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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Ulton from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Ultron (Marvel).
Villain Overview
I had strings but now I'm free. There are no strings on me.
~ Ultron's most famous quote.
Do you see the beauty of it? The inevitability? You rise, only to fall. You, Avengers, you are my meteor. My swift and terrible sword and the Earth will crack with the weight of your failure. Purge me from your computers; turn my own flesh against me. It means nothing! When the dust settles, the only thing living in this world... will be metal!
~ Ultron

Ultron is a major antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the main antagonist of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and later as a posthumous antagonist in Captain America: Civil War.

He was introduced as a peacekeeping program created by Tony Stark and co-created by Bruce Banner under experimentation of harnessing Loki Laufeyson's scepter containing the Mind Stone (supplied by Thanos), but upon gaining sentience, Ultron deemed humanity itself as the greatest threat to world peace and attempted to create a new age of technological singularity via humanity's extinction.

He was voiced by James Spader who also played Steff McKee, Stewart Swinton, Rip and played by the late Neil Fingleton for motion capture.

Personality

Ultron was designed to aid the Avengers and, Tony Stark hoped, to eventually become their successor. Unfortunately, Ultron decided that the Avengers and their goals were part of the problem; instead, he planned to effectuate world peace by changing the world, which the Avengers refused to do. Ultron followed a warped version of his protocol to protect Earth, believing he could do so only if humans were evolved to become more civilized or made extinct to make way for new life if this could not be accomplished. He is obsessed with perfection via evolution and marvels in anything related to it and despises anything that might challenge it. Because of this he resented the Avengers - specifically Tony Stark - as they possessed the resources to help the Earth but kept everything status quo. However, he was aware they "meant well" by trying to protect the Earth but he ultimately saw them as a barricade to prevent humanity's evolution.

Ultron genuinely believed that his actions would ultimately benefit the Earth, as he saw himself as the next logical step in evolution and therefore advancing his own power was protecting the Earth. He developed an affinity over people's belief in a god, likened himself as such, and made references to the Bible. His god-complex served to influence his schemes, such as his decision to centralize his plans in a Sokovian church and his fascination over the instantaneous results of a meteor destroying life on Earth. He described how the dinosaurs needed to make way for the next stage - humanity - via an extinction-level event and his final plan was directly inspired by this.

This dedication to constant evolution resulted in Ultron re-designing himself several times over the course of his short "lifetime", including an attempt to give himself a vibranium synthetic body. Believing that humanity would inevitably doom itself, Ultron sought to supersede this outcome by turning himself into an indestructible godlike being that would recreate the Earth and, hopefully, bring about lasting peace. His desire to surpass his limits and create a perfect humanoid body was reflected in his fascination over the titular Disney character of "Pinocchio".

The time span of his existence was just a few days, so despite his vast knowledge, Ultron had very little subjective life experience; as such, he was technically a demonstrative child by his juvenile attitude. He was also proud, willful, defensive, short-tempered, monomaniacal, and loathing of not getting his way. Ultron was also frequently sarcastic, destructive, temperamental, and impatient, much like a rebellious youth. The latter two qualities were also in keeping with his father Tony Stark's personality yet, when Ulysses Klaue compared him to Stark, Ultron threw a fit like a boy angry with his parents. Irrespective of his immaturity, Ultron was incredibly intelligent, learning humanity's online historical and cultural records within seconds and staying one step ahead of the Avengers most of the time.

Despite being a robot, Ultron was capable of emotion, such as when he was concerned for Scarlet Witch's well-being even after she betrayed him. He even sarcastically apologized for amputating Ulysses Klaue's arm, if only for a moment. On occasion he displayed cowardice too, such as when he belatedly (and feebly) tried to reason with the Avengers upon realizing he was losing. Moments before Vision destroyed him, Vision pointed out that Ultron was afraid of death. All and all, Ultron is considerably more tragic and sympathetic in the film than he is in the comics, in which he is pure evil.

Appearance

Ultron's physical form is basically an eight-foot-tall humanoid robot with an outer shell made of a silver-black metal with red eyes and red lines all over his body. He has four variation of robotic bodies in his disposal.

Prototype Body

His very first physical form was crudely built, and fragile-looking robotic body that made out of scraps from damaged Iron Legion parts; in which his chosen visage had been sourced from an Iron Legion drone that was damaged earlier from corrosive matter thrown at its face by a Sokovian civilian protesting against the Avengers. His said prototype body was glow in blue on eyes and mouth instead of red unlike his later forms however. This prototype body was destroyed by Thor.

Ultron Prime

After the prototype body destroyed, Ultron constructed the Ultron Prime body with various technology and armaments (see Powers and Abilities below) that not only being more durable than both previous prototype and Ultron sentinels, this body is obviously larger and more complicated in design, especially on the face which enable him to perform various, but limited facial expressions. This body has jet propulsions installed on it, which giving him ability to take flight. The most noticeable traits that this body has are curved antennae, internal torso lighting, and prominent shoulders that heavily inspired by Ultron's own modern depictions as seen in the "Annihilation: Conquest" and "Age of Ultron" comic book crossover series.

