In Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ultron turned part of Sokovia into a meteorite which he planned to use to cause humanity's extinction

My question is, what made him choose Sokovia as a location for this nefarious scheme? Is it because Baron von Strucker's HYDRA base was there? If this was mentioned in the film and I missed it, please forgive me.

  • I'm reasonably sure it was simply because the location was convenient. Ultron took over the Hydra base and conducted his operations from there.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 16:56
  • @Richard: I thought you had said (in a question a couple of months ago) that it was because of the exotic metals under the city, which were necessary to turn a city-destroying asteroid strike into a world-destroying explosion? Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 21:46
  • @HarryJohnston - I thought so originally. On reflection, it seems like Ultron buries vibranium throughout the city's foundations. That's what Thor and Iron Man cause to explode by backing up the engine.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 21:51
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    He knew that the country was fictional and thus he wouldn't be pissing anyone off. Commented May 2, 2016 at 14:29

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He wanted access to Hydra's experiments

From the junior novelization of Age of Ultron:

The twins went back with Ultron to Strucker’s fortress, where they were astonished to see many more robots, all refining various experiments Strucker had been working on.

One such experiment might have been related to the synthezoid body that Ultron made, which ultimately became the Vision. This was a high priority for him, so it would make sense that he would want to search through what Hydra knew about it.

“You look like Strucker’s robotic experiments,” said Pietro. “But they didn’t work.”

“Not for him, they didn’t,” Ultron acknowledged. “Strucker had the engine, but not the spark.”


He needed the resources

Ultron drones in the lab

I believe after exhausting/discarding the peacekeeping bots, he needed somewhere to

1. Manufacture enough drones.
2. Create his faux-asteroid; a fauxsteroid, with which he intended to destroy humanity

He was unable to do point 2. From a decentralised location as

JARVIS was blocking his access to the nuclear launch codes.

Not only does the good Baron's lab have advanced Hydra technology, I also think it's got Chitauri tech from the first film.

No where else offers that in such a secluded location, in such an easily overlooked country.

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