At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Joss Whedon shocked the world when he revealed that the title of the next movie featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was titled ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’. Upon hearing that, many assumed that Ant-Man would be involved, but the director quickly squashed those rumors and declared that Hank Pym would not be the one to create the evil robot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So what does that mean for Edgar Wright’s Phase Three film, ‘Ant-Man’?
Earlier this month, we learned exclusively that Wright had never included Ultron in his movie. He was brief in his discussion of Pym and his creation then, but now he opens up to The Huffington Post and talks a bit more about why he didn’t include the villain:
“It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think ‘Iron Man’ is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.”
While it’s a bit of a bummer to learn that one of the biggest aspects of Pym’s character is being taken away from him in the transition into the Marvel movies, it’s good to hear that the Scientist Supreme is being handled with care. Just as Wright said, simple can be good when it comes to these kinds of films, so I’m curious to see what other aspects are highlighted in the film when it finally hits theaters.
Are you satisfied with Edgar Wright’s explanation regarding the omission of Ultron from Hank Pym’s movie mythology? Based on his comments on villains coming from the hero’s technology, do you have any new theories on who the villain will be in ‘Ant-Man’? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
‘Ant-Man’ is scheduled for a theatrical release on November 6, 2015.