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In the future, The Avengers are dead and the one responsible, Ultron (voiced by Tom Kane), is in the process of completely dominating the planet. The only hope left for the world, are seemingly the children of the Avengers. Hidden away from Ultron and protected and raised by Iron Man (also voiced by Kane), they must band together and seek help from any other survivors, including The Hulk (Fred Tatasciore), before Ultron wipes them all out.

The film seems to be a semi-continuation of the Ultimate Avengers films, but with more references to the mainstream Marvel Universe. Arguably, it's a cross between Young Avengers, A-Next and What If? v2 #114 (the one where the Avengers had kids on Battleworld).



  • Adaptational Badass: Comics Ultron is no slouch, but this version is a Hero Killer on a grand scale, having killed the Avengers (and implied to have done the same to the rest of humanity's costumed heroes) and conquered Earth.
  • Adaptation Deviation: Ultron was created by Tony Stark rather than Hank Pym in this continuity.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played straight then subverted. The kids are the only ones able to save others from Ultrons since they're basically the only known living superheroes left aside from Iron Man and the Hulk. Subverted in that they absolutely need the Hulk's help to defeat Ultron, as they are horribly outgunned otherwise.
  • Amputation Stops Spread: Ultron has the ability to infect and control any technology he touches. When he goes up against Iron Man and manages to grab the shoulder guards, Tony discards them before the infection can compromise his entire suit.
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  • The Atoner: Tony Stark as become this since the beginning of the film, feeling immense guilt for building Ultron as a force for peaceful law and order and its subsequent betrayal as well as being unable to save Francis in time due to his armor being damaged during Ultron's destructive rampage.
  • Avengers, Assemble!:
    • Spoken by James at the end of the film.
    • A robotic variant also occurs when the Iron Avengers are activated.
  • Bad Future: By the time of the main story, Ultron has killed almost every hero on the planet and is very close to conquering the entire planet.
  • BFS: Toruun's is gigantic.
  • Big Bad: Ultron.
  • Break the Haughty: Torunn gets her ass handed to her pretty badly the first time she actually tries fighting the forces of evil. By the end of the film she's so freaked out by the experience that she is literally begging her father Thor to send her sword back to her.
  • Broad Strokes: The movie is a semi-continuation of the Ultimate Avengers films, what with Black Widow hooking up with Captain America and Henry Pym, Jr. apparently being part Asian like his mom, the Wasp. However, the costumes shown in the flashbacks look nothing like the Ultimate outfits, and Pym's whole existence is complicated by the fact that Giant-Man dies at the end of Ultimate Avengers 2, which doesn't fit given that he's the youngest of the kids.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Francis Barton.
  • The Chains of Commanding: The most plausible (ie. generous) explanation for Thor's absence during the Ultron crisis, who according to Tony Stark stated that ruling Asgard was his responsibility from then on after his father Odin had died, not Earth. Obviously the harsh decisions that come with leadership can take quite a toll.
  • Canon Immigrant:
  • Cranial Processing Unit: Vision becomes one of these after his body was heavily damaged while spying on Ultron for Tony to find a way of defeating him.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Ultron's base has a huge chamber full of glass cabinets, each holding a nameplate and remains of some hero's uniform.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Iron Man takes on Ultron to allow the kids to get away. He doesn't last too long before Ultron overpowers him.
    • The Hulk quite easily destroys Ultron in the last moments of the final battle.
  • Cute Bruiser: Torunn.
  • Dirty Coward: Thor comes off as this as he spends the whole film sitting it out on the sidelines to rule Asgard while his daughter remains trapped on Earth under Ultron's murderous regime.
  • Electric Black Guy: Azari
  • Embarrassing First Name: Francis Barton.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: Subverted with the Hulk. At first it seemed to be heading for this trope, though during the climax, he joins the fray and just simply spares the Avengers the trouble and destroys Ultron and the rest of the Iron Avengers for them.
  • The Heart: Ultron says Captain America was this to the original Avengers, which is why Ultron considered him the most dangerous of their ranks.
  • Hero Killer: Ultron, Up to Eleven; not only did he kill the Avengers, it's implied that, by the time of the movie, he's killed every single one of Earth's heroes, barring Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Vision.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Basically most of the original Avengers in the opening backstory (except Iron Man, The Vision and Thor) fought and were killed by Ultron in order to allow their children to be safely hidden away.
    • Toruun nearly dies trying to scatter Ultron's remains into space.
  • I Am Your Father: Tony Stark built Ultron in this story.
  • Jerkass: James starts out as one, but he gets better before too long.
  • Jerkass Gods: Thor comes across as appallingly cruel as he not only abandoned his Avenger friends and Earth (or Midgard to use Asgard lingo) to Ultron but also abandoned his young daughter to an Apocolyptic Earth ruled by Ultron in some weird, misguided attempt to teach her some humility.
    • Thor's jerkiness and general lack of heroism is probably due to the fact that this film was made and released in 2008 - the year Iron Man and Hulk both had big movies but Thor didn't.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Francis and James, the latter emphasizing the "heart of gold" part a bit more often than the former.
  • Kid Hero: If the poster and premise wasn't clear enough, virtually everyone important not named Tony Stark, Betty Ross, or Bruce Banner is a kid.
  • Last-Name Basis: Pym, first name Henry.
