The Marvel Universe has no shortage of impressive artificial intelligence, from the various AI programs that helped operate Iron Man’s armor to the ISAAC supercomputer that does virtually everything in Thanos’ homeworld, Titan. But which of all of Marvel’s AI characters is the most advanced?
Whether or not it is the most advanced remains to be seen Ultron is certainly one of the most formidable AI characters from Marvel. Developed in the comics by Hank Pym, Ultron quickly evolved beyond what its creator envisioned and rebelled. He became one of the Avengers’ greatest enemies. Ultron is usually in the shape of a humanoid robot with skills like super power, increased speed, durability, flight, and energy projection. Ultron can also create and control other robot bodies using what’s called hive-mind technology, essentially forming an army of Ultrons. in the Avengers Vol. 3 # 19Ultron uses his army to conquer an entire city. Ultron’s crush isn’t limited to other versions of itself, however. By doing Avengers: Fury of Ultron Ultron briefly took control of Titan’s ISAAC system, proving that it can adopt even the most advanced alien technology. In addition, Ultron is constantly improving and improving itself, making it a serious competitor to Marvel’s most advanced AI.
When Ultron is in the conversation Vision has to be too. Similar to the Avangers: Age of Ultron Film, Vision was created by Ultron as an instrument of vengeance on the Avengers, but just like Ultron turned on its creator, Vision turned Ultron on too. Using powers such as flight, energy projection, and density control, Vision helps the Avengers defeat Ultron, and not long after, he becomes romantically involved with the Scarlet Witch. The two eventually married in Giant Size Avengers # 4 and even having kids together through Wanda’s magic. Vision is certainly the most human of Marvel’s AI and Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta VisionHe showed that he was able to create other AIs of comparable sophistication, invalidating the assumption that Ultron must be superior simply because it created vision.
Ultron and Vision are some of the most advanced AI in the world, but humans aren’t the only race that created artificial intelligence in Marvel’s universe. The aliens known as Kree have an AI that is literally called the highest intelligencemade up of the brains of the brightest Kree in history. As Supreme Intelligence (also known as the Supremor) continued to assimilate the best Kree minds, it eventually developed a consciousness of its own – one so intelligent that it replaced the Kree government as a whole. With the Supreme Intelligence at the helm, the Kree made great strides, particularly when the Supremor used the Forever Crystal to evolve the Kree into a new breed called Ruul in the Avengers forever Series. With a limitless intellect, as well as psychic powers like telepathy and telekinesis, the Supreme Intelligence will be hard to beat.
Determining which of these AIs Marvels is most advanced depends on how “advanced” is defined. In terms of raw knowledge, Supreme Intelligence takes the cake as its only purpose is to gather information to improve the kree. However, vision is most similar to an actual living being, which could be said to be more advanced than just collecting data. Ultimately, Ultron likely deserves the title for its ability to evolve. Mark Waids Completely new, completely different Avengers showed that Vision has the ability to immortality, but because of his humanity, he remains a single, recognizable being for the rest of his life. In contrast, Mark Millar continues to run Fantastic Four revealed a future where Ultron is not just a hero, but a new way of life more akin to a society than a person. With enough time the highest intelligence collects more perspectives that Vision endures, but Ultron is the AI that goes beyond what anyone thought was possible.