Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, recently spoke to SFX Magazine regarding the highly-anticipated sequel to Avengers—Avengers: Age of Ultron (after the jump).
Feige discussed why Ultron was chosen as the film’s chief baddie, plus what the studio wants to accomplish with this sequel, and how to introduce Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
The Marvel Studios chief started with the reasoning behind Ultron:
Joss Whedon had a great idea for the character and how to use him to unify the Avengers again and acquire their services once more. He was a favorite. Joss and I were on the production of the first Avengers movie and we started having conversations about Ultron, and how he could come about and how we could adapt his origin to the continuity of the cinematic universe. It literally was just little discussions between takes but thankfully Joss files all that kind of stuff away in his brain. Then when the time arrived, he started outing it, so he went back to that and built a very good story.
Since the title of the Avengers sequel was first revealed, fans have wondered if THIS Age of Ultron has any connection to the comic book series of the same name–in the manner that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film is directly inspired by the comic miniseries.
In the case of the second Avengers film, apparently the name is the only commonality between comic and film:
We didn’t want to merely have a ‘2’ after Avengers so we wanted to give it a subtitle. We have various things that we were looking at and Age of Ultron – which just happened to be a the name of a comic book series as well – was our favorite.
Feige also spoke on the casting of James Spader:
I first met James Spader two or three years ago. I thought it would be great to have him in our universe and we finally found the right role with Joss’s version of Ultron.
And finally: With the addition of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Feige is asked what he thinks about the idea that the new film might be a little “protagonist-heavy”:
It’s always a balance with any movie, not to overwhelm it with too many story elements. Certainly when it comes to comic book movies, you can fall into the trap of having too many villains and in the case of team-based movies, having too many heroes. But what Joss has in mind to bring those characters into the story happens in a very natural fashion over the course of the story. It’s also the tradition of the Avengers to switch up the roster every now and again and to have new characters coming in. It’s just part of the fun, but we wouldn’t have included them if it had just been a case of ‘Oh, we want two new figures, two new costumes.’ It very much flows with the story that Joss is creating.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for theatrical release on May 1st, 2015.
Source: Geek Tyrant