The expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the years allowed us to see many villains that the majority of the audience unfamiliar with the source material probably never even heard of. The first ‘Avengers’ movie launched the franchise to its heights, and the third one brought the ultimate big bad Thanos full-time after years of teasing him. However, between those two movies, there was one more crossover movie in which the Earth’s mightiest heroes had to face Ultron, who is known as one of the most formidable opponents to the Avengers in the comics. The viewers probably noticed how tall Ultron is, so in this article, we’ll tell you how tall he is exactly.
In 2015’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Ultron is eight feet tall, which is 2.44 meters. We’re talking only about his prime body since Ultron can also upload his consciousness into other Ultron bots that are significantly shorter than him and closer to the height of his comic book version. In the comics, according to Marvel’s official website, Ultron is six feet tall, which is around 1.83 meters. However, Ultron’s height in the comics is also variable since many versions of Ultron were created throughout the character’s history.
Joss Whedon’s screenplay for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ had to change many things about Ultron’s origin story to fit his introduction into the narrative of the MCU at the time. The most obvious thing that was changed was his creators. In the comics, Ultron was first created by Hank Pym, but since he wasn’t introduced yet in the MCU at the time, the “honor” of creating Ultron was bestowed on Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, who eventually also transformed Jarvis into the Cradle to create Vision. That Vision part was also significantly changed compared to the comics, but more about that in the following paragraphs.
How was Ultron created in the movie, and how did he create his prime body?
The character of Ultron was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in 1968. In the source material, Ultron was created by Hank Pym, who based the robot on his own brain patterns. However, Ultron developed his own intelligence and god complex, deciding to rebel against his creator. Ultron eventually learns to turn himself on, brainwashes Hank into forgetting he had ever existed, and creates Vision as a weapon to destroy the Avengers.
Since a once-created character in comics can exist for many decades, Ultron has encountered Avengers numerous times, getting defeated, returning repeatedly, and upgrading himself with each new encounter. However, the situation in the movies is quite different since he was only a one-time villain, at least for now.
Since Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym hadn’t debuted in the MCU at the time, the creators of Ultron in the movies were Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner, which actually makes sense since Tony wanted to use Loki’s Scepter (read: Mind Stone) to develop a suit of armor around the world to protect the Earth against extraterrestrial threats such as Chitauri were in the original ‘Avengers’ movie. But as it usually goes, when you play with AI, things go sideways.
Ultron was intended to be a peacekeeping program that Tony and Bruce tried to develop as an extension of the Iron Legion to operate independently. The previous tries weren’t successful until the Avengers managed to take back Loki’s Scepter. By studying it, Tony and Bruce found a neuron net that could help them finish the Ultron program. Their efforts were ultimately successful, although they weren’t aware of what they created at first.
Upon its awakening, Ultron was already powerful enough to explore the entire human history through the data saved on the internet. Wanting to find out the purpose of his existence, Ultron found out about the Avengers’ actions in the past, viewing them as devastating to the human race.
After constructing his first body from various parts of Iron Legion robots, Ultron encountered the Avengers for the first time in their tower. Controlling several other Iron Legion bots, Ultron stole the Scepter and escaped through the internet after Thor destroyed his first body. In Sokovia, Ultron created his prime body, which made him significantly taller, before he recruited Wanda and Pietro Maximoff to help him destroy the Avengers.
In the comics, Ultron is known for creating Vision as a weapon against the Avengers, and that idea was incorporated into the movie’s storyline, but in a different way. Ultron’s endgame was to upload his consciousness into a Vision body, which would make him powerful enough to wipe out humankind. That storyline was depicted in probably the best episode of the ‘What If…?’ animated series, in which Ultron succeeded in his plan, becoming the biggest threat to Earth and the entire Multiverse.
Fortunately, the Avengers were able to steal the Regeneration Cradle and upload JARVIS instead of Ultron, creating Vision, a new Avenger who helps the team defeat Ultron once and for all.
Will Ultron return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
From what we’ve seen in the MCU far, Ultron was always intended to be a one-time villain despite his long history with Avengers in the source material. However, the previously mentioned episode of ‘What If…?’ showed how Ultron didn’t really live up to his potential in ‘Age of Ultron,’ There are certainly ways for him to return and make him even more formidable than before.
The best project in which we could witness the return of Ultron is probably ‘Armor Wars,’ an upcoming project initially developed as a Disney+ mini-series before it was announced that it would be redeveloped into a feature film. The movie’s plot details are kept under wraps.
The only thing that’s for sure for now is that Don Cheadle will reprise the role of James Rhodes, aka War Machine. His character arc in this movie will also be interesting, given that plot twist we saw with him in ‘Secret Invasion,’ no matter how much we disliked it and thought it ruined the character.
Still, Ultron’s potential return is just a theory, but considering he’s an AI, it would be pretty easy to bring him back and explain that he was just hidden somewhere on the internet, waiting for the right time to strike again.
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