AVENGERS: Who are the Villains in Age of Ultron?

AVENGERS: Who are the Villains in Age of Ultron?

2015 can't get here fast enough and the details we currently have about The Avengers: Age of Ultron are scarce. But from these pieces of information I have theorized who exactly will be the villains of AoU alongside Ultron.

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By AstonishingArachnid - 12/31/2013
We all know that the main villain of the highly anticipated sequel to the Avengers will be Ultron but we also know he will not be the only villain. In every marvel movie the main villain is accompanied by some form of accomplice. Red Skull and his HYDRA army, Loki and the Chitauri, Killian and the extremis soldiers and so on and so forth. Ultron’s accomplices could be anything from robotic drones to the Vision, but it seems that Marvel Studios is going for a very specific direction which is the Masters of Evil. Now a lot of speculation points towards to the Master of Evil or Thunderbolts in some form appearing in AoU, but that’s all it is right now speculation. But a lot of factors suggest that it is fact rather than fiction.

It has recently been revealed that Baron Von Strucker may be featuring at the beginning of the Avengers fighting against the already assembled team. So that’s one villain who seemingly has nothing to do with Ultron featuring in the movie. Baron Von Strucker is known as one of the leaders of HYDRA which is speculated to appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His appearance in AoU actually fits in with another theory of mine which is about the ending of TWS. My theory is that SHIELD and HYDRA have been working together but not towards world domination but to keep it safe from harm by using corrupt and unethical methods. This coincides with the plot synopsis which says that Cap is trying to uncover a conspiracy within SHIELD but is trying to be stopped by assassins. Maybe this secret was that SHIELD and HYDRA joined forces in order to protect the world from destruction. Upon finding this out Captain America recedes from SHIELD joined by Black Widow, Falcon and Hawkeye. They then decide to track down and recruit Thor, Iron Man and Hulk back into the team so they can fight against HYDRA and by extension SHIELD’s corrupt influence, operating out of Stark Tower. This would explain the Avengers already being assembled and fighting Hydra at the beginning of AoU as well as why Stark and Banner are together at the end of IM3 but not at the beginning of the movie. Then in the post credit scene Alexander Pierce would be discussing the issue of the rouge Avengers to his fellow World Security Council members. He says that he has a group of scientists (maybe Pym and Zola?) working on Phase 3 and is putting together a ‘response team’ to oppose the Avengers and show the world that they are in control and not the Avengers. It then shows the ‘response team’ which consists of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Crossbones, Abomination, Iron Patriot and lead by Baron Von Strucker. Phase 3 is referring to the ultimate form of defense against extraterrestrial and superhuman threats known as Ultron. You could have Ultron also be part of the response team and due to his AI and being exposed to so much violence concludes that humanity is flawed and is the cause of all suffering so to protect Earth as his initial mission states, he must eradicate humanity. Kind of like how he was in EMH.

I think this would be the best way to introduce the MoE, but I’m assuming that they won’t be called that maybe the Thunderbolts or Dark Avengers. I’m simply going by what has been confirmed by the MCU as we know that the Abomination was original considered for the Avengers initiative, we know Crossbones will make an appearance in AoU, we know Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch start of as villains, we know Rhodey will have a ‘big part’ in AoU and it has yet to be confirmed but rumored that Baron Strucker will show up in AoU. Now I know a lot of you may think that Iron Patriot being a villain is a very slim chance but he was technically one in IM2 and he has been show to serve his country before his friends on many occasions. Maybe this is such an occasion and he thinks he’s doing the right thing. Of course the lineup could change depending on which villains are introduced into Agents of SHIELD. Graviton could be a member if they down played his powers and Blizzard is being introduced, although I doubt he’s a suitable member due to his age.

