This past weekend at the San Diego Comic Con, not only did they announce details about the upcoming Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, but the subtitle for Avengers 2. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Age of Ultron is the latest comic book event from Marvel, concluding just a month ago. While they’ve improved their event comics with each iteration, Age of Ultron still had it’s problems. The question many fans are asking now is, how will the event translate to the movies? Let’s look at what the comic did and what Whedon and co. would take from it.
Age of Ultron ran for 10 issues from March until June in 2013. Nearly the entire series was drawn before a single issue was released. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, this was a story he seeded for years in his Avengers run, capping off his time with the characters. The first five issues were drawn in a cinematic fashion by Brian Hitch, with the final five drawn by a mess of people. Quick history of Ultron: he is one of Avengers greatest villains, a sentient rogue A.I. created Hank Pym (Ant-Man). Ultron was created to better humanity, but thought the best way to do that was Skynet style and destroy it. Ultron has wreaked havoc across the galaxy, even having a few battles with the Guardians.
In Age of Ultron, the story starts off with the world destroyed, and many heroes dead. Ultron has won. The few remaining Avengers attack Ultron’s stronghold, only to learn he is not there. The Vision, a robot created by Ultron who joined the Avengers many years ago, was at the center. Ultron himself was in the future, relaying commands through the captured Vision to his forces. Wolverine and Sue Storm (Invisible Woman) went to the Savage Land (a prehistoric area of Earth hidden under the Arctic) where a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. hidden base was located. There the two went back in time, Wolverine was determined to kill Hank Pym before he created Ultron while Sue was hoping to convince him otherwise.
Wolverine killed Pym, then he and Sue returned to the present, only to see how drastically everything was altered. Craziness ensued and the two went back in time again, this time Wolverine prevents Wolverine from killing Pym. Ultron himself didn’t even make an appearance until the end of the series. Still with me? Ultimately this book did what every Marvel event has for the last decade, set up many different story lines without offering a conclusion itself. The most confusing of which was introducing a new character, Angela, into the Marvel U. She was a weird 90’s character created by Niel Gaiman that he recently reacquired the rights back from Todd McFarlane (Spawn).
Ultimately not much of this matters as far as the movie goes. Marvel doesn’t own the film rights to Wolverine or Sue Storm so I’m sure much of their time traveling antics won’t be seen. The Avengers proper, as movie audiences know them, were barely present in the book. Half the fun of the series was seeing things done with the characters that couldn’t normally be done (deaths and such), because of the impending time travel reset button. Again, I doubt any of that will make it into the film.
Hank Pym created Ultron, but his film won’t be released until later in 2015, after Avengers 2. How will Ultron be introduced considering they’ve done none of the ground work setting him up? Many thought the villain would be Thanos after the tag in the first Avengers film, but I thought it was too soon for something like that. Perhaps in the Guardians movie (since they’ve tangled with Ultron before), we’ll see Ultron introduced and sent to Earth by Thanos, with the Mad Titan himself fighting the Avengers properly in the third film. I thought it was too soon for Thanos anyways. Whedon has confirmed that Hank Pym won’t be in the sequel and Ultron will have a new origin. Money’s on Tony Stark will be Ultron’s creator, but I think that’s too easy.
What do you think this means for the movie? Think they’ll leave most of the comic behind? Comment below!
Caught another one.