The Avengers Age of Ultron released world wide a few weeks ago, but in the US, it premiered this week. And with a lot of comic book based movies, buyers are discovery some really cool old comics. I put together a list of Keys for the Avengers AoU while doing my best to keep it spoiler free. I also included one comic I've heard a lot of speculation about that I didn't see any connection with in the movie.
Let's just jump right to the chase. This movie is about The Avengers and Ultron. No way around it. The two key's for Ultron are his 1st Cameo Appearance and 1st Full Appearance.
Ultron debut as the crimson cowl and goes on to have a cameo appearance as Ultron in Avengers 54.
The 1st full Appearance of Ultron is Avengers 55.
You can't have Ultron without having The Vision. These two issues especially are worth having because I believe the Vision is going to play a much larger role in future Marvel movies. I really enjoyed watching this character on screen and I think they were spot on the way they presented him. It was some of my favorite parts of the movie.
The 1st Appearance of The Vision is Avengers 57 . Not to mention it is an extremely cool classic cover.
The Origin of Vision was in Avengers 58. On a side note, it is the 2nd ever cover with the words “Avengers Assemble” on it.
Age of Ultron Series (2013) #1. You can't get a better namesake in a comic book for the movie than this.
You cannot have Ultron without having a lot of vibranium around. And what is the best way to do that? Why bring in Ulysses Klaw and let Andy Serkis play him. This may seem like a low level character, but I think it sets up nicely for the later release of the Black Panther movie. You will find all of this in Fantastic Four 53.
Next up, we have “The Twins”, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff as Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch. This is an interesting choice for a lot of reasons. First, Fox owns the movie rights to the X-Men, not Marvel. Second, while their First Appearance was in Uncanny X-Men 4, they quickly moved over to the early Avengers. Avengers 16 is the 1st Appearance of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch in the Avengers.
These first two shouldn't be too big of a surprise if you've seen any of the commercials. I have to say the Hulk Buster armor was way cooler in the movie than I expected. Get issues Iron Man 304 & Iron Man 305 for a memento of that glorious Hulk vs Iron Man battle.
Mark Ruffalo killed it again as Bruce Banner. The CGI killed it as the Hulk. The interaction between the Black Widow and The Hulk was captivating to watch and hit you right in the feels. Planet Hulk 88 & Planet Hulk 92 are a long shot and I won't go into a lot of details, but something tells me we haven't seen the last of our Green Friend, especially in his own movie. Marvel Phase 4, anyone?
This last one is the curve ball. A while back, Hot Topic pulled their variant cover of Star Wars due to an ad that was said to contain a spoiler. That ad had a Funko Pop Grey Hulk character. I think it would have been really cool to see Grey Hulk, but alas it did not happen. I'm calling this one busted!
Incredible Hulk 324, Gray Hulks First Appearance turned out to be unrelated to the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now the question you have to ask is why did Marvel pull the Star Wars issue with Grey Hulk on it? Could this be a spoiler for a movie way down the road? I keep wondering what to expect in Phase 4.
There you have it folks. Avengers: Age of Ultron was a cool movie and brought us several new and interesting characters. As always, I invite you to take a moment to leave your thoughts in our comments section.