Anyway I think this would be the best way to go about AoU and it would allow the team to fight something other than an endless horde of aliens/robots/soldiers. It’s something that hasn’t been done yet on the big screen with superheroes and it would also allow for an interesting way for Ultron to become corrupted. The first act could be used to introduce and develop Strucker, Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as IP, Crossbones and Abomination have all been introduced and developed. Then in the second act during the Avengers vs Thunderbolts fight have Ultron turn and murder one of the members then have Quicksilver, SW and IP join up with the Avengers to stop Ultron, while the rest of the Thunderbolts who are too selfish leave the problem to the Avengers. People may say well isn’t Ultron supposed to be personal to the avengers? How is he going to be personal if he only does something of interest and relevance in the second act? Well he could be created by using parts from Tony’s armors at the end of IM3, The Destroyer and HYDRA weapons, powered by a gamma reactor of Banner’s design and built by SHIELD which draws in the whole team in on a personal level.

I really hope that Marvel studios go the route of having team vs team aspect in AoU with Ultron being the big bad at the end. Alternatively Ultron could just assemble the Masters of Evil himself disguised as the Crimson Cowl and send them to fight the Avengers so he can register their moves and abilities allowing him to take them out easily and efficiently, but I like the prior idea better. Heck you could even tie it to Thanos revealing Robert Redfrod is the Red Skull who has been working for Thanos and is trying to destroy the Avengers so that the Earth is vulnerable for him to invade and claim an Infinity Stone. What do you guys think? Should this be the way Marvel Studios go?
Kong - 12/31/2013, 6:57 AM
Nice! I'd watch this movie!
TheOneAboveAll - 12/31/2013, 7:04 AM
@intruder that actually sounds very intriguing
Alphadog - 12/31/2013, 7:09 AM
I already wrote an article with what I thought would happen and it does have some similar ideas to this. I think that throughout the film there will be an organization (either Hydra, AIM or Zodiac) that will be the main threat. They will probably assemble a team like thunderbolts or whatever to battle Shield and The Avengers. I don't think that they will be the equivelent of the Masters of Evil though. It seems more likely to me that they will be the villains of Avengers 3 along with Kang maybe.
AstonishingArachnid - 12/31/2013, 7:14 AM
@Alphadog The villain of Avengers 3 is Thanos so that rules out Kang but the Masters of Evil could still be under his control.
GliderMan - 12/31/2013, 7:33 AM
Kill Black Widow. Oh God, just kill her, and get rid of Hawkeye.
Please. This is all I ask.
GliderMan - 12/31/2013, 7:34 AM
Remember that stone/rock thing that black elf used in Thor: The Dark World to turn into Kurse? Did that remind anyone else of Extremis?
GinjaNinja - 12/31/2013, 7:39 AM
As long as the movie has Vision in it I'm good
Alphadog - 12/31/2013, 8:07 AM
@GliderMan I think that that was just a coincidence.
@AstonishingArachnid There are so many reasons why Thanos won't be the villain of Avengers 3. For one, the cosmic world wouldn't be developed enough for them to do the infinity gauntlet. Second, Thanos is supposedly beeing hold out until the last film and the Avengers is already such a massive franchise that I don't think that Marvel would end the series with 3 films. Besides, there are so many big classic villains that they can still introduce like Masters of Evil and Kang that wouldn't have the same impact if they were introduced after Thanos. I've given many more reasons in other articles but i can't think of any right now.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/31/2013, 9:29 AM
Somebody said recently that Wanda and Pietro could be Strucker's children, who experimented on and they gained powers.
Inhuman - 12/31/2013, 10:29 AM
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be Inhumans but will have no idea who they really are and where they came from. You'll see the twins return in a Inhumans film to learn about their species and join the gang with Black Bolt. HYDRA will be the villains that hired Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch since they are an occult. I expect Tony Stark to be the one who created Ultron for the government since the government would rather have control over Ultron and send him out rather than send out the Avengers. Rhodey will be War Machine and a new member of the Avengers taking over Iron Man's spot since Tony retired for Pepper. Ultron's system will be corrupted by HYDRA and Ultron will start destroying the world. Tony feels responsible and comes out of retirement and puts on the suit and re joins the Avengers
JoJo1982 - 12/31/2013, 10:43 AM
This movie should a good 3 hrs long then

With a extended Blu ray DVD too

I really hope they push for good team vs bad team
CorndogBurglar - 12/31/2013, 11:12 AM
Making Hydra or AIM or some other organization have a big role would usurp the importance of Ultron. The entire movie is named after him. If he is created by Hydra or some other evil organization, then it would downplay his character because then he would just be a pawn.

