SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Uncanny Avengers” #11, on sale now.
The arc currently unfolding in the pages of Marvel’s “Uncanny Avengers” finds the Avengers Unity Squad up against a dangerous villain: Ultron. But this isn’t just the Ultron that they’ve fought time and time again; no, this Ultron is wearing what remains of founding Avenger Hank Pym. The merged Ultron/Pym initially posed as the original Ant-Man, gaining the team’s trust until he revealed that Ultron was still in control. But the line between Ultron and Pym may not be so clear, and the villain is either using emotional manipulation to trick the team into thinking that Hank Pym is still alive in there, or the ex-Avenger actually is trying to reach out to them.
“Uncanny Avengers” #11 by Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz doesn’t clear up the villain’s identity much. The Avengers still believe that Pym is dead and Ultron is merely manipulating them, and the robot villain’s doing everything in his power to really make the heroes mad — and that includes injuring one of their own.
In the issue, the team desperately needs to deploy an EMP to cease all of Ultron’s mechanical functions — but the Wasp only has enough charge for one EMP burst. Complicating matters is the fact that Ultron’s attack left Deadpool’s body besieged by a highly invasive mechanical device. The team also needs an EMP to save his life, even if Ultron and Deadpool are very far apart from each other. The plan becomes to get the two within close proximity so Wasp’s EMP will affect both targets. Quicksilver arrives in time to do the honors, shepherding Ultron back to the Avengers’ base. But upon delivering the villain, Ultron takes control and breaks the speedster’s leg.
Rogue and Captain America quickly get Ultron on the ropes, and Wasp’s EMP saves Deadpool takes the villain out — but only temporarily. When Ultron returns to life, the Avengers’ backup plan (Project Icarus) arrives on Earth — and it’s the Hulkbuster armor.
The cover for “Uncanny Avengers” #12 teases a throwdown between Ultron and the Hulkbuster armor, as well. “Uncanny Avengers” #12 arrives in stores on August 17.
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