by Ryan Rigley
Joss Whedon has once again blown the minds of the entire geek community. At San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, the "Avengers" director showed up during the last minutes of the Marvel panel to announce the official title of his highly-anticipated "Avengers" sequel: "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Obviously, this comes as a huge surprise to everyone who has seen the first "Avengers" film, due to the fact that Thanos is teased in a post-credits sequence. We here at MTV Splash Page did not see this coming. However, the decision does make a lot of sense considering the fact that Ultron has always been one of the primary villains of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Click past the jump for more on the evil automaton!
Created by Hank Pym
In 1968, a robot disguised as the Crimson Cowl led the Masters of Evil against the Avengers. Later, in a flashback, it's revealed that this robot is, in fact, Ultron, a living automaton created by Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man. The reason Hank doesn't remember building Ultron? Simply put, Ultron made his daring escape from Pym's lab after hypnotizing the doctor into forgetting about his existence entirely.
Feelings for Janet van Dyne
Born with a serious "Oedipus Complex," Ultron immediately has an irrational hatred towards his "father" Hank Pym and strong feelings for Pym's lover, Janet van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp. Perhaps this is because when Pym was constructing Ultron's A.I., he based it on his own brain patterns. Eventually Ultron builds himself a robot bride named Jocasta, with A.I. based on the brain patterns of Janet van Dyne.
Since he was first created, Ultron has always been fully capable of upgrading himself. One of the first things that Ultron learned was how to power himself up. After that, it was just a matter of rebuilding himself as a better, more indestructible human-killing machine. At one point, Ultron even uploaded his A.I. into the body of his former robot lover, Jocasta.
Father of the Vision
Before it was discovered that Ultron was created by Hank Pym, we learned that the evil automaton was actually responsible for the synthezoid Avenger known as the Vision. Originally, Ultron built the Vision as a means of destroying the team. However, the Vision proved to be smarter than his creator intended and almost immediately realized that the Avengers were the good guys and that his "father" Ultron was, in fact, the bad guy.
"Age of Ultron"
In a recent Marvel comics event series, Ultron returned from ultraspace in order to wipe out all of humanity once again. Only this time, Ultron succeeded, leaving Earth's Mightiest Heroes quaking in their superboots in a hidden refuge located in the New York City sewage system. With no other option left, Wolverine and Susan Storm traveled back in time to the moment when Hank Pym first has the idea to create Ultron intending to stop him by any means necessary.
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