  • Legacy Character: All of the kids seem to become one of these at the end of the film.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Toruun pulls one when they reach Ultra City.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Azari's mother is strongly implied to be Storm from the X-Men, but we have no idea what happens to her (though considering the vast collection in Ultron's "trophy room", it's most likely she died fighting Ultron). Likewise, Toruun's mother is never seen and she only makes reference to her father (Thor) and the same is true of Francis Barton (though Word of God says his mother is Mockingbird). Considering that we know that Clint died, the same is likely of her.
    • Though it's obviously unconfirmed, Toruun's mother would more than likely be Sif as she was Thor's wife in the original Norse myths.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Iron Black Widow has a second pair of arms that allow her to quadruple-wield pistols.
  • My Fist Forgives You: Discussed when Francis, still angry about Tony having created Ultron, asks what his father would have done if they asked for his help Tony responds thusly:
    Tony: Clint? He'd punch me in the face, and then he'd help.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When Francis talks with James about why he decided to join them, the conversation ends with:
    Francis: Besides, anything to impress a girl right?
    James: Girl? Wait, you mean Toruun? Dude, she's like my sister!
    Francis: So, she's available then?
    James: No, she's not!
  • Mythology Gag: "Ultron... we would have words with thee." courtesy of Toruun - a reference to Thor's famous line from the Busiek / Perez Avengers run.
    • Francis claims that his dad always said the Hulk was the "Strongest one there was", a reference to the Hulk's iconic "Hulk is the strongest one there is!" Catchphrase.
    • Toruun wears a costume similar to that of Thor's from the Ultimate comics for most of the film before getting a more Asgardian looking one at the end.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The look on Tony's face when he sees that a "new energy signature" is heading towards the refuge makes it clear that he know exactly what is coming even before it's confirmed.
    • Toruun when she realizes she isn't as invulnerable as she thinks she is.
  • Old Superhero: Tony Stark and Bruce Banner/The Hulk have both become one.
  • No Indoor Voice: Though he doesn't yell, Pym is noticeable quite a bit louder than the other kids, even when they are supposed to be hiding.
  • No-Sell: When the kids catch Tony sneaking into a hidden lab with the Vision, all except Azari want to follow, and he tries to get the others to back down by using his Shock and Awe to intimidate them. Toruun steps forward and uses her sword to drain his lightning away, at which point he meekly goes along with them.
  • Papa Wolf: Tony becomes one of these when Ultron arrives to kill the children. First thing he does after ensuring that they have an escape route is donning on his Iron Man armor and using it to battle Ultron.
  • Parental Abandonment: This seems to be the case with Toruun and Thor, given that unlike the other Avengers, he never fought Ulton, as he left to rule Asgard after Odin died. Turns out the reason he left her on Earth was for her to learn the same thing he had to when his father was alive; how to be human. (Of course, never mind the problem with Thor's logic here that he did this to Toruun when she was still more or less a baby, while Thor himself was punished for his arrogance as an adult because his arrogance was causing genuine problems for Asgard.) After he explains this, she forgives him and Thor sends her back to Earth (with a new Asgardian costume to replace her Ultimate line costume), with the promise that she will always be welcome back at Asgard.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In a nod to the Ultimate Avengers films, Captain America and Black Widow fell in love.
  • Promotion to Parent: Playboy Tony Stark is unexpectedly saddled with guardianship of four children before the film begins, all things considered he did pretty well.
  • Relative Error: Francis' "anything to impress a girl" comment seems to imply that he thinks James has a thing for Torunn, though they're actually adoptive siblings.
  • Robot Me: Tony Stark seemingly built robot versions of the original Avengers with the intention of using them to one day fight Ultron. Although seeing as how Ultron appears to be a robot version of Iron Man but with a different head, it's possible they were all built together and then Ultron went bad.
  • Ship Tease: Francis and Toruun, especially with the former's flirting.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Arguably James, who seems to have inherited his dad's super-soldier abilities. Both his parents were super-soldiers, so it makes a kind of sense. Black Widow's is less powerful than Captain America's, but has the side effect of letting her remain young for an undefined period, similar to a healing factor. Certainly Azari, who's inherited lightning powers from his mother and the Black Panther line's agility and strength.
  • Team Dad: Tony Stark who raised the children of the Avengers to atone for creating Ultron.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Toruun is absolutely desperate for her very much absent father's approval. She gets it - but it's not very satisfying.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: When the gang infiltrates Ultron's base:
    Azari: There's no one here. Maybe Ultron assumed no one would be dumb enough to sneak in.
    Pym: HA! We showed him! We are dumb enough!
  • The Worf Effect: The Iron Avengers were made to fight Ultron, so he gets to show off his power by easily defeating all of them and turning them into his soldiers.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: When the movie talks about "The King finding his Queen", they show a lightning bolt symbol next to Black Panther's, and when he's presented to the people of Wakanda, his white-haired wife is shown from behind. Oh, and Azari has electrical powers. As they aren't using the X-Men trademark, they can't flat-out say that Azari's mother is Storm. But they certainly don't try very well to hide it.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Toruun talks in this when she remembers to, in order to sound Asgardian. Thor himself, however, doesn't.

Alternative Title(s): Next Avengers


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