The big Avengers movie news at SDCC 2013 Saturday was Joss Whedon’s announcement of the new title for the Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ultron is a long time Avengers villain, one Whedon was “amazed” that some fans didn’t expect. Although the sequel has the same title of a storyline used in the comics, Whedon explains that this will be a different story and not a direct adaptation.
Check out the Marvel LIVE! video interview below and join me on the other side to discuss the major points.
Whedon talked about the title “Age of Ultron” and what fans can and can’t expect from the story:
Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.
Does this mean that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)will be the creator of Ultron and not Hank Pym? Will Ultron be an incarnation of the J.A.R.V.I.S. program gone bad? Throw in the armor making capabilities and you’ve got some serious problems on your hands. Whedon danced around it but just read between the lines:
We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.
For many fans, Whedon’s words about Hawkeye and the character’s role in Avengers: Age of Ultron is the best news. Many were disappointed, including Jeremy Renner, with the fact that Hawkeye spent the majority of The Avengers movie possessed by Loki. Whedon had this to say about Hawkeye’s screen time:
Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.
No Hank Pym though, I guess it makes sense considering that the Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie is scheduled for release after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Word is that both Hank Pym and Scott Lang (Who stole the Antman suit, then later became the hero.) will appear in the Antman movie. That doesn’t mean we might not get a glimpse of Pym in the Avengers sequel, and we can’t rule out a cameo or Easter egg.
When that teaser bit shown at the Marvel Panel that Whedon talks about in the beginning of the video hits the Internet, we’ll bring it to you here.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theater screens May 1st, 2015 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Mark Ruffalo.