Age of Ultron

Psych Ward: Ultron

Can a therapist crack the code of the machine that hates all mankind.

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Captain Rogers,

As requested, in cooperation with Dr. Pym’s notes, I have done my best to evaluate the construct known as Ultron. As always, I must warn you that given that I have never met the subject in person, my observations are, at best, educated guesses and should not be concerned formal or verified. Nonetheless, I do hope this aids you in some way.

Ultron, the subject—which self-identifies as male—is an automaton—sometimes colloquially referred to as a robot or android. It was created by the Avenger known as Giant Man (Doctor Henry Pym) in the course of his experiments in robotics. He gained sentience far beyond Pym’s expectations and quickly chose to oppose his creator, his creator’s teammates, and, eventually, the whole of humanity.

Unlike some related successors, like the synthezoids Vision and Jocasta, Ultron has no desire to develop any kind of humanity within him, and has dedicated himself to the extermination of all aspects of organic life. That said the subject has exhibited some unmistakably human urges. For instance, his longstanding grudge against Pym, whom it calls father, is something that a creature without emotions would be incapable of maintaining. Additionally, he often takes the tone of an estranged son trying desperately to earn his father’s affections, or at least respect, by besting him in some contest. Recently, this “acting out”—if one can reduce numerous acts of murder and terrorism to such terminology—took an even stranger turn when Ultron took on the appearance of Janet Van Dyne, Pym’s ex-wife, during yet another attempt at world dominance/destruction.

Besides the subject’s ongoing feud with his creator, he has also shown a desire to connect with others like itself. Ultron is responsible for the creation of the aforementioned Vision and Jocasta as well as the more similarly minded Alkhema. These creations have seemed to be either motivated by want of family or friendship—as with Vision—or romance—in the case of Alkhema and Jocasta. In fact, the last time Pym and his creation battled, the doctor managed victory by promising Jocasta would be the subject’s bride. How this has actually translated into a relationship is unclear and Jocasta has declined to describe it with any level of detail.

However, there should be no mistake: Ultron hates the idea of humanity. It disgusts the subject and he is dedicated to our destruction. Although the Avengers have bested him numerous times, Ultron has shown the ability to constantly return in newer models with upgraded strengths. Weaknesses change and are reduced with every new incarnation. At this time, it appears the best that can be hoped for is the subject continued repeated destruction and vigilance for its reappearances.

For further information on the automaton, please consult with noted Ultron experts, Doctors Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch. On March 6 they release their newest scholarly piece on the subject, AGE OF ULTRON #1.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Practicum Trainee who currently provides therapy and outreach at a state university.

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