Past Was Close Behind: Tony Stark's Age of Ultron Try-Out?

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today, based on another suggestion from reader Mark H., we take a look at an interesting precursor to Tony Stark's role in the hit film, Age of Ultron (plus a bit of a similarity to the Marvel comic book event, Age of Ultron).

The hit 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, finds Tony Stark working on a computerized global defense system, basically something that could defend the whole world. He dubbed it "Ultron." When he gained access to a powerful gem, he used it to give Ultron sentience.

Ultron then turned out to be bad news for the world, which is the point of the film. So Tony unwittingly created a computer system that almost destroyed the whole world.

Meanwhile, in the Marvel comic book crossover event, Age of Ultron, Ultron (who was invented by Hank Pym in the Marvel Universe) has taken over the world at some point in the future and went back in time and took over the world in the present, as well. Using Doctor Doom's Time Machine, Wolverine and Invisible Woman go back in time where Wolverine decides that he has to kill Hank Pym, and thus avoid the creation of Ultron...

When Wolveri e returns to the altered present, however, he learns that the world was even WORSE off without Hank Pym in it. So he fixes his original mistake (all the time-traveling, however, severely weakened Marvel's Multiverse, partially leading to the recent Secret Wars crossover).

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