For the third season finale of Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, all Avengers assemble to fight Ultron and find a way to free the Inhumans and the world from his control. Can they do it? Find out after the jump in my review of “Civil War, Part 4: Avengers Revolution.”
Ultron is revealed as the true big bad of the animated Civil War and the Inhuman Wars, hiding behind the face of Truman Marsh all along. Personally I find it fitting that he is behind the mind-controlled Inhumans, because the first time I ever saw Ultron in the comics was at Quicksilver and Crystal’s wedding in Avengers #127, a crossover between the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the Inhumans. At least here, Ultron has a plan, and the story a plot.
Ultron begins his tirade with an explanation of how he’s still alive. We saw it back in “A Friend in Need,” but the Avengers themselves had no idea. Then as the Avengers Tower itself transforms into at least three giant Ultrons and the sky is filled with Ultrons flying with Falcon-ish wings, we know we’re in trouble, and the cry goes out for all Avengers to assemble. With an Inhuman army also at Ultron’s side, we’re going to need all the Avengers.
Fights of Fancy
After enlisting the help of Doctor Strange, Iron Man tries to track down the tech used in the registration discs. Maybe I’m mistaken, but wasn’t that handled in the last episode? As they do this, the Inhumans attack, giving us some brief but interesting match-ups in Captain Marvel vs. Gorgon, Hulk vs. Inferno calling back to “The Fall of Attilan,” and the Black Panther vs. Karnak. Unfortunately they can’t hold Gorgon and Karnak back from the lab.
It is a rare thing indeed when animation can illicit an emotional reaction, unless of course it’s a Studio Ghibli production, but here in the commercial cutaway of this act, I was not only worried, I was downright upset. Mad props to writer Danielle Wolff and director Tim Eldred for pulling this off. When Gorgon and Karnak make their way toward Iron Man about to free the Inhumans, I was about to plotz. Yeah, it was that good.
With the Inhumans’ power wrenched from his control, Ultron jumps up the pipeline to his final plan – destroy all life on Earth and remake the world in his own machine image – more in line with his comics appearances than those of his animated or cinematic versions. His reign starts with a new body, made from Wakandan vibranium. I was a little sad to see that the Dora Milaje had been defeated so easily and off-screen, but that was nothing compared to the now invulnerable Ultron.
Now the show moved once again into that rushed area I talked about last time. Suddenly Ultron is destroying all life in one fell swoop. It’s one thing to say it, it’s another to enact it. Are we really so disposable? No worries, justifiably the Vision manages to reverse the polarity and turn the death beam on Ultron. Just at the last moment however, Ultron leaps into Iron Man. Argh, will this never end?
Into the Dark Dimension
In his own words, Ultron says he is ‘home now’ from Iron Man’s armor. With rightful arrogance the villain gloats over his new body, as the Avengers won’t hurt Tony Stark, so now he truly is invincible. Luckily things are not as simple as it seems. Doctor Strange, forgotten for most of the episode, appears, and says he can push Iron Man into the Dark Dimension, giving Ultron nowhere to escape to. Of course it will trap Iron Man there as well. Without hesitation, and more importantly without much comment, they do it.
Tony makes the ultimate sacrifice as well as Tony Stark can, and the Avengers leave him there, swearing to find a way to bring him home soon. It seems too easy, as the Avengers rebuild, try to make the world live alongside the Inhumans as they build a New Attilan, and settle in a headquarters more like that of their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts. But here, in that warehouse outpost, they have Tony Stark as a disembodied voice for advice – convenient, but creepy.
Despite the fact that a disembodied Iron Man is theoretically the character’s status quo after the recently ended Civil War II, I’m fairly certain that Iron Man will be back to his old self at some point in the future when the series returns as Avengers: Secret Wars. Whether the heroes find a way to get him back right away or not, time will tell. I’m more worried about what form the Secret Wars part of the title will come about. The most recent incarnation in the comics was not a favorite of mine. And am I the only one who thinks putting Ultron in the same place as the Dread Dormammu is a bad idea?
This ending was not satisfactory, but despite some rushing through the details in the last two episodes, these four episodes together make for quite a story, and somewhat a fitting end to this season. I really would have rather had more existing characterization over the fighting and huge cast. You can see my reviews of the earlier episodes of the series here, and Civil War here, here and here. I look forward to more next season. What did you folks think?