Joss Whedon and the folks at Marvel unveiled a surprise bombshell tonight as they revealed that the villain in the 2015 superhero sequel "The Avengers 2" is not going to be the giant purple alien Thanos after all — as was teased in the after credits scene at the end of "The Avengers" — but rather the team's number one archenemy in the comics, Ultron.
Naturally, that news sent fanboys and fangirls around the world into swoons of excitement. But for everyone else, there was one itsy bitsy question: Who the hell is Ultron?
Well, don't worry, we have you covered with a little guide we call Everything You Need to Know About Ultron.
Of course, before you read further, you may want to consider the possibility of SPOILERS. Which may sound a little weird considering nobody actually has any idea whatsoever about the plot of "The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron." In fact, the script hasn't even been written yet. But unlike villains such as Lex Luthor or The Joker, Ultron's story is so completely and inextricably intertwined with the lives of the Avengers that it's almost impossible to explain who the character is without revealing what could end up being major plot points.
Specifically, Ultron, who first appeared in 1968's Avengers #54-55, has major personal ties to two members of the team that haven't actually appeared in Marvel's movies at all: Hank Pym and The Vision.
Created by super-genius scientist Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man, though he may not be the guy inside that costume when Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" movie hits theaters in 2015), Ultron began life as the world's first true artificial intelligence. However, Hank made one mistake: He apparently programmed Ultron to be a complete d-bag. Before long, Ultron had upgraded his hardware and operating systems several times — building a indestructible robot body made so deadly even Thor fears him — and, armed with a major Oedipal complex, he set out to destroy his "father" Hank Pym and the rest of the Avengers.
This is where things really get complicated, because in order to do this, he decided to create his own deadly robotic minion, The Vision. He then sent Vision to infiltrate and destroy the team from within, but when Vision ended up becoming sentient himself, he had a change of heart and joined the team instead to fight on the side of good.
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As a result, most of Ultron's appearances through the decades have revolved around this deadly family feud, with Ultron trying to destroy both his "father" and his "son," with the rest of humanity being collateral damage. And given that the Vision's mutant wife, the Scarlet Witch, is already confirmed to be in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" — and that Vin Diesel is widely rumored to be in talks with Marvel to play Vision — chances are pretty good that we'll be seeing some version of this story play out on the big screen two years from now.
Of course, it should also be noted that the specific title "The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron" refers to a comic book event called "Age of Ultron" that just ended last month. But Marvel honcho Kevin Feige has already revealed to Empire that the movie won't be based on that story, they simply borrowed the title. Plus, given that the teaser featured an image of Iron Man's mask transforming into Ultron's face, it's very possible Tony Stark rather than Hank Pym will be responsible for his creation.
Whatever the case, though, we can't wait. Because, trust us: Ultron is awesome.
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