Marvel Teases Return Of Age Of Ultron And Marvel Zombies Universes For Summer 2015 Crossover

By Connor Sears , Updated Oct 15, 2014 02:31 PM EDT

In a crossover that sounds like it was inspired by a 7-year-old's notebook doodles, Marvel will be pitting robots against zombies in a teased event comic. Bringing two popular universes back to the spotlight, Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies is set to drop in summer 2015.

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This week, Marvel teased the comic's cover, which shows Ultron's army of robots facing off against a collection of Marvel's most memorable heroes and villains as zombies.

Age of Ultron is a 2013 storyline that takes place in a sort of post-apocalyptic Earth where the incredibly powerful android Ultron has succeeded in conquering the planet. It's also worth mentioning that the upcoming sequel to The Avengers movie shares the same title with this storyline. Though the film's writers have said that the plot of the film will be a unique story separate from the original book, Ultron will still feature as the primary antagonist. No doubt this crossover event is at least partially meant to supplement the excitement that the movie will generate when it also releases next summer.

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The other universe present in this crossover, Marvel Zombies, began as a story element in Ultimate Fantastic Four in the mid-2000s before spinning off into its own book series. In the Marvel Zombies universe, all of Earth's Greatest Heroes have become infected with one of those undeath viruses that always seem to pop up in popular culture. Marvel's zombie virus acts in familiar ways: The disease is transferred through bites and anyone afflicted is struck with a gnawing hunger for non-infected flesh. The virus is strong, infecting those with healing abilities like Wolverine and non-human gods like Thor alike. Marvel's heroes retain their personality and powers while infected, though they begin to lose their faculties when their zombie hunger grows too great.

Robots cannot be harmed by the virus, though, so Ultron and his robotic armada will be free to take down as many Marvel Zombies as they can.

Both Age of Ultron and Marvel Zombies present interesting alternate universes where Marvel's greatest characters don't take familiar forms. Seeing which faction comes out on top should prove to be exciting.

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies is set to release in summer 2015.

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