Concept art for Age of Ultron has revealed that its titular villain originally had a much more uncanny valley appearance.
Artist Phil Saunders has revealed a few of his concept art for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The picture depicts the initial design of the villain, in which he plays a more human-like face.
This look brings the character closer to the uncanny valley, resulting in a more creepy look. In the final version of the film, The Ultron more closely resembles the original comic book layout.
Saunders captioned the picture, “Alternate take on Ultron’s Head from the Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He brought up the challenge of filling the robotic character with personality, saying that with this piece he was “exploring how to get expressions from overlapping panels.”
Ultron was originally created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema and was fully introduced in Avengers #55.
The role was significant in introducing Adamantium, which was later made famous by X-Men’s character Wolverine. Due to the limitations of the MCU, in Age of Ultron, he was given a radically different personality and origin story.
In the film, he was made by Tony Stark and made with vibranium, a different kind of fictional super-strong metal. The role was played by James Spader.