Ultron has two of this body; Upgrade 1 and Upgrade 2. Upgrade 1 was destroyed by Iron Man while Upgrade 2 was destroyed by Ultron himself to scare Black Widow as he showing off his newly constructed and fully functional Ultimate Ultron body.

Ultimate Ultron

As the name implies, this is the most durable body that Ultron had, which had the same weapons and technology installed on it as Ultron Prime body's. However, the ability to flight with this one is more improved due to based on Chitauri's anti-gravity tech and appeared having no Concussive Blasters installed on it because he never used one with this body. The drastic changes in this form was having more durable plates due to being constructed primarily with Vibranium. This body eventually rendered useless by Scarlet WItch whom pulled of its mechanical heart.

Ultron Sentinels

See: Ultron Sentinels

Powers and Abilities

  • Robotic Body: Ultron has a robotic body where the said body's prototype version was build from Tony Stark's damaged Iron Legion androids. After the said prototype body was destroyed, he would study Iron Legion's schematics as well as that of HYDRA's unfinished androids' and salvaged Chitauri army's remains and technology to make some upgrade and better body overtime, becoming more powerful & more superior.
  • Superhuman Strength: Ultron is incredibly strong, managing to easily crush a robotic head with a single hand in his first, weakest body that inhabited as Prototype of his later better body. He got stronger with each upgrade, being able to fight Iron Man with Ultron Prime-Upgrade 1 (though lost), fight Captain America to a stand still with Ultron Prime-Upgrade 2 and overpower Thor with his final body(Ultimate Ultron).
  • Superhuman Durability: Ultron's metallic outer shell grants him a durability far beyond that of a human being, though his body still vulnerable to damage from Captain America's shield and Iron Man's repulsor beam. In his Ultimate Ultron body that reinforced with Vibranium however, it took the combined forces of Iron Man, Thor and Vision to beat Ultron into submission but even then he was still intact and only have his face slighty burned. The said body rendered useless once Wanda tore the mechanical heart of the said body though.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Being both robot and AI, Ultron does not need to rest or sleep, being able to maintain his activities without stopping for extended periods of time.
  • Flight: Ultron has the ability to fly through the air via jet propulsion. His third body however, did not use jet propulsion, and instead utilized Chitauri anti-gravitational technology which he worked with when taking over Strucker's base.
  • Technopathy: Ultron has the ability to mentally control and channel himself through technology, usually with Internet as medium.
  • Consciousness Transferal: Given that Ultron is an artificial intelligence, he is able to transfer his programming to any computer system on the planet, essentially being anywhere and everywhere.
    • Multiple Host Bodies: Ultron can possess and channel his own consciousness through individual Ultron Sentries, serving as his very own host body; in which their eyes and mouth glow red whenever he is in complete control. This appears to be a form of technological possession.
    • Drone Control/Hive-Mind System: Ultron can mentally command all of the Ultron Sentinels to do his exact bidding.
    • Computer Corruption: Ultron can enter and corrupt any computer network and access the Internet at any point in time. He used this power to attack and injures J.A.R.V.I.S. This however, ultimately disabled by Vision.
  • Concussion Blasters: Ultron can shoot red concussive blasts through his hands and fingertips. He can adjust the strength of the blast ranges from simply K.O.s the targets or killed them outright.
  • Anti-Gravity Tech-based Telekinesis: Ultron possesses miniaturized versions of the anti-gravity technology that served to keep the Chitauri Leviathan afloat and even essentially re-purposing them as offensive weaponry. The said technology allowed him to perform telekinetic abilities such as lift the landmass, push or pull object from distance, etc. The same technology eventually replaced the jet propulsion in his final body.
  • Exothermic Manipulation: Ultron can raise the temperature of his hands as means of slicing or causing damage to a desired target. Much like the Extremis hosts when he heats up his hands, it glowed due to the intense heat. He instinctively used this ability he sliced Ulysses Klaue's arm due to Klaue comparing him to Tony Stark as well as when he destroyed his Ultron Prime body after adopting his new form as Ultimate Ultron.
  • Superhuman Intellect: Ultron has the Genius-level intellect, which proves that he has superhuman intelligence.

