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Reading Order

  • Age of Ultron #1
  • Age of Ultron #2
  • Fantastic Four #5AU
  • Age of Ultron #3
  • Superior Spider-Man #6AU
  • Age of Ultron #4
  • Ultron #1AU
  • Avengers Assemble #14AU
  • Age of Ultron #5
  • Age of Ultron #6
  • Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU
  • Age of Ultron #7
  • Avengers Assemble #15AU
  • Age of Ultron #8
  • Uncanny Avengers #8AU
  • Fearless Defenders #4AU
  • Age of Ultron #9
  • Age of Ultron #10
  • Age of Ultron #10A.I. (Epilogue)

Plot summary

Set in an apocalyptic future, Ultron has returned to earth, and ruined it, using his superior technology to enslave the mankind. Certain villains do as Ultron commands and get higher privileges but at the end of the day Ultron rules. Most of the heroes live underground whilst thinking of a way to rid the world of Ultron. Amongst these heroes are Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Man, and Emma Frost. Hawkeye is with them, but he's willing to go out into Ultron's world if it means saving his friends.

Detailed Plots

This is a detailed plot summary of the issues involved in this story arc, including tie-in issues, and is ordered from the Reading Order list.


Book One

Ultron has taken over the world, and left it in ruin, and in an apocalyptic state. Hawkeye is heading to a hideout that belongs to Hammerhead and Owl, and advises a girl to run away whilst heading there, killing many guards in the process. Hawkeye walks in on a couple of goons mistreating a woman, and tells them to leave her, eventually killing them. It’s not long before Hammerhead and Owl realise they have an intruder, and when they guess it’s an Avenger plan to sell him to the big guy (Ultron). Whilst going through more of their goons Hawkeye finally finds who he’s looking for, Spider-Man. Spider-Man has been tortured and can’t thank Hawkeye enough but Hammerhead and Owl blast in.

Suddenly a bunch of Ultron’s turn up, and demand that all humanoid life evacuate the premises. Owl and Hammerhead aren’t happy as they appeared to have a deal with Ultron, but that doesn’t stop them from attacking. Hawkeye manages to escape unnoticed with Spider-Man, but Hammerhead and Owl don’t appear to be as lucky.

After more thank you’s from Spider-Man, Hawkeye leads the way to an underground bunker where a group of heroes are hiding out. He is greeted abruptly by Luke Cage and She-Hulk who aren't happy to see them. Iron Man reluctantly uses tech to establish that they haven’t been infected by Ultron, but She-Hulk is still worried in case they were followed. Emma Frost however confirms that they weren't, and Hawkeye is surprised to be thanking her. Hawkeye, and Cage have a mild argument over how they should live, and Hawkeye is upset that the rest have given up. Iron Man explains that they have no plan, and when Hawkeye asks who’s fault that is, Iron Man says that Captain America is working on one, but Cap doesn't look to be coping well with the current situation.

Book Two

As Ultron’s are passing destroying things in their path Black Widow is attacked by a random man with a gun. The man keeps asking her to remove her hood, and show what she’s hiding. Black Widow removes the hood to show one eye badly disfigured, but the man still insists on trying to rob her. The man is however shot by Moon Knight, and he and Black Widow talk to each other through sign language with Black Widow stating that, “I had it,” and Moon Knight saying, “sure you did.”

As the Ultron’s continue to attack human that won’t submit Black Widow and Moon Knight enter one of Nick Fury's hidden hideouts, but due to entering at different points Black Widow almost attacks Moon Knight. They find out that the hideout was the one that Fury used during the Skrull Invasion (Secret Invasion). When Moon Knight asks if Ultron knows about this Black Widow says that Fury never wrote anything down, so there’d be no trail for Ultron to follow. Black Widow finishes by asking Moon Knight to help her destroy Ultron, which Moon Knight agrees to.

Meanwhile Spider-Man is in the underground hideout that is currently occupying 7,000 heroes. He reveals his name stating that secret identities don’t mean anything anymore. Whilst saying that he woke up one morning to find the world had gone to hell he’s asked about what he saw. A flash back shows Peter waking up and going through New York with flames around, and at the end of his recollection he asks if it was just in Manhattan. After finding out that the whole world is most likely under Ultron’s control Peter says that he’s happy he’s with them. Iron Man then asks how he got kidnapped and another small flashback shows how, with Peter mentioning that his Spider-Sense didn‘t even go off. After saying that Hammerhead and Owl were going to sell him to Ultron Luke Cage asks why Ultron needed them to do that, and not just take him himself. After being told by Iron Man that the plan was to survive, Peter says that that’s not something, until Captain America comes in stating that they finally have a plan.

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Invisible Woman (Sue Storm) puts Franklin to bed saying that everything will be okay, before getting summoned by Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards).

Franklin then wakes up to a screaming Val who’s watching a message from the Fantastic Four which says that something has gone catastrophically wrong.

