Joss Whedon Offers Up More Details on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By February 21, 2015
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2015 is already proving to be an eventful year at the movies, but we can’t forget that some of the biggest blockbusters of the decade so far are still on their way. Of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be arriving at the end of the year, but kicking off this summer movie season will be one of the most highly anticipated sequels in recent memory: Avengers: Age of Ultron, reuniting the titular superhero team that blew audiences away when their first film bowed in 2012.

In a new interview with Empire, writer-director Joss Whedon offered up some new thematic details about what the sequel will be exploring about the characters, and where the film will ultimately take the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the things that Whedon toyed around with in the script was the abilities of Ultron himself, which in the comics have fluctuated pretty significantly over the decades due to new models and generations of Ultron’s robotic body being introduced. In regards to trying to narrow down the abilities that Ultron will have in the upcoming film, Whedon said,

The powers in comic books – they’re always like, ‘And then I can reverse the polarity of your ions!’ – well, we have to ground things a lot more. With Ultron, we have to make him slightly less omnipotent because he’d win. Bottom line. Also, having weaknesses and needs and foibles and alliances and actually caring what people think of him, all these things, are what make him a character and not just a tidal wave. A movie about a tidal wave can be great, but it’s different than a conflict between one side and the other.

Whedon also discussed the convenience of superhero sequels in that all of the preliminaries are out of the way. No more time needs to be spent on how the team gets together, because they’re already “assembled” by the time the film begins.

My instinct was, ‘Let’s just come out of the gate saying there is an Avengers.’ So we can have more time to pick at them and tear them apart and hurt them and ultimately destroy them. I’ve been working on a lot of Ultron scenes, so I’m very anti-Avengers right now.

Interestingly enough, in regards to Whedon’s Ultron enthusiasm, he seemed to have it even before he created the first Avengers film in 2011-2012. When asked when he decided he wanted to have the malevolent robot as the prime villain for the team to face off against, Whedon’s answer proves a little surprising.

Before I took the first movie. For me what was interesting is that he is this angry, and I hired the smoothest talker in Hollywood to play him. I did it on purpose. I needed a guy who can give you the Morpheus but then can just LOSE HIS S**T. Spader’s really good at that and he’s really good at finding the darkness, but also the comedy. The comedy is always a huge thing for me. Tom Hiddleston is hilarious. Hiddleston can turn on a dime, which is my favourite thing. He can be absolutely apocalyptic and then, ‘Um, point of order?’ Ultron has the same thing. He is very different, obviously, in his rhythms and his concepts, but for me it’s a guy who’s that angry and who hates the Avengers that much and is also a robot and is therefore going to have every issue that a robot’s going to have with humanity anyway… there’s a lot to play there. For me, he’s an iconic figure.

For more from Whedon on elements to expect from the sequel, be sure to read the full interview at EmpireAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1st.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • MarkJCreech

    Whedon is a straight up genius, can’t wait for this to come out

  • KevinPPark

    i don’t think anything will ever top his original avengers, i could say the same for most movies but love the concept