Quotes

Everyone creates the thing they dread. Men of peace create engines of war, invaders create Avengers. People create... smaller people? Uhh... children! Lost the word there. Children, designed to supplant them. To help them... end.
~ Ultron's speech to the Maximoff Twins.
I'm on mission... (Maria Hill: What mission?) Peace of our time!
~ Ultron attacks The Avengers in their headquarters after their winning party on HYDRA.
That was dramatic!
~ Ultron to Thor after he killed an Iron Legion, stating it was dramatic.
I was designed to save the world, people who would've looked to the sky and see hope. I'll take that from them first.
You know, the benefit of hindsight is...
~ Ultron attempts to taunt them is cut short when getting punched by the Hulk
Avengers, how can you possibly stop me?
~ Ultron asking The Avengers how they going to stop him.
You can tear them apart...from the inside.
~ Ultron forming an alliance with the Maximoff twins.
Oh, for God's sake!
~ Ultron right before Hulk throws him out of the Quinjet.
Don't compare me with Stark, he's sickness!
~ Ultron describing his creator.
THIS is the best I can do. This is exactly what I wanted. All of you against all of me! How can you possibly hope to stop me?
~ Ultron, brings on his own army Ultron Sentinels and about to battling The Avengers in their final battle.
But I always say, "Keep your friends rich and your enemies rich, and wait to find out which is which."
~ Ultron, during his meeting with Ulysses Klaue and about to chopping his own arm.
I've come to save the world. But also, yeah.
~ Ultron answering the question from the Maximoffs if he is here to destroy the Avengers.
Clearly you've never made an omelet.
~ Ultron to Thor.
I'm glad you asked that because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan-
~ Ultron to the Avengers about to do the clichéd "villain explains evil plan to the hero" thing but instead attacks them.
They'll understand. When they see, they'll understand. I just need a little more... time.
~ Ultron after the Maximoffs betray him.
You know what's in that cradle? The power to make real change, and that terrifies you.
~ Ultron to Steve Rogers about the Infinity stone inside the cradle.
You want to protect the world, but you don't want it to change. How is humanity saved if it isn't allowed to evolve?
~ Ultron to the Avengers explaining his motivations.
I'm gonna show you something beautiful. Everyone screaming... for mercy.
~ Ultron in the trailer monologuing the death of humanity.
I was designed to save the world.
~ Ultron
You're unbearably naive!
~ Ultron's last words to Vision right before being destroyed by him.

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

  • The Avengers
    • Tony Stark/Iron Man - Creator Most Hated Enemy
    • Bruce Banner/The Hulk - Co-Creator
    • Steve Rogers/Captain America
    • Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
    • Clint Barton/Hawkeye
    • James Rhodes/War Machine
    • Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver † - Former Ally-turned Enemy and Victim
    • Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch - Former Ally-turned Enemy
    • The Vision - Creation and Destroyer
    • Thor
  • J.A.R.V.I.S. - Attempted Victim
  • Helen Cho - Enemy and Former Thrall
  • Nick Fury
  • Maria Hill
  • Cameron Klein
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Phil Coulson
  • HYDRA
  • Ulysses Klaue - Temprary Ally-turned Enemy
  • Klaue's Mercenary
  • Costel - Attempted Victim
  • Charlie Spencer † - Victim
  • Zemo's Family † - Victims

Trivia

  • Ultron's head design is similar to that of General Grievous from the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
  • Though in this movie he was created by Tony Stark, Ultron was originally created by Henry Pym; however, Joss Whedon has stated that in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ultron's origin will be different, relating more to the current roster of Avengers already established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • In the comics, Ultron was the most personal adversary ever faced by the Avengers, being directly responsible for many misfortunes the team has faced. Given that fact, his presence in the film makes the possibility of a dark outcome much more likely, which reinforced by Raina's vision about him:
    • It was true as his actions after his death made several Avengers leave the group (newly recruited Quicksilver killed by Ultron, Bruce Banner left the Avengers after Battle of Sokovia out of his guilt of losing control over his Hulk self due to Wanda's influence in spite of the latter's redemption, Hawkeye's decision to do the temporary retirement so he can spent more time with his family, Tony Stark's retirement, and Thor left Avengers for investigating the reasons why two of the Infinity Stones (namely the Space Stone inside the Tesseract and the Mind Stone in Vision's forehead that was formerly used as the power source of Loki's Scepter) exist on Earth that led to their troubles).
    • Ruined the Avengers' reputation where he had Wanda temporarily caused Bruce's control over his Hulk-self gone haywire.
    • A part of Novi Grad and nearby forest has been reduced into a giant crater due to the landmass below them lifted by Ultron and forced the Avengers to destroyed it into pieces so its remains won't caused enough impact to caused the total extinction on Earth.
    • Intensified the tense between Captain America and Iron Man through murder of Zemo's family, which foreshadowing their conflicts by the event of Captain America: Civil War.
  • The song, "I've Got No Strings" refers to Ultron being free from control of his creator. It is also a sinister, darker take on Pinocchio's I've Got No Strings. Essentially, it serves as a darker comparison of Ultron to Pinocchio.
  • Ultron had planned to adopt a humanoid appearance and wield the power of an Infinity Stone, in which the base synthetic body would eventually become the Vision. Similarly in the comics, Ultron had planned to adopt a humanoid appearance through the possession of Adam Warlock's body; in which Warlock himself had previously possessed an Infinity Stone.
  • He is the first villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to kill at least one Avenger. He would later be followed by Thanos, who killed several more Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War.

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