By now, everyone has heard that Hank Pym will not be the creator of Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That was cleared up almost immediately after Joss Whedon, the director of the upcoming Earth’s Mightiest Heroes sequel known as ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, stepped off the stage at San Diego Comic-Con. Shortly after that huge announcement was shared with the world, we seemingly received confirmation that Tony Stark would indeed be the creator of the classic Avengers foe. Now, another rumor has surfaced that supports the previous reports as someone (or something) close to the Iron Avenger is connected to the psychotic cyberman.
According to sources at Unleash The Fanboy, the plan for Ultron appears to be that JARVIS, Iron Man’s personal artificial intelligence software, will become the titular villain. Previously, we heard from Whedon that there would be some fundamental changes from the original version of the character, but this is quite the departure. Back when the news was announced, I assumed that it would be an all-new AI that would evolve and takeover one of Tony’s sentient armors (presuming that he makes more after the end of ‘Iron Man 3’), but this makes the stakes higher and a lot more personal. That Whedon is a tricky one and he sure knows which chords to pluck.
The reports also notes that the incomparable Paul Bettany would return to portray the digital butler. The thespian that has appeared in such films as ‘A Knight’s Tale’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ has provided the voice of JARVIS since the first ‘Iron Man’ film, so it’s good that they’re bringing him in yet again. However, it’s unknown if he’ll be the one providing the motion capture for Ultron. Considering that he’s only been lending his voice to Marvel’s movies, he’d have to strike a new deal for physically appearing in the flesh. Well, in this case, the adamantium armor.
Finally, UTF brings up a very interesting point about streamlining the story. That’s one reason that the creation of Ultron and all that comes with it has probably been transferred to Tony Stark. Now, if they wanted to streamline things even more, it’s possible that Bettany’s Ultron could evolve into a more humanized Vision and spark up a romance with the Scarlet Witch, who might be played by Elizabeth Olsen. I’m not sure if Whedon and the executives at Marvel would take this route and have Ultron be a one and done villain, but it is a very compelling theory nonetheless.
Once again, this is all rumor and until we hear from Whedon himself, the information needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
What do you think about Tony Stark’s beloved JARVIS becoming one of the Avengers’ greatest enemies? Do you hope that Paul Bettany ends up bringing Ultron to life physically and not just with his voice? And what do you think about this theory about the Vision? Sound off about all this and more in the comments.
‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.