What If…?: Why Vision Ultron's Power Isn't a Plot Hole at All – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Viewers of What If…? have argued over a seeming multiversal story gaffe in the Disney+ series, but the show’s head writer has an explanation.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for What If…?, streaming now on Disney+.
When Ultron went rampaging across the multiverse in the recently concluded What If…? on Disney+, many viewers believed the Infinity Stones-powered AI shouldn’t have had that kind of power outside his own universe. But the series’ senior writer has explained why this isn’t actually a story gaffe at all.
“Just a reminder that Ultron is using the Infinity Stones to power himself (same universe being),” explained Executive Producer and senior writer A.C. Bradley on Twitter. “Also he’s legit punching across multiverses turning them into one messy universe soup.”
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Happy Monday! Just a reminder that Ultron is using the Infinity Stones to power himself (same universe being). Also he's legit punching across multiverses turning them into one messy universe soup. #Whatif #WhatifMarvel #WeDidOurHW #YouAreAllAmazing ♥️
In the series’ eighth episode “What If… Ultron Won?,” Ultron turned his attention to destroying all life across the multiverse, after killing everyone in his own world and subsequently discovering there were other universes beyond his own. The episode postulated an alternate outcome to 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, where the artificial intelligence took possession of Vision’s android body, per his original intent, and with it the Mind Stone that powered it. When Thanos arrived on Earth to retrieve the rest of the stones, as he did in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, Ultron acted quickly, killing Thanos and taking the rest of the stones for himself.
Marvel Studios’ preceding Disney+ series Loki, however, revealed the Infinity Stones were powerless within the realm of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), leading to fan speculation the stones only worked within the universe they originated from. Such a limitation has been put forth in Marvel’s comic continuity, but other instances in the comics have shown the collected stones to possess unlimited power in any realm or dimension.
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Bradley’s tweet essentially explains the stones power Ultron himself, and it’s therefore Ultron’s own power that has allowed him to wreak havoc across the multiverse, not the stones, and therefore sidesteps the issue of just where one universe’s Infinity Stones would have any power.
The Infinity Stones-powered Ultron was introduced in the cliffhanger ending of the show’s seventh episode, “What If… Thor Were an Only Child?” In the series’ final episode “What If… The Watcher Broke His Oath?,” the combined efforts of the Watcher-assembled Guardians of the Multiverse defeated Ultron thanks to implanting the digitized mind of Arnim Zola inside Ultron as a computer virus, which destroyed the AI’s own mind.
Season 1 of What If…? is currently available to watch on Disney+.
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