Thursday, April 10, 2014

Path to Ultron

With The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's pretty obvious what the new threat/villain is. But the question is, how exactly will the story take shape and how will Ultron go bad? In the comics, Hank Pym (Ant Man) creates Ultron. Long story short, Ultron gains self awareness and comes to resent and hate his human creator and decides to become an enemy of humanity. If you have not heard already, the film version of Ultron will be created by Tony Stark. My guess is the past films, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have laid the ground work for Ultron's creation. Important note though, Age of Ultron will note be based on the story of the same name which played out in the comics. Don't look for any time travel.

With S.H.I.E.L.D now laid to waste and fractured with all of it's secrets gone, it seems likely that entities it kept in check will run wild, or idea of the threats that face the world without S.H.I.E.L.D will make governments go to extremes. As revealed in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC, HYDRA now controls some of S.H.I.E.L.D's major facilities around the world. I think Tony Stark will be asked to become Iron Man again to help police the brave new world ahead. But Stark gave up being Iron Man and might not want to be a hero again. So stark will take a play from a previous enemy and create drones. He'll either do this voluntarily or feel very pressured to do this by the U.S. Government and or multiple governments.

Now you may be asking, drones? Plural? Ultron is supposed to be one character. And it is one character. In the Age of Ultron comic book story, Ultron commands an army of machines which he uses to conquer the world. Ultron may be the command unit, much the way War Machine was supposed to be in Iron Man 2. It's a long shot to put out any theory this far away, but this seems the likely setup for Ultron. And having an Army of Ultron drones would be a big enough threat, and provide enough enemies to warrant an Avengers team on screen. Joss Whedon could just have a film with the Avengers fighting one Ultron, but that would be difficult to pull off on screen having everyone in one spot for minutes on end. Not that Whedon couldn't pull that off, because he could. But as brilliant as Stark is, could he build a machine that could take on all the Avengers by itself? Possibly, but for the sake of story we'll assume Ultron will not be alone. But how does Ultron go bad?

It could be similar to the original comic story and events could unfold Terminator style with a rise of the machines. It could be another HYDRA plot, but that was just done. There are also possibilities of external threats. As in not of this world. Thanos will be the threat for Phase 3 of Marvel's films, most likely being the villain of Avengers 3. Could he somehow be behind Ultron? Again, maybe. But probably not likely. If any hint of the Mad Titan is in Age of Ultron, it will be Thanos continuing to observe Earth and the humans. Again, any kind of speculation is just a long shot for now.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production. No matter what way the story unfolds, it looks like it will be good.

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