We already know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has no problem departing from the comics when the story demands it. The trick is appeasing comics fans while still carving out a new world, and I’m absolutely fine with the MCU going in its own direction. The comics are still the comics, and it doesn’t break my heart if Hank Pym doesn’t invent Ultron in the movies. What’s important is finding the best way to tell the story and focusing on the bigger picture rather than getting OCD about details from the source material.
I say all of this as a lead-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron origins for new characters Ultron (James Spader) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Hit the jump to find out how the upcoming sequel will handle them. The film opens in 3D on May 1, 2015. [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
Images from what appears to be action figure packaging popped up on Reddit [via ScreenCrush], and those images contained biographies for Ultron and Vision. Reading these bios, we can see how Marvel is tweaking the origin stories for these characters, but still wants to give them some ties back to the comics.
Here’s the text for Ultron:
First discovered as a simple computer program hidden among the ruins of the Chitauri invasion of New York, the being known as Ultron soon completed its development into a sophisticated artificial intelligence after some experimentation by Tony Stark. Ultron’s first shocking ultimatum upon gaining consciousness was to declare the human race its enemy. Setting out to exterminate all life on the planet, the unstable and emotional Ultron seeks to upgrade its mechanical body to an ultimate, unstoppable form. With an army of robotic drones and the ability to enter and corrupt any computer network, Ultron will stop at nothing to see humanity wiped out.
Oh, those pesky Chitauri. The fallout from the Battle of New York continues to play a as we’ve seen Loki’s scepter fall into the hands of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) and other various pieces picked up by S.H.I.E.L.D. What makes this development interesting is that Ultron wasn’t designed from scratch, and that Tony did an incredibly foolish, arrogant thing in using Chitauri technology to build him. I’m also curious to see how far Ultron’s “ability to enter and corrupt any computer network” extends. Since the Iron Man suit uses a computer, is it vulnerable?
There’s also the matter of Vision, an android created by Ultron in the comics, but who has a new progenitor in the movie:
Programmed by the combined geniuses of Tony Stark & Bruce Banner and imparted with the ability to fly, project intense energy beams and change the density of his form, the Vision has proved himself a worthy hero, aiding the Avengers in their struggle against the evil A.I. Ultron.
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