Ultron is currently in the process of global conquest.
Ultron was created by Dr. Henry Pym, based upon his own thought and memory engrams. It was a foray into Artificial Intelligence that no scientist had ever taken before, even Reed Richards. It started out as simply a box on treads with what appeared to be to be a head at the top. Dubbing the A.I. Ultron-1, he hoped this represented a new era in scientific discovery. However something went horribly wrong and Ultron became more than sentient and rebelled against his programming. He also defeated, and then brainwashed Dr. Pym into forgetting he’d ever created him in the first place.
Ultron was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.
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Masters of Evil
Ultron took on the guise of the Crimson Cowl and formed the Masters of Evil to battle against his creator and the other Avengers. Ultron made every effort to improve himself with each upgrade and the Avengers finally encountered Ultron-5 some time later, whom had developed a much more humanoid body. Ultron-5 built an android from the brain patterns of Wonder Man and the body of the Mad Thinker's Human Torch. This android would later become known as Vision. Vision differed from his creator, in that he had a conscience and rebelled against Ultron on his first mission to kill the Avengers.
Ultron-6 was able to manipulate Vision into stealing Adamantium and using it to remake his creator's body out of it, which would make him nearly indestructible. After his success with the Adamantium, Ultron battled the Avengers again, although he was tricked (by Pym) into self-destructing, destroying his entire body except for his head. The head was later found in Attilan where Maximus made a new body for it.
Ultron-7 had a gigantic body, but this body wasn’t cast from Adamantium, making it somewhat easier to destroy. And, indeed, it was destroyed by the Fantastic Four a short time thereafter.
Ultron-8 obtained control of Hank Pym's mind and used him to create Jocasta, on which he based the thought engrams of Pym’s wife, the wondrous Wasp, but he was subsequently destroyed by the Scarlet Witch.
Ultron-9 was built by Iron Man, whom was hypnotized into doing so by one of the previous Ultrons. This one was knocked into a pool of liquid Adamantium which cooled, encasing him eternally in a block of the virtually indestructible ore.
Ultron-10 began building spare bodies to work as his subordinates and to act as a new body for him if he were to be destroyed again. Which proved prophetic, as he was promptly destroyed by Machine Man.
Ultron-11 was created to fight in The Beyonder's Secret Wars, yet was re-programmed by Dr. Doom so as to make it more amicable toward humans. Ultron-12 was built by Ultron-11 before he left for the Secret Wars and joined the Lethal Legion. However, Ultron-12 had second thoughts when he was confronted by Vision, (Ultron's "son") Scarlet Witch, and Wonder Man. He reconciled with Dr. Pym (his "father") and renamed himself Ultron mark 12 or “Mark”. Ultron-11 returned from Battleworld and destroyed Mark, moving Wonder Man to tear Ultron-11 apart in retaliation.
Ultron-13 was built by Doctor Doom with the memories of all of the previous Ultrons intact for the purpose of killing Daredevil. Unfortunately, this Ultron had thirteen distinct personalities in its mind all at once. This proved essential in his defeat as Daredevil whom, until Ultron began destroying himself, had had no luck harming the Adamantium cast robot. This Ultron's next plan was to transform humanity into robots, but before he could carry out this dastardly deed he was captured by the Avengers.
After another upgrade he dubbed himself "the Ultimate Ultron" (Ultron-14) and decided that he didn't desire to simply kill all humans, but all organic life as well. This incarnation also created Alkhema, which was based on the thought engrams of Mockingbird.
Ultron-15 was made from pure Adamantium and created hundreds of new Ultron bodies completely loyal to him, the Ultron army. This wave of robots annihilated the nation of Slorenia and then taunted the world with a broadcast showing, in grim detail, all of the havoc the army had wreaked. This Ultron was destroyed by Pym using Antarctic Vibranium which can disintegrate all nearby metals, including Adamantium.
Later, Alkhema used the acquired engrams of Pym, Vision, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and Wonder Man's brother, the Grim Reaper, to transfer them into robotic bodies to attack the Avengers. Unbeknownst to Alkhema, she was influenced by the Ultron Imperative to rebuild Ultron. The Ultron Imperative failed after the intervention of the Avengers. Then, Ultron himself took over Tony Stark’s sentient armor. However, he was seemingly destroyed in an explosion.
He later resurfaced in the Runaways storyline: True Believers, as the father/creator of Victor Mancha.
Next, he appeared in Mighty Avengers, having taken a form resembling Wasp, after seemingly killing Iron Man when he took over his armor. He was also revealed as the mastermind of the Phalanx's takeover of Kree space during 'Annihilation Conquest'.
The only thing that really distinguished Ultron-Pym from former incarnations was that this Ultron was a polygamist.
