When the title for the “Avengers” sequel was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in July the villain for the movie was revealed. Now that villain has been cast. On August 29, 2013 on Marvel.com James Spader was announced as the actor who will play the villain Ultron in the sequel to be released in 2015. But who or what is Ultron?
Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, the artificial life form that is Ultron has been menacing the Avengers since he debuted in the pages of “Avengers” #54 (July 1968). What makes this super villain all the more deadly is his ability to evolve. Through the years the Ultron has upgraded himself constantly returning to torment the Avengers and one Avenger in particular, Ant-Man aka Hank Pym.
One of the Avengers’, and humanity’s, deadliest enemies was created by one of the founding members of the Avengers. Doctor Henry “Hank” Pym is a brilliant bio-chemist who decided he knew enough about science to create an artificial life form. This robotic intelligence had “daddy issues” from the get go. Attacking his creator and wiping the memory of his creation from his father’s mind. By the time he first attacked the Avengers Ultron had evolved into Ultron-5 and his hatred for his father was only eclipsed by his hatred for organic life as a whole.
Since his creation 45 years ago the threat of Ultron has grown exponentially. The villain has destroyed countries, subjugated the galaxy, and conquered the time-space continuum. All the while he has followed in his father’s footsteps creating more artificial life to help him in his cause.
The Hollywood Comic Books Examiner has compiled a list of Ultron’s greatest attacks on the Avengers and the Marvel Comics Universe.