released footage, the early builds of Ultron as well as his drones have a very similar stature to that of Iron Man’s suit. The reason for that is because after the Battle of New York against the forces of the Chitauri, Tony Stark decided to go ahead and launch a peacekeeping program that was previously inactive. This is a move that I believe we can expect to see influenced by the trauma that Stark has suffered leading up to this point, as well as the J.A.R.V.I.S. controlled suits he was developing in Iron Man 3. What started out as a move with the best intentions quickly went wrong.

Based on the trailers, we’ve heard Ultron state such things as, “There’s only one path to peace: their extinction,” and “How could you be worthy? You’re all killers … You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change.” To paraphrase, Ultron has been doing to his job too well, assessing all problems and dangers and is seeing the human race as the biggest threat to itself. In turn, he is going to “save” them via mass genocide.



One of the major differences we can expect to see between the MCU version of Ultron to that of the comics can first be seen in the basis of his creation. In the comics, Ultron is created by Hank Pym aka Ant-Man, a character that we won’t see come into play until July. It’s also known that the comics version of Vision, a new character we’ll see introduced in this movie and played by Paul Bettany, was created by Ultron. However, I have a looming suspicion that story may differ a bit in the movie, based on the fact that Bettany also voices J.A.R.V.I.S.

Regardless of what route Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige and company take with AoU, I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome ride that will have us all begging for more. Keep your eyes open for our next character on our “Countdown to ‘Ultron’” special.

How do you think James Spader is going to do as Ultron? Is he going to be a greater threat to the the Avengers than Loki? Tweet us @YouNerded.

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