The new Captain Marvel prelude comic has some MCU fans believing that the rogue Artificial Intelligence, which the earth’s mightiest heroes helped destroy at the end Avengers: Age of Ultron, might be making a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all. In fact, fans of the franchise have every reason to speculate Ultron’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe considering it wouldn’t be the first time a character has been brought back to life in the MCU after being presumed dead.
The new comic was released as a stepping stone for Captain Marvel’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and to inform the Marvel fandom about the whereabouts of Maria Hill and Nick Fury over the years. However, one particular scene from the new series has stood out to the Marvel fans, which shows Nick Fury stopping one of Ultron’s drones as it is crashing into the Heli carrier during the 2015 events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Ever since the release of the comic, theories have been cropping up about Ultron’s supposed return to the MCU. Many fans believe that since the scene in question has no relevance to Captain Marvel’s story arc, it is most likely an Easter egg for what’s to come. Ultron has been a recurring villain in the Marvel comics, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him reprise his role as the main antagonist opposite the Avengers in the upcoming movies.
Unlike the Ultron in the comics, which was created by Hank Pym, the MCU version of Ultron was Tony Stark’s creation. After Stark’s near death experience at the end of the first Avengers movie, Tony doubts the Avengers’ ability to protect the earth against cosmic threats, so he creates Ultron. Ultron was Stark’s vision of the Earth’s ultimate defender, created to protect Earth from imminent threats like the Chitauri. Powered by the Mind Stone and driven by his hatred for mankind, Ultron becomes rogue and plots to wipe out the entire human civilization.
Stark later discovered that the only way to defeat Ultron once and for all was to destroy every single piece of Ultron tech available, alluding to that fact that even if a single piece of Ultron technology survived, then Ultron has a good chance of returning. The Avengers defeated Ultron with help of Vision, but Sokovia was destroyed in the process.
In one of the vital scenes in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it is revealed to Peter Parker that Adrian Toomes, a man who operates an illegal black market in advanced and extra-terrestrial technology, had managed to procure the head of an Ultron drone. Many fan theories believe if he has the possession of one piece of Ultron’s drones, it is highly likely that he has managed to get his hands on other Ultron tech too. According to Stark, Ultron has the ability to jump networks and if Starks calculations are correct, the odds of Ultron’s returning are high!