Avengers: Age of Ultron movie can’t improve on Avengers #57

by CJ Wheeler

Avengers 2 is officially Age of Ultron, not Age of Thanos. What a surprise.

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The choice for Avengers 2 villain was only ever between these guys.

As you’ve probably heard by now, the second Avengers movie is subtitled Age of Ultron. In the words of Brian Bendis — woof.

It was pretty clear that Thanos (‘Thanos who?’) would be a weird choice for the antagonist in a sequel, despite his post-credits appearance in the first movie. The Mad Titan isn’t exactly who springs to mind when someone asks you to name your top Avengers foe.

Kang obviously isn’t happening yet either. Thor only knows why. Kang/Immortus IS the Avengers’ archnemesis. No, Korvac doesn’t count for the same reason Doomsday isn’t Superman’s ultimate enemy.

I’m annoyed Avengers 2 won’t be menaced by Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil, as that could have been interesting, but… meh. Marvel movies are about played out for me now after the embarrassing midlife-crisis mess of Iron Man 3. That’s why you leave action movies to the OAPs these days, Shane.

Anyway, here’s Ultron’s finest hour from the end of Roy Thomas and John Buscema’s Avengers #57 way back in 1968. Entitled “Behold… The Vision!”, the tale was recently voted sixth on Comic Book Resources’ 50 Greatest Avengers Stories Ever Told list.

In the ish, the Avengers beat Ultron and saved his honorable android creation, Vision. Later, some kid finds the megalomaniac robot’s skull in a junkyard. This page is why I don’t really need to see a feature-length movie starring Ultron.

I read Avengers #57 in a tattered British reprint when I was seven years old, decades after it was published. For me, there’s nothing the second Avengers film could say that would improve on it. Penciled by one of the greatest artists ever to work in the discipline and set to Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s profound musing on fallen tyrants, Ozymandias, this single-page epilogue to Avengers #57 still stands up after nearly 50 years.

Cheers Roy, John and, uh, Percy.


Do you want to see Avengers: Age of Ultron draw on the comics or be something original? Comment below, over on Facebook or tweet @ComicBookNARC.

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