James Spader has been cast as Ultron, read about it here. This news does not necessarily invalidate all the info below, but shows that, like in the comics, Ultron may go through many variations before coming to his ultimate state.
Yes, Ultron is going to be the main villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there is aspect of the character that will either blow your mind, or be completely obvious. This is big time SPOILER information, so if you don't want to know what it is then do not read ahead or watch the video below. I will tell you that none of this has been confirmed, but it really makes perfect sense to me, and I think it would be an awesome direction to take the franchise!
First of all watch this animatic storyboard sequence from The Avengers, featuring some ideas that weren't incorporated into the final cut of the film, but that hint at what could happen.
Did this little scene hint at JARVIS' future role in Avengers: Age of Ultron? He seemed pretty comfortable as a villain even though he was being manipulated by Loki. As we understand, Tony Stark will be the man behind creating Ultron, which could lead to JARVIS going to the dark side and actually end up becoming Ultron and taking on Stark and The Avengers.
This actually has been theorized by fans in the past, but Unleash The Fanboy claims to have asked a source at Disney about JARVIS, or a form of the AI software, becoming Ultron in the film, and this is what the source told them:
"That’s the plan so far from what I’ve heard. Obvious, isn’t it? "
It is pretty obvious, as JARVIS is the only AI in the Marvel universe, and I don't see why Stark would create another one. They then asked the source if Paul Bettany (The voice of JARVIS) would be back to reprise his role in the sequel, and this is what he said.
"He’s returning, but I’m not sure if they’re doing motion capture with him, or if they’ll use someone else. Since he’s only done voiceovers, the contract is new."
That's all the information they were able to pull out of the source, but I think JARVIS being Ultron makes perfect freakin' sense! The site then goes on to speculate a few other things that this could lead to, like Vision. Here's what they propose could happen:
Will Ultron be more than a simple robot? If Paul Bettany is, in fact, portraying the villain on the big screen, then I imagine Marvel would want to make good use of his handsome, marketable face. Could Ultron utilize a human visage… a ‘Vision’ for his public persona?
That may sound a bit far fetched, but considering Scarlet Witch’s involvement with the flick, and her comic book romance with The Vision (who is an android created by Ultron), it seems only natural that Marvel would use Paul Bettany for that role. After all, they’ve allowed Tony Stark to create Ultron for the sake of streamlining the narrative, which a Bettany Vision would accomplish. He can portray the main adamantium armored baddie through motion capture, and The Vision through with his normal pink fleshy self.
I think that theory also makes sense, but who knows what Whedon is really planning. In the comic, Ultron wants to kills his creator, Hank Pym, and run off with his wife, The Wasp. We could easily see something very similar happen with Tony and Pepper Potts. Ultron/JARVIS Ultron could try to kill Tony and marry Pepper.
Below you'll find a video explanation of this theory from Machinima, which is where I found out about this whole Ultron/JARVIS awesomeness in the first place.
What do you all think about the possibility that JARVIS could be Ultron?
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