Avengers: Age Of Ultron Primer – Ultron

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Ultron’s Origins and Abilities

In Avengers #56 – #57 (September 1968 – October 1968), flashbacks reveal that Ultron was created by Hank Pym based on his own brain patterns. As Ultron’s intelligence grew, it developed a hatred for Pym and an affinity for Janet van Dyne (she was Hank’s lover at the time). Other revelations included Ultron building a synthezoid named Vision — an android intended to be a weapon that would destroy the Avengers. Vision, though, would rebel against Ultron and join the Avengers to destroy him.  During these issues, Ultron also upgrades itself five times and brainwashes Pym into forgetting that Ultron ever existed.

Ultron’s abilities have varied throughout the years, but he’s been seen to exhibit superhuman levels of strength, speed, stamina, durability (especially after his Adamantium upgrades), reflexes, flight at subsonic speeds, various energy-based weapons, and an Encephalo-ray. The Encephalo-ray has been used to induce a death-like coma or place victims under hypnotic control.

In the ten-issue crossover storyline Age of Ultron (March 2013 – June 2013), Ultron and his Ultron Sentinels conquer the world. It’s later discovered that Ultron is actually in the future and has been using Vision as a conduit to do his bidding. A plan is formed where one team will travel into the future and destroy Ultron, while another, composed of Wolverine and Susan Storm, goes back in time to kill Hank Pym before he can create Ultron. The killing of Pym succeeds, but the rewritten timeline is no better. In the new present, Tony Stark controls an army of robot drones and Morgan le Fay has conquered half the world. The team goes back in time again and Wolverine stops himself from killing Pym. A new plan is formed where a backdoor is installed into Ultron during his creation. With Pym and Stark now able to destroy Ultron, the apocalytic events at the beginning of the story are never realized.

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