Welcome to Wyld Theory, where I will make crazy, wYld predictions about current/upcoming stories and movies. Today’s post is about Marvel’s currently running “Age of Ultron.” Here is the solicit for the final issue, due out tomorrow.
“To save the Marvel Universe, Earth’s Mightiest made the most controversial decision of their lives resulting a disaster unlike any they’ve seen before,” reads Marvel’s release. “But with one final shot to make things right, can they turn back the hands of time and restore everything to its former glory? And if they can’t what happens next?! Age Of Ultron #10, by the jam packed, blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch, Carlos Pacheco, Brandon Peterson, Alex Maleev, Butch Guice, David Marquez and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, leaves no stone unturned and has an ending nobody can see coming!”
The story has been building towards…something. That’s the general consensus. At this point in the story (8 out of 10 issues in), we don’t even know what Ulton’s master plan is, short of killing most of humanity. But even with that, Marvel has been teasing the end with two big ideas. The first is the introduction of Angela, a former character from Image Comics, recently acquired by Marvel following a lengthy court battle between Image c0-founder Todd MacFarlane and writer Neil Gaiman.
And while Marvel has been ramping up the excitement of their next event, Infinity, just as Age of Ultron was launching, they have also started building up for the event after Infinity. It’s called “Hunger.”
Any Marvel fan who sees the color purple along with the word “hunger” can only think of one character: Galactus. Now, this isn’t theory anymore (Marvel has confirmed Galactus will be involved), but when it was first teased with no details, everyone knew that the world-devourer would factor into it. But a few days ago, Marvel released a teaser for Age of Ultron featuring Wolverine:
That is Wolverine, past, present and future. Except for the blonde one. That’s Wolverine’s son. In the Ultimate Universe.
So here is the WYLD THEORY:
Wolverine breaks time. It’s been strongly implied that this would happen, but no one suspected that it would also shatter the space between universes. Angela (already confirmed to be in issue 10) comes from the Image universe, the recently legally available Marvelman appears as well, along with an opening into the Ultimate Universe. Galactus isn’t just going for planets. He is going for entire universes.
I am not aware of where it was discussed, but I am sure that Galactus has seen his hunger ramped up before, so that isn’t too much of an original idea. But with the amount of effort Bendis has gone to point out that time and space are breaking, it seems obvious that it will factor into…something. Maybe not this story, but expect time to break very soon. But then we have TWO (2) characters that are from different universes used in promotional art. There is also David Marquez’s contribution to the series, as he is currently pencilling Ultimate Spider-Man (written by Bendis) and I am fairly certain that USM is Marquez’s only work with Marvel so far. Couple that with Peter Parker making contact with Miles Morales in the BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS-written Spider-Men series last year (setting a precedent for the Marvel U and Ultimate Marvel U making contact) and it seems obvious that there will be a meeting between the two worlds. Again, maybe not this story, but Marvel is planning on doing it.
Now, I’m not sure if this will play out the way I’m thinking. It could very well do so. But given the underwhelming execution of this story and the fever pitch excitement Marvel is expecting from the finale, Age of Ultron HAS to deliver something of this magnitude to save the series. If not, AoU is going to be remembered as a huge disappointment.