When the Age of Ultron, the sequel to the highly popular Avengers superhero team-up, was initially announced; MARVEL also revealed that the title’s villain ULTRON would have an origin that breaks from his comicbook source. Or, so we thought until now. A throwaway word “dormant” has given me hope that the original creator of Ultron hasn’t been jettisoned altogether.
Now keep in mind that this is just pure speculation and total wishful thinking on my part, but based on the newly revealed (and official) synopsis from MARVEL Studios, Tony Stark aka Iron-Man creates Ultron from the ashes of a dormant peacekeeping program. This simple fact could mean that Ultron is not simply an evolution of Stark’s own and existing Iron Man project, but a combination of his and someone else’s research and technology.
In the comics, Ultron is created by scientist Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. Ant-Man is getting his own solo film in July of 2014 with actor Michael Douglas in the role of Hank Pym. In the books, Ultron is built by Pym from indestructible adamantium and a cloned sample of his own brainwave patterns. If my theory holds, then “Project Ultron” (as I’ll call it) could be just this dormant program that Stark stumbles onto. Possibly a project started years, maybe even decades earlier by Hank Pym. A project abandoned due to funding maybe? or possibly Pym knew just how dangerous the technology could be, used in the wrong way.
Anyway, my thinking is that Tony Stark discovers the program and uses his own modern know-how and experience with his Iron-Man tech to complete the work that Pym started and probably just as a way of being able to remove the tethers from his currently remote controlled suits. I believe the current Iron-Man films use JARVIS as the controlling mechanism, but JARVIS might be a simpler AI compared to what Pym came up with. It’ll be interesting to see if they go with the human brain patterns origin that is used in the comics. I digress, again.
So, my thoughts are that this Ultron Project would then in my speculation be an advanced AI program that allows Stark to make the giant leap required to go from the suits we know in the previous series of films and create not only Ultron, but later something as uniquely human as The Vision (a robot created by the Ultron). This would also explain and fit in quite nicely with the choice to cast an older actor in the role of scientist Hank Pym.
Of course this theory of mine completely hinges on the aforementioned dormant project NOT being just another abandoned creation of Tony himself. I think my own fanboy speculation is an infinitely cooler idea and would go further in linking the worlds of the various heroes.
What do you think? Wishful fanboy musings or plausible theory?
The full and official film description is below:
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.