What if…? 9 cruelest things Ultron did with the Infinity Stones
Warning: The following contains spoilers for What if …? Season 1, Episode 8 “What if … Ultron wins?” Streaming now on Disney +.
What if…? is an imaginative journey that creatively explores and explores the endless possibilities of the multiverse. The final two episodes of the first season focus on what would have happened if Ultron had found and inhabited the ship and body instead of Vision, thereby taking control of the Mind Stone.
The events that occur see Ultron overtake Thanos in terms of threat level, especially given his goal of completely eradicating humanity in the name of peace, compared to Thanos’ half-and-half ideals. It turns out that the Infinity Stones in possession of an endemic AI bent on destroying worlds and universes are worse than any threats they’ve faced before.
9 Ultron in possession of the Spirit Stone immediately dispatched the Avengers
In this alternate timeline where Ultron takes control of the Mind Stone, his unstoppable anger and power begins by wiping out the bulk of the Avengers, with the Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man in particular being shown falling under the new AI power.
A previous shot shows more members in the room, implying that every member of the Avengers from Age of Ultron, was wiped out in one fell swoop. Ultron was a villain and a pretty tough opponent for the Avengers anyway, but the Mind Stone turned him into an unstoppable force.
8 After the Avengers disappeared, Ultron was free to use the Mind Stone and unleash all of Earth’s nukes
Simultaneously with the destruction of the Avengers in this particular timeline, Ultron coordinated the launch of Earth’s entire arsenal of nukes, tearing the world apart with utter destruction.
All of this with a single Infinity Stone in his possession. The immediate elimination of the Avengers left no hope of stopping the nuclear destruction of Earth, and the fact that there was no Vision to outsmart Ultron in this universe, was simply the nail in the coffin for fate. of the Earth and of humanity.
7 Ultron easily took down Thanos in a brutal way
As Ultron watches and admires the decimation of Earth, Thanos shows up in search of the Mind Stone, the last stone he needs to complete the Infinity Gauntlet. Incredibly, Ultron simply immediately kills him using his new destructive force, before Thanos even has time to activate any of his own powers to prevent or alter what is happening.
Thanos effectively brought the Infinity Gauntlet with most of the work already done, straight to an already powerful AI, given Ultron’s full set and new level of power. While this version of Thanos does not elicit the sympathy of viewers like the Ravager version shown earlier in the series, its immediate annihilation was shocking, certainly a ruthless and cruel gesture from Ultron.
6 Ultron’s use and abuse of the Reality Stone has spawned a seemingly endless supply of Sentinels
With Ultron owning the full set of Infinity Stones, he uses the Reality Stone to form a huge army of sentries to operate across the far reaches of the universe, for even with all of his power, he still can’t be everywhere at home. times .
These sentries nearly smothered humanity’s last hope, Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton, the only known survivors of the nuclear holocaust, who are working in an almost post-apocalyptic version of Earth, as they make their way to headquarters of the KGB to find information on Ultron’s defeat. The sheer volume of Sentinels causes Clint to take upon himself the ultimate sacrifice by eliminating several and allowing Natasha to escape with the hope of humanity. Ultron’s army of sentries aided Ultron in committing many atrocities and also committed others in his absence.
5 Ultron wiped out all the planets in his universe
What follows is that Ultron ruthlessly traverses and destroys planets with continuous effort. Starting with Asgard and moving up to Sovereign, Sakaar, and Ego, the rest of the planets in this timeline and the remaining heroes, including the guardians of the galaxy, are systematically annihilated and eliminated.
Ultron and his use of the Stones make everything Thanos achieved in the initial timeline seem almost trivial and irrelevant in comparison, with Ultron moving closer to his goal of peace from total universal destruction.
4 Even Captain Marvel’s best efforts were immediately undone by the power of the stones
Ultron faces his first real test of his universal conquest when he meets Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, during his invasion and annihilation of Xandar. Danvers immediately drives Ultron to the planetary core, with the goal of destroying Ultron entirely.
However, owning the fully equipped Infinity Gauntlet is often seen as allowing the user to cheat Death if they so choose, and Ultron is able to undo all of Captain Marvel’s hard work and eliminate him in a single movement, subsequently destroying Xandar and completing his universal conquest.
3 Ultron’s hunger for conquest led him to notice the Watcher and infiltrate the realms of the multiverse
Ultron’s rapid rise to power and the subsequent annihilation of life in this universe quickly changes from a brief moment of peace to dissatisfaction with having nothing more to conquer. As Uatu, the Watcher, continues to relate, Ultron’s heightened power with the absence of other beings allows him to sense the Watcher.
With him instantly realizing that this means there are more universes to conquer, Ultron’s thirst for ultimate power is rekindled again and he hunts the Watcher, seeking a way to break through the multiverse. He eventually manages to break through, leading to a fight with the Watcher, who sees them travel through multiple universes and timelines.
2 Ultron made the watcher question himself and break his oath
While the Watcher can barely stand up to Ultron’s supreme power, Ultron tries to hurt him mentally by blaming the Watcher, “All these worlds, all this suffering and you just watched.”
The Watcher was simply doing his job, obeying and honoring his oath not to interfere, but Ultron managed to pass, casting doubt and guilt on him, in an act of cruelty that wasn’t purely physical destruction for once. . The Observer must eventually retreat, and he escapes into Doctor Strange Supreme’s prison, joining him and breaking his oath. This leads him to bring together the heroes of the previous episodes of What if?, preparing them for the final fight against Ultron.
1 Ultron has reached unfathomable heights and power beyond the beholder
Ultron’s new position and obsession with the multiverse grew in the Observer’s absence at his post, meaning his power had elevated him to a position where he was essentially the Observer himself. . It was the culmination of all his efforts in universal and multiversal domination, annihilating almost anyone who had ever opposed him.
This new power of observation is ultimately used against him in Episode 9, to draw him to the Guardians of the Multiverse, Thor catching his attention with an extraordinary amount of thunder. However, it was still an immensely cruel application of power, being able to look at everything and impact it at will.
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