Helen Cho

Helen ChoTime for another unexpected character, as Kim Soo Hyun‘s mysterious role in Avengers: Age of Ultron has been revealed: she will portray Helen Cho, a name pretty familiar to the comics readers. In the movie, Helen will be a Korean geneticist, a friend and colleague to Tony Stark and Bruce Banner; she’s contacted by the two scientists while she’s in Seoul researching, and will join them in the Avengers Tower just in time to witness the robotic artificial intelligence Ultron interrupting the heroes’ party. Nothing else is known about the character so far, not even (and that’s probably what the readers want to know the most) if other members of her family are featured in the movie. Helen Cho, in fact, is pretty much a secondary character in the comics, and dies after a single issue…her son is something else entirely. But let’s see together.

Not much is known about Helen’s early life, not even her maiden name. She was born in South Korea, where she met the man she would have fallen in love with, Philip Cho. The two of them got enganged, and eventually got married. When Philip found a job in the United States, Helen accepted to follow him, and the two moved together to Arizona. They bought a house in Tucson, and integrated well with the already existing communtiy. Helen and Philip had quite a passion for historical names, something they showed the moment they had to name their two helenchocomics1children: Helen had from Philip a son, Amadeus, named after the composer Mozart, and a daughter, Madame Curie, called Maddie for short. The Chos lived a normal and happy life, but Amadeus showed from his very childhood that he was different: he was incredibly smart for such a young boy, and learnt a lot of things by himself, becoming highly cultured and increasing his already remarkable intelligence. Helen supported his genius son, and tried to go along with his talent. The more Amadeus grew up, the more his parents realised he was a genius. When the boy was fifteen years old, the Excello, a soap corporation, announced an online game to reward young geniuses, a quiz show named Brain Fight. Amadeus participated, and he easily won the 5,000$ reward, placing first. Helen and Philip of course were happy for their son’s results, but they didn’t know this was just the beginning of the end for their family.

The person who had organized Brain Fight, in fact, was another genius and former child prodigy, Pythagoras Dupree, whose real aim was to search the world for other people whose intellect might rival his own…and to eliminate them as unwanted rivals. By winning his game, Amadeus Cho had been awarded with the title of Mastermind Excello and the position of “7th Smartest Man in the World” (Pythagoras, by his own claim, was the 6th), and that was more than enough a reason to be killed. Dupree had his men attack Amadeus’ house, and in the following explosion, Helen and her husband got killed. Being dead wasn’t much of a problem for a caring mother, and she kept watching over her son from the afterlife. Of course, since she was dead, Helen would have helenchocomics2never been able to meet him until he reached her…or that is what would have happened under normal circumstances. Living his life, Amadeus became the best friend of the Greek demigod Hercules, and accompanied him in many of his adventures: during a mission to save Zeus from the Underworld, while Hercules battled hordes of vengeful enemies in Tartaros, Amadeus ended up in the Elysian Fields (the Greek version of Heaven), where he met his parents again. Before he could finish apologizing for having “caused” their death by winning Brain Fight, Helen and Philip interrupted him and hugged him, happy and proud of what their son had become. Before he could come back to Earth, however, Helen told Amadeus something he didn’t now yet: Maddy didn’t die in the explosion, and was still alive, taken by the Excello and kept somewhere, needing his help. She would have watched over her children from the Elysian Fields, but she couldn’t have done much else: it was up to Amadeus to make things right, and to reunite what remained of ther family.

Helen Cho is a perfectly normal woman, a loving mother and wife who cares most of all of her family. She’s quite cultured, as the names she and her husband chose for their children demonstrate, even if she can’t obviously be compared to Amadeus. Where the world sees an unmatched genius, however, she only sees her sweet son, and only with her mother’s heart she can see the scared kid hidden behind a brain everyone else fears.

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  1. […] son of Korean immigrants Phil and Helen Cho, Amadeus Cho was born in Tucson, Arizona. Since his very first years, Amadeus proved to be an […]


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