Our Great Ginger Savior, Joss Whedon, announced at this year’s Comic Con that Hank Pym, the comic book hero revered for his exploits as Ant-Man and despised as the creator of Ultron, will NOT create that invincible evil robot on the big screen.
That’s one giant slap in the face to comic book purists, especially since they’ve devoted so much time and energy in praising Whedon’s THE AVENGERS. But, as a fat bearded fanboy who’s always preferred looser adaptations like Fox’s X-Men or Blade series, this is the norm for me. And as I’m currently employed as a geeky web guru, I’ve decided to share my fun little theory about Ultron with you fine and hospitable folks.
Ahem… so, without any further ado, here’s what I think…
Ultron is Tony Stark’s best friend and state of the art A.I. system, JARVIS.
That’s right, I said it…
Ultron is JARVIS!
An Iron Man amor infected by a renegade JARVIS, to be exact. With Hank Pym out of the picture, it’s the only obvious choice. That little bit of software has been featured in 4 Marvel movies, and he’s already exhibited a knack for combat, controlling Stark’s armor army in IRON MAN 3. After watching the narcissistic billionaire fail over and over and over again, JARVIS may have an I, Robot epiphany, and suddenly embark on a campaign to save humanity from itself. Of course, such an action results in millions of causalities, but that’s alright, it’s time to save people!
As outlandish as it may seem, this evil relationship between JARVIS and Ultron is well established in the comics. In the indestructible robot’s first act against The Avengers, he brainwashes Jarvis and uses the butler as a lure in his trap (oh yeah, Jarvis is an old, white butler in the comics, not A.I.). In that sense, this theory is kinda, sorta canonical.
Speaking of which, did you know that Ultron created The Vision? That’s right, the yellow and green android was first meant to be a villain, but after a few interactions with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, he has a change of heart, and defeats his creator. I wonder if Vin Diesel will dabble into that backstory if he brings the Vision to the big screen?
My only concern with JARVIS as Ultron is the nature of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armors. They don’t pose much of a threat, as we’ve recently seen in Iron Man 3. Ultron is meant to be an invincible villain, but if he inhabits the body of an Iron Man suit (which he probably will), then he could easily be dispatched by a rogue Mjolnir toss or one of Hulk’s extra special uppercuts.
Then again… director Joss Whedon could allow Ultron-JARVIS (as I’ll now term him) to construct his own Adamantium suit, as he did in the comics. Although, for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Vibranium might be the alloy of choice, since it’s already been used in previous movies.