The Fantastic Four return to Earth hearing that it’s been attacked by Ultron after hearing from Black Panther that it’s the end of the World. They arrive on Earth to find Medusa dead, and Sue is frantic about finding the children, but when they go deeper into the rubble they’re attacked by Ultron's.

Franklin and Val continue listening to the message, with Human Torch (Johnny Storm) telling them that death isn't the end.

Johnny goes head first into the Ultron's in what Sue classes as suicide, whilst Thing (Ben Grim) helps smash a way out, but before being able to escape Johnny dies.

Franklin and Val continue to listen to the message this time with Ben telling them that he feels responsible for why Doctor Doom is evil having been a jerk to him when younger.

After escaping Ben sees Doom’s cape and assumes he’s behind it, but when the figure turns and removes Doom’s mask it is revealed to be an Ultron who states that Doom fell, and attack Ben, killing him.

Franklin and Val continue listening to the tape and Reed tells them that cause he’s a man of science he doesn't believe in hell, and that how does a father say goodbye to his children (all written on cards).

Reed tells Sue to run whilst containing many Ultron's, but although Sue escapes the Ultron's self destruct killing Reed. Sue is then found in the rubble by She-Hulk tells her that they've lost everything, which Sue disagrees with (whilst looking into the sky).

After the message is finished Val wonders why there wasn't one from their mum, Sue, to which Franklin replies that there was, where she said they’d see her again, and not to worry. The holographic device that showed the message then reverts back to Reed giving them their lesson with Val asking Franklin about what they’ll do now.

Book Three

Luke Cage and She-Hulk argue over who’s going to do a certain thing, that cultivates in Luke punching She-Hulk and carrying her over his shoulder.

An hour earlier the superheroes in the underground bunker are discussing, and reminiscing over lost allies before Captain America comes up with a plan that involves selling one of them to Ultron. During this Tony goes on to discus why Ultron would bargain for super people, and during that Hawkeye argues that it’s all Hank Pym's fault for creating Ultron in the first place. After deciding that selling one of them to Ultron is the only plan they have Luke and She-Hulk argue over why they should be the one to be sold, with She-Hulk getting to be sold, but Luke says that he’ll be the seller then. Wolverine argues that he should be the seller, but Cap argues that he’s much more value to Ultron and that Ultron would strip him down for his Adamantium to use as parts. After this Cap decides that the rest of the heroes will be moving to the mutate village in the Savage Land. The issue then jumps back to Luke carrying She-Hulk and taking her to Ultron’s.

Red Hulk (Thunderbolt Ross), along with Taskmaster, and Black Panther spying on a bunch of Ultron’s. Red Hulk jumps into gear smashing one of the Ultron’s and ripping it’s head off, but is attacked straight away. He throws the head to Black Panther, and Black Panther and Taskmaster run off, after Red Hulk tells them to. Black Panther and Taskmaster are however caught in a blast and after checking for a pulse Taskmaster leaves with the head realising that Black Panther is dead.

Luke is brought by the Ultron’s to a highly technological place where he finds to his surprise that he isn't dealing with Ultron whilst selling She-Hulk, he’s dealing with Vision.

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Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus) reminisces over how he cheated death and became Spider-Man taking over Peter Parker’s body when he is visited by Iron Man, who feels somewhat responsible for this apocalypse, being the tech guy that let it happen. Iron Man tells Spider-Man that Horizon Labs is still intact and that he can get him tech that Max Modell had at Horizon to send Ultron to The Negative Zone, adding that the plan that Luke’s teams working on is grasping at straws (see Age of Ultron #3 for that plan). Spider-Man tells Iron Man that this is still not a forgone conclusion, but agrees to help.

With the help of Quicksilver Spider-Man travels to Horizon Labs where he works on a plan. He is attacked by Ultron’s but is able to get his Spider-bots to attach to them and put them under his control, with them sprouting tentacles like he had whilst Doc Ock. This however doesn't go to plan and the Ultron's regain control with Spider-Man having to go to the original plan of getting the device to send them to the Negative Zone, but the device is destroyed by the Ultron's before he gets chance to use it.

Spider-Man manages to get into an underground passage where he meets Iron Man and Quicksilver telling them that he’d failed, but Iron Man consoles him saying that it’s okay. Spider-Man then thinks that death is trying to get him, but that with the people that he’s with that he’ll defeat death.

Book Four

Surviving Heroes

  • Beast
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Doctor Strange
  • Emma Frost
  • Hawkeye
  • Human Torch
  • Invisible Woman
  • Iron Fist
  • Iron Man
  • Ka-Zar
  • Luke Cage
  • Monica Rambeau
  • Moon Knight
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Quake
  • Quicksilver
  • Red Hulk
  • She-Hulk
  • Spider-Man (Octavius)
  • Storm
  • Taskmaster
  • Thing
  • Valkyrie
  • Wolverine

Surviving Villains

  • Hammerhead
  • Owl
  • Ultron
  • Vision

Other Survivors

  • Franklin Richards
  • Valeria Richards

Related Issues

  • Avengers #12.1