You unlock this article with the click of curiosity. Inside it is another dimension. A dimension of wrongs, a dimension of rights. A dimension of words. You’re reading into an article of both emptiness and substance, of comic books and movies, you’ve just crossed over into the “What-if Zone.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron was a movie released earlier this year and turned out to be a little disappointing, to say the least. This article isn’t about that though — this is the “What-if Zone.” What if movie Ultron had some semblance to the comic version that they are based on? What if Black Widow and the Hulk didn’t have a forced pickle-filled romance? “Why haven’t you brought me pictures of Spider-Man Parker?” These are the questions that will be answered. Well, the first question will be answered.
So the question is “What if Ultron was like the comic book counterpart?” Well besides the obvious fact that Hank Pym would be the one to create him, Ultron would be seen as an actual threat. In the comic book story “Age of Ultron,” Ultron had already taken over the world and killed plenty of people, superhero or not. Ultron’s abilities include, but are not limited to super strength, durability, absorbing energy, flying at super sonic speed — you know, the usual super death robot powers.
An important power was missing though, and that’s his Encephalo-Ray. Yeah, I know that name is a mouthful, but let me explain. Ultron’s Encephalo-Ray can be used to put someone into a death-like coma, meaning once it hits you, you’re out, which is a little too powerful. Something like that wouldn’t be easily resolved in the cinematic universe, so I understand why it was left out. He’s also made out of Adamantium and not Vibranium, but again it’s left out, perhaps to separate them from the Fox side of Marvel movies. With his true Adamantium body Ultron is basically indestructible and able to take on an entire team without much of a scratch on him.
Now, there is another power that stems out from the Encephalo-Ray, and that’s mind control. Ultron is actually able to use that ray to mind-control and implant hypnotic commands into people. This power not being included in the movie make Ultron out to be just another “filler big baddy” in a Marvel movie that reduced the villain to less than what Ultron should have been. He was able to take out the entire Avengers team single-handedly in the comic books, and was able to do so fairly easily. Ultron should have been a top contender in villainy but instead he was basically a secondary threat in his own movie, which is sad, but hey, I guess it happens.
Imagine if Ultron had implanted a hypnotic command into Scarlet Witch and made her think he was using her to mind control the Hulk and the rest of the team when it was really just him? Imagine if Ultron was actually shown to have even a fraction of the strength that his comic book version had? Would we still be disappointed in him? Or would we be satisfied? My guess is the latter.