During Marvel Studios’ panel at this year’s Comic-Con, Joss Whedon shocked the world, including some of his own actors, when he announced that the sequel to the massively successful film ‘The Avengers’ would be titled ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’. After sharing a few details after stepping off the stage at Hall H, the filmmaker has since revealed that the raging robot wouldn’t be created by Hank Pym AKA Ant-Man, who will be getting his own movie thanks to Edgar Wright, and that he’s been thinking about Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even before he was hired by the company. Now, the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ creator opens up more about the next villain to step up against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the big screen.
While there’s over 45 years of history between Ultron and the Avengers, Whedon says in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he’s looking “to ground [the character] while still evoking that guy” that we’ve come to know in the comics. He goes on to speak generally about his Ultron and the various changes that would be made to the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe version:
“As a character I love [Ultron] because he’s so pissed off. I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it. He’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because, at some point, everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone who’s a witch.”
It was a given that this version of the mighty robot would be toned down a bit because if he was too powerful, then where’s the fun in putting him against these heroes? Sure, Ultron will be strong, but he won’t be as strong as he is in the comics and that’ll be a good thing for Whedon’s version. After all, good characters need to be human in order for the audience to relate to them, even the ones that aren’t exactly human.
What do you think of Joss Whedon’s description of his take on one of The Avengers’ greatest foes? Do you think that you’ll be satisfied with the movie version of Ultron? Sound off in the comments.
‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.