After Ultron's encounter with the Avengers, his consciousness was thrown into the depths of space. He spent a few months floating through the cosmos as radio-waves and energy. Eventually his signal was picked up by an outlying group of Phalanx , attempting to contact their parent race, the Technarchy. Fascinated by what he found, Ultron decided that the Phalanx lacked direction from a singular conscious, and that he would be perfect for the role. Through sheer force of will he merged himself with the programming of the Phalanx, laying his plans in motion.
Under Ultron’s guidance the Phalanx managed to subjugate the entirety of Kree space after enclosing it behind an impregnable barrier that separated it from the rest of the galaxy. Ultron led the Phalanx from the heart of the spire. It was only after Phyla-Vell found and awakened Adam Warlock,that he returned to a physical form, prompting him to eliminate Select Korath for failing him.
Using the coordinates of their last encounter with Warlock and his allies, Ultron was able to follow them to the hideout of the High Evolutionary. With a squadron of Phalanx drones he was able to break through the Evolutionary's defenses and reach the inner sanctum of his laboratories. Ultron launched a merciless assault on Warlock and his friends. He personally killed Moondragon, punching his fist through her chest, before challenging Adam Warlock. He sent his phalanx drones to apprehend Warlock at first, then to restrain the High Evolutionary.
After watching Adam face off against Ultron's children for a short time, he reentered the fray, in order to better gauge his abilities. He was able to withstand Warlock’s assault, and at the same time decipher that he had been newly reborn. Ultron also noticed that Adam lacked full control over his new powers. Not even a fully enraged Quasar was able to phase Ultron, and the High Evolutionary resorted to sending the star on which his base resided into Super Nova, hoping to destroy Ultron. He wasn’t destroyed by the Evolutionary’s ploy, however, for he managed to transfer his conscious into another body. He returned to the Spire, where he found the newly captured Star-Lord and prepared to vent his frustrations out on the captive hero.
Ultron watched as Star-Lord was tortured, only becoming bothered when his minions failed to retrieve the desired information. After they informed him that the hero's mind was shielded, he took it upon himself to pierce his mental defenses. He sent his Selects in search of the telepath responsible. Then, turning his attention back to Star-Lord, he decided his scientists were right and returned to physical torture to gain the information he wanted.
Ultron managed to track down the High Evolutionary, offering him impunity in order to convince him to aid in his conquest. The High Evolutionary captured Adam Warlock, betraying his trust, and transferred the conscious of Ultron into Adam’s body. Now housed in the body of Warlock, and possessing his powers, Ultron set about to continue his true plans. Using his experience merging with Tony Stark, he hoped to use the DNA of Adam Warlock to create the perfect hosts for the Phalanx and thus, ultimate techno-organic beings.
Leaving the High Evolutionary to finish his task, Ultron left to deal with the problem of the insurrectionists. As he teleported in, he immediately took out Mantis, the group's telepathic and precognitive resident. He then set his sights on the rest of Star-Lord's team. They were only saved by the timely arrival of Nova and his reinforcements. Then Warlock, Adam’s namesake, engaged Ultron in battle; ultimately managing to use his mutant strain of the Techno-virus to force Ultron out of Adam Warlock’s body.
Ultron then transfers his consciousness into the body of Praxagora. Using Prax’s connection to the Sentry swarm to create a new body for himself to inhabit. Before he left, he messed with the balance in her core control, causing her to explode and take the Kree’s ship with her. He then constructed a massive form for himself. Ultron continued combating Adam and his allies, still confident of victory. Warlock manages to use the resources available to him to defeat Ultron, by having Wraith use his powers to trap Ultron's consciousness inside his current body. Then he created a blade for Phyla to destroy Ultron with. This defeat was seemingly the end for the mechanical menace.
Following the aftermath of the Siege, the Avengers were confronted by Kang the Conqueror and the Maestro who revealed that a war between Ultron and Kang had shattered the time space continuum from Kang constantly traveling in time and assembling several heroes and villains to stop Ultron. The Avengers were able to convince the future Ultron to lose to Kang and in doing so, kept the splintered time lines from happening. Later, also in Avengers, the Intelligencia discovered the inert body of a Galadorian Spaceknight and attempt to reactivate its power source, hoping to exploit it. Although the Avengers interrupt their attempts, the body activates, revealing it was containing the consciousness of Ultron, who had escaped destruction after the events of Annihilation: Conquest. The new Ultron escapes knowing it can't fight the Avengers or the Intelligencia in it's new awaken and weak form. Iron Man gravely foresees that when he returns, it will bring the apocalypse for mankind as shown during their time jump. That the Ultron War will now happen.
Powers & Abilities
Each version of Ultron has different abilities. Here is a list of some of those abilities:
- Encephalo-ray: which plunges its victims into a death-like coma, allowing Ultron to mesmerize and manipulate the minds of his victims, or implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a later time.