The ONLY way it would work is if he was created by them, then quickly turned on, and decimated them.

ThePowerCosmic - 12/31/2013, 11:45 AM
I want the crimson cowl Ultron-5 to take over from the beginning decimate earths forces and slowly throughout the film we learn his origin and that Tony had a hand in creating him.

2015 will be the Age of Ultron!
MarkV - 12/31/2013, 12:38 PM
Some intriguing ideas.

I'm also hoping for Vision.
CharlesLord - 12/31/2013, 12:51 PM
wait....crossbones is confirmed to be appearing in AoU?
RetroFit - 12/31/2013, 2:00 PM
My hope is that Ultron shuts down one of SHIELD's supervillain prisons just so he can watch the Avengers in action so he can study them in order to create Vision to beat them. But Ultron will ultimately be beat by the Avengers and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Vision will either be turned or 'hexed' by Scarlet Witch allowing the team to beat down Ultron. Vision will then be a part of the intrigue at the start of the next movie. Is he good? Is he bad? Of course he turns good.
Namor - 12/31/2013, 2:05 PM
How do you guys know Crossbones will be in AOU?
Geotheleo - 12/31/2013, 2:42 PM
There are many other supers in the universe even by iron man 1,you hear Fury say to Tony that he's just become part of a bigger world... And we haven't even seen those other characters yet.
Lhornbk - 12/31/2013, 2:45 PM
I don't think it's been confirmed that Rhodey will be in AoU. Also, no, Pym is not gonna be a scientist working on Phase 3 (Ultron). Quite frankly, until we see TWS, there is no point in guessing at this stuff.
beane2099 - 12/31/2013, 6:27 PM
The actor playing Crossbones in Winter Soldier is also signed for Avengers 2. At least that's what was said when he was first announced for Winter Soldier. So I can see some of this being true.
MightyZeus - 12/31/2013, 11:08 PM
I speculate it's a team of villains working for or with Ultron to take down The Avengers. Ultron could be just using a team of villains to take down humanity there for he would be manipulating them for his own cause.
jimoakley666 - 1/1/2014, 4:46 AM
"maybe... Possibly..." I'll wait for real news, thanks.
NitPicker - 1/1/2014, 6:16 AM
Hopefully they won't refer to "The Masters of Evil" as "The Thunderbolts" or "The Dark Avengers". Those are 3 different teams that have different concepts and different stories. The stories would be ruined if they swapped names.
NitPicker - 1/1/2014, 6:50 AM

I think Kang would work better if he appeared in a movie after Thanos. With the use of time travel, Kang could be used to present a different type of challenge to The Avengers and he could be the catalyst for a Thunderbolts movie.

The way I see it, they should have Kang come to the present to battle The Avengers and during the battle The Avengers get sent to the future with Kang in a way that makes it seem as though they died. The possibilities of what they could do in a movie with The Avengers trapped in the future, trying to find a way to return to the past are unlimited.

Meanwhile in the present, with the apparent death of The Avengers, the citizens of the world are fearful of another attack from Thanos or some other alien, and are wondering who would protect them from such an attack. Then The Thunderbolts appear...

Obviously, when The Avengers return to the present, Avengers vs Thunderbolts.
MarvelNewbie - 1/1/2014, 7:49 AM
This article makes me think a lot. Interesting theory.
VisionaryNPA - 1/1/2014, 5:40 PM
@fangz There were talks of Ultron having different forms. Ultron 2, through 6. I believe he'll also have a humanoid form.
ELgUaSoN - 1/1/2014, 7:44 PM
blkchi - 1/2/2014, 12:01 AM
Great crossbones marvel give us the panther god
Liverpool4life - 1/4/2014, 10:57 AM
So much time left for speculation.

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