“…last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”
Joss Whedon is admittedly “having a blast” playing around with the new villain for the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. While recently speaking with Empire magazine, he discussed not only the latest villain whom everybody’s favorite band of Marvel superheroes are facing off against, but also the overseas release dates (Marvel recently announced Avengers: Age of Ultron will get an earlier release of April 24, 2015, keeping with the recent trend of placing it ahead of the U.S. date) and also how the textures of the architecture in the United Kingdom are being emphasized during the filming of the biggest MCU sequel to date.
When talking about Ultron itself, Whedon had this to say:
“He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.”
Then the writer/director went on to describe how the look of the new Avengers film will be different from the first:
“The number of different looks and textures and moods we’re getting from the British locations is stupid awesome. Because this, palette-wise, is very different. I’m trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird.”
While he’s certainly spinning the decision to shoot in the UK as being an artistic one, it’s definitely a curious choice, as most of the box office from these films now come from non-US markets. While I’m sure Whedon wants to mix it up a bit, appealing to those overseas dollars has to be a motivating factor to Kevin Feige and Marvel as well.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in the US May 1, 2015.