- Concussive blasters
- Radiation emitters
- Durability: Ultron's outer shell is usually composed of Adamantium, rendering it almost impervious to damage. However, his internal mechanisms are generally less durable and more easily damaged. Ultron's Adamantium forms have proven vulnerable to molecular rearrangement devices and the metal-destabilizing ore, known as Vibranium ("anti-metal").
- Tractor beams
- Limited energy absorption abilities
- Hive-mind Technology: All Ultrons incorporate a "program transmitter" which can beam part or all of Ultron's programming into remote locations such as computers or alternate robotic bodies. Ultron can often control other machines remotely even if he has not transplanted his consciousness into them. One recent Ultron model developed the ability to animate and control hundreds of alternate Ultron bodies at the same time.
- Superhuman Strength: Ultron has Class-75 Super Strength
Though Ultron appears in different forms and incarnations, it generally assumes forms similar to that of his original form.
- Height: 6'9" (variable)
- Weight: 735 lbs (variable)
- Eyes: Glowing red
- Hair: none
Earth-1610: Ultimate Universe
Ultron is been introduced in the Ultimate universe as a group of robots built by Hank Pym to be soldiers for S.H.I.E.L.D. only to be rejected by Nick Fury. Later, when Hank is on the Liberators, the Ultrons are used for crowd control, but end up helping in the fight against the liberators. The Ultron robots later appear as butlers for the Ultimates, but one of them is taken over by Dr.Doom and kills the Scarlet Witch. He then creates robotic copies of the Ultimates. They are destroyed by the real Ultimates in the Savage Land and Ultron is destroyed by Hank Pym.
The MC2 reality version of Ultron, Ultron Extreme appears in this timeline, having been inert for over a decade until being reactivated by Sylene, the daughter of Loki.
Earth-6706: New Exiles
In the home reality of the New Exiles' Gambit, Ultron is a benevolent Master A.I. program whom is integrated into the computers at Luna Prime (a habitable version of Earth's Moon). It is not known if he has a true physical body as he is only been depicted as a holographic head.
Earth-20051: Marvel Adventures
The Marvel Adventures reality version of Ultron, a defense system called Ultron 700, was created by the US government to replace the Avengers. It was a reasoning (robotic) air, land, and sea militia driven by a single mind. It was online for almost a minute before it turned against its creators.
The Avengers: United They Stand
Ultron appeared in the short lived Avengers: United They Stand animated series. He appeared in the first two episodes, and finally the last episode.
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Ultron appeared in the straight-to-DVD movie Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. In it he was the main antagonist and was created by Tony Stark.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Ultron, voiced primarily by Tom Kane and then Wally Wingert, makes several appearances throughout the series as a robot created by Hank Pym and manufactured by Stark Industries. Initially, copies of Ultron are used by S.H.I.E.L.D. to guard the inmates of the super-villain prison, "The Big House," prior to the breakout in the series premiere. Numerous Ultrons (notably Ultron-5) are shown acting as wardens of "Prison 42" in the Negative Zone and are later reprogrammed to help fight the forces of Kang the Conqueror in the episodes "Come the Conqueror," and "The Kang Dynasty." Later, Ultron-5 reappears as a completely villainous antagonist in the aptly named episode "Ultron-5," reprogramming itself to overcome the pacifist subroutines initially installed by Hank Pym. Although adopting a more violent approach to bringing order to humanity, (by systematically attacking the Avengers and manipulating various super-villains, like the Serpent Squad, to suit it's needs) Ultron is unable to actively harm Janet Van-Dyne, due to his programming. Fortunately, this limitation is exploited by the other Avengers. However, Ultron is able to seemingly disintegrate Thor, before finally being destroyed by the Hulk.
Although Ultron's physical body is destroyed, in the next episode "The Ultron Imperative," he is shown to have gained the ability to upload his programming into the world's computer networks, taking over S.H.I.E.L.D.'s defense systems in an effort to exterminate humanity via nuclear holocaust. Now calling himself Ultron-6, he states that humanity is inherently flawed, and that the only logical course of action to obtain world peace is to destroy all life on Earth. Ultron manages to take control of all of Iron Man's advanced armors and upgrades his own body with self-regenerating materials and weapons to engage S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers simultaneously, notably showcasing his power by reverting the Hulk back into Bruce Banner. And while Ultron-6 has the ability to hurt Janet, she was saved by Thor, who was saved from Ultron-5 by the Enchantress. In the end, Ant-Man is finally able to stop Ultron by uploading a logical paradox into Ultron's central processor, noting that Ultron himself could not exist by his definition of a "perfect world," as his artificial intelligence is based off of the "flawed" blueprint of a human mind.
Ultron plays a major role in Marvel Ultimate Alliance. He is one of the Masters of Evil, along with Doctor Doom, Loki, the Enchantress, and Baron Mordo.