Friday, 15 March 2013

Is Hank Pym Actually Ultron? in 'Age of Ultron'

Age of Ultron, the current big Marvel event running now. On CBR they are showing information on Issue five, which is half way through the run, but with no information as to why it happened etc. I spotted this image of Hank Pym on IGN, breaking out of an Ultron suit, but if you look at the reflections in the helmet, they look like other forms looking at him as he screams, possibly other Avengers?

The blurb to go with this issue, which is number ten, which is reported to be the final issue, that supposedly only three people at Marvel know the shock ending of goes something like this...

'Age Of Ultron #10A.I. MARK WAID (W) • ANDRE ARAUJO (A) Cover by SARA PICHELLI Variant cover by PAOLO RIVERA • 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! 32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+…$3.99'

So we all know it was Hank Pym who created Ultron in the first place, and if you read into the blurb, he has a major decision to make which will change his place in the Marvel 'U'.

Here's what I think...

I think Hank is responsible for Ultron, possibly the invasion, with his brain, and connection to Ultron, I think he will sacrifice himself to become Ultron, which Ultron has always wanted to be more sentient, more human if you like. There is a scene, in issue three where Red Hulk rips the head off of an Ultron robot, and it has a human spine. This leads you to think that Ultron has melded human and robot together, one step up from The Vision.

Add all this together and it leads me to believe Ultron and Hank Pym will become one and the same. Hank Pym will make the sacrifice hoping he can control the Ultron side and reverse the damage done to Earth by some sort of time travel. Evidence leaning towards this is also evident in issue nine where there's an image of Wolverine being skewered by Wolverine, but the Wolvie doing the job is wearing his very first costume, the yellow one he wore before joining the X-Men.

I could be wrong in all this but here's my guess...

Ultron invasion happens, Earth is under the rule of Ultron, Hank Pym becomes Ultron, heroes go back in time to stop Ultron, possibly sent back by Hank Pym, and finally Hank Pym/Ultron disappears into the time stream, and Earth is put right again.

Like all big Marvel events, heroes die or go bad, only to return at a later date to save the day, Captain America, Scott Lang as Ant Man, Wonder Man, Wasp, Vision, Peter Parker, oops, that hasn't happened yet, but we all know he'll take his body back. So the big sacrifice will be Hank Pym, and other heroes will also be affected in some way, Marvel have after all promised the Marvel Universe will be changed after this event. So we can be sure it's not an alternate universe story.

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