Ultron has been one of the most deadly villains the Avengers have faced since his introduction in “Avengers” #54 (July 1968). Created by founding Avenger Ant-Man, the metal clad artificial intelligence has wanted nothing more than to eradicate organic life on Earth. Every step of the way the Avengers have faced this foe and defeated him. But as Ultron looks to get more attention with summer 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” it is going to take an all-new team of Avengers from various times to defeat the menace.
Writer Al Ewing (“Mighty Avengers”) and illustrator Alan Davis (“Avengers: Prime”) have put together a team of Avengers from various times in Avenger history to combat the threat of Ultron in a three-part series to be released around the time of the next Avengers movie. The announcement of this team came courtesy of “The Hero Complex” on November 26, 2014. The series will be told in three over-sized issues from Marvel Comics, “Avengers: Ultron Forever” #1, “New Avengers: Ultron Forever” #2, and “Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever” #3.
This team will be assembled by Doctor Doom using his time platform to take the Avengers from their different places in history and thrust them into a future where Ultron has claimed victory. From the present day will be Avengers Black Widow, the Vision, and the current Thor who was introduced in October 2014. Joining these heroes will be classic versions of Thor, Hulk, and James Rhodes as Iron Man. A surprising member is the daughter of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Danielle Cage, as Captain America.
The title of the story, “Ultron Forever,” rings back to another classic story of the Avengers titled “Avengers Forever” by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, and Carlos Pacheco. In this story a team of time-tossed Avengers were assembled to fight the time-travelling villain Kang. The 12-part story has been at the top of most fans must-read list.
“Ultron Forever” begins in April 2015, but in honor of the announcement the Hollywood Comic Books Examiner looks back at the origins of this diverse team of heroes.
Little is known about the new Thor. She was introduced in the pages of “Thor” #1 (October 2014) by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman as being the person worthy to wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir when the original Thor became unworthy. Will we know more about this hero by the time “Ultron Forever” begins?
James Rhodes as Iron Man
Currently James Rhodes wears the armor colored in red, white and blue and calls himself the Iron Patriot. He is more commonly known as the hero War Machine, but he got his start as a hero when Tony Stark could not longer fulfill his duties as Iron Man and passed the armor to his longtime friend.
In “Iron Man” #170 (May 1983), James Rhodes donned the classic red and gold armor and became the second Iron Man. This was a big shift for Marvel Comics of the day and Rhodes would go on to play a large role in the “Secret Wars” event. For two years he was Iron Man and his popularity in the role has led him to take on his other armored identities.
Marvel’s super-spy the Black Widow, a former KGB agent who turned on the USSR to become a hero, has become a member of the Avengers. She got her debut as an enemy of Iron Man but those days are long behind her. Currently she headlines her own series, “Black Widow,” by Nathan Edmundson and Phil Noto.
The classic version of Thor in the pages of “Ultron Forever” will be from writer/artist Walter Simonson’s epic era of “Thor.” The armor he sports was a necessity to protect the God of Thunder after Hela placed a spell on him weakening his body. The design of the costume is epic and one that fans will appreciate seeing Alan Davis draw.
The “son” of Ultron has gone through many changes since his father reworked the body of the android Human Torch creating a new enemy for the Avengers. The Vision quickly shook off his father’s programming and became a hero much to Ultron’s chagrin. The two have tried to destroy each other on numerous occasions but neither has been successful.
Hulk as Avengers Founding Member
With his purple trunks and furrowed brow this version of the Hulk goes back to his earliest days as Marvel’s most misunderstood hero. The classic look represents co-creator Jack Kirby’s original design for the Green-Goliath. What we don’t know is if this is the Hulk that founded the Avengers or is it the Hulk who turned on the team when he felt they did not trust him.
Danielle Cage future Captain America
This is the most intriguing of the team assembled for “Ultron Forever.” Currently an infant in the Marvel Universe the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones grows up to be the Captain America of the future. The baby born in the pages of “The Pulse” #11 (November 2005) in a story by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, grows up to follow in her parents heroic shoes and picks up the guise of the most iconic hero the Marvel Universe has ever known.