What if Ultron is Not the Villain in Age of Ultron?
I’m usually incredibly wrong with these types of predictions, like with Amazing Spider-Man #700, but hear me out. I think we’re going to find out that it wasn’t Ultron who took over the world and killed all the superheroes, it was instead Hank Pym! Or maybe some kind of hybrid of Pym and Ultron!
I have very little evidence to base this on. Only two issues of Age of Ultron have come out so far, but the clues are starting to be dropped. There are also solicitations for issues all the way up until the finale in June that we can pore over.
I don’t think anyone at Marvel has actually teased that there’s a big surprise coming. This is deliberate, I think. If someone in PR said ‘Who is really behind the Age of Ultron?’ then everybody would already know the answer is Hank Pym. So if they don’t tell us that there’s a big surprise twist coming, then we won’t know to expect it, and it’ll be even stronger when it does hit.
Join me after the jump to see my evidence.
First off, for those who don’t know, Hank Pym is one of the founding members of the Avengers (even though he didn’t make the movie). He started out as Ant-Man, but has also been Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and a few other superhero identities. He’s also a super scientist, and he invented an artificial intelligence that he named Ultron. Well, like most super robots, Ultron gained sentience and decided to destroy the human race. Ultron became a frequent villain for the Avengers, and I think he’d be a great villain for a future movie.
Hank Pym has also been kind of pigeon-holed with a bad reputation because he once struck his wife in a story a few decades ago. It wasn’t cool, of course, but it was a minor contexual thing, he apologized and they made up. He hasn’t done anything harmful to her since, but fans still refer to Hank Pym as the wife-beater. That may be important later.
Age of Ultron is a new Big Event comic coming out right now in which Ultron has finally succeeded in taking over and destroying the world. Only a handful of superheroes remain, and it will be up to them to unite and save the world.
Two issues of Age of Ultron have come out so far…but Ultron himself has not appeared in either of them.
We’ve seen a few Ultron security drones flying around enforcing justice, but we haven’t seen the big robot himself. Why wouldn’t Marvel show Ultron ruling over the Age of Ultron?
Perhaps because he’s not really in charge!
We also haven’t seen Hank Pym. We’ve seen a few pockets of surviving superheroes hanging around, but no Hank Pym. Yet we know that Hank Pym is going to be a big player in the series before the end.
So where is Hank Pym? And where is Ultron?
And who is this mysterious figure?
In Age of Ultron #2, Spider-Man reveals how he discovered that the world had come to an end. He swung into battle to try and help, but he was knocked out by this mysterious caped figure.
If that’s supposed to be Ultron, why hide him in shadow? And why is he wearing a cape?
That was my first – and really my only – clue that Hank Pym is going to be the surprise villain. Everybody likes big twists in their stories, and I think it would be a huge, shocking twist that Hank is the villain instead of Ultron. Everybody expects Ultron, but he hasn’t shown up yet. Nobody will expect Hank to be the villain – hence, twist.
So with this theory in place, let’s look ahead to future solicitations to see if anything pans out.
First up, in April, we have Age of Ultron #4 which promises a “secret behind Ultron’s victory over all of mankind.” Fair enough of a clue that some secret will be revealed.
Bigger in April is Age of Ultron #6, during which Wolverine and the Invisible Woman go back in time to do something in the Avengers’ past. The solicitations reveal that they have to make a big, scary decision that will change everything. Now take a look at the cover and see if you can guess what decision they make:
Wolverine cutting through an image of Hank Pym. Hmmm. Now why would Wolverine make the controversial decision to kill Hank Pym? Perhaps because he’s evil now!
The next big hints are in June during the big finale. There’s a comic coming out called Age of Ultron #10 A.I. Based on the solicitation, it sounds like some kind of epilogue:
One of Marvel’s most classic characters, Hank Pym, stands at the crossroads!
Faced with a dilemma only he can solve, Pym gambles his past and his future!
Some men are beyond redemption! By story’s end, Hank Pym will have an entirely new role in the Marvel Universe!
That all sounds pretty interesting. Hank Pym at a crossroads? Pym gambling his past and future? Pym beyond redemption? New role in the Marvel Universe? What does all of that imply?
Couple that info with the issue’s cover, which seems to have Hank Pym’s screaming face hidden under an exploding Ultron helmet.
Hank Pym as Ultron. Didn’t I just say that?
So what do you think, guys and gals, might I be on to something? It sounds awfully suspicious to me. Mysterious caped figure. No appearance yet by Ultron. Trip to the Avengers’ past. Hank Pym at a crossroads and beyond redemption. I think I might finally get one of my comic book predictions right!