I thought this kind of informative writing would be a door opener to fellow nerds. If you haven’t branched out and “met” a villain you loved to hate, maybe this will help!I first embraced villains as a young, messy haired girl of four. Speed Racer and Sailor Moon were watched almost 24/7 and let me tell you, Snake Oiler and Queen Beryl ruled my dreams. I don’t know if it was the kickass clothing or the devious way they held themelves that made them memorable.
Let’s start by defining what a “villain” is. Aw, who are we kiddin’, it’s the bad guy (or in the better story lines, IS it?)! I’ll begin with Marvel villains and I’ll dedicate this post to the lesser known Ultron and Apocalypse. My cohorts and I may post our faves every week so keep a lookout and let’s dive into the metal insanity that is Ultron.
Ultron is the creation of Henry Pym (also known as Ant Man)and gradually developes its intelligence to the point where it goes insane. Made from superior adamantium, Ultron is virtually indestructible. His various incarnations ranged from being “infected” with human emotion to creating Jocasta for a robotic bride. Currently known as Ultron Pym, it was banished to ultraspace where it hid its consciousness in an inert Galadorian Spaceknight that was reactivated on accident. An Age of Ultron is currenlty looming.
Ultron’s powers include superhuman levels of strength, speed, stamina, durability, reflexes, subsonic flight and various offensive weapons on top of being a superb roboticist and strategist. Good luck fighting THAT guy!
If you’d like to read a damn good story line with Ultron in it, check out the Siege event, especially issues #34-#37.
Best Ultron quote to date, IMO: “Hope is a human delusion.”
Merciless, and brutal, Apocalypse first arrived on the Marvel scene in the 1980′s, as the first mutant. Regardless of being over 5,000 years old, Apocalypse had alien technology that he used to his advantage to implement his “survival of the fittest” mentality, transform and enhance himself, and entered a state of suspended animation. Large, grey skinned and blue lipped, Apocalypse cuts an intimidating figure, especially when flanked by his Four Horsemen.
His mutant powers include shape-shifter on a molecular level, teleportation, immense strength, near invulnerability, rapid regeneration, energy absorption, and projection. He is resistant to telepathy and psychic attack, and may have limited telepathic and telekinetic capabilities of his own. Currently, Apocalypse has been reborn as a child in the new series Uncanny X-Force.
If you’d like to read a damn good story line with Apocalypse in it, check out the Age of Apocalypse mini series!
Best Apocalypse quote to date, IMO: Enjoy your small victory Xavier, for the Age of Apocalypse is nigh! *evil laughter*