Tony Stark is the Father of Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Tony Stark creates Ultron, but he isn’t J.A.R.V.I.S.

Ever since Ultron was announced as the villain in The Avengers sequel, people have been speculating who would create the sentient android in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Ant Man (Hank Pym/Scott Lang) won’t be introduced until after The Avengers sequel is in theaters, many people thought J.A.R.V.I.S. would be transformed into Ultron. That theory was tossed out when it was revealed that J.A.R.V.I.S. would actually become The Vision in the film, but it turns out Stark does create Ultron.

Entertainment Weekly unveils Ultron’s Origin in the film:

For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), his Tony Stark has devised a plan that won’t require him to put on the Iron Man suit anymore, and should allow Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk to get some much needed R&R as well. His solution is Ultron, self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.

The only problem? Ultron (played by James Spader through performance-capture technology) lacks the human touch, and his superior intellect quickly determines that life on Earth would go a lot smoother if he just got rid of Public Enemy No. 1: Human beings. “Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!’” Whedon says, rubbing his hands together.

“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker adds, and smiles thinly. “He wants to save us.”

So instead of J.A.R.V.I.S. becoming corrupt, Stark creates Ultron and then presumably gives J.A.R.V.I.S. a body in the form of The Vision.