Joss Whedon On Ultron: “He’s A Robot Who’s Genuinely Disturbed”

By April 25, 2014

Well well well…looks like we’re gonna get one seriously cracked villain in the upcoming blockbuster, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. 

When writer/director Joss Whedon sat down with Empire, he talked about the mentally-disturbed metallic menace known as Ultron (voiced by James Spader), his vision of how he’ll be brought to life on the big screen and how much fun he’s having with the whole thing.

I’m having a blast with Ultron. 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.

In case you’re not familiar with Ultron, here’s a quick summary of who this cat is.


According to canon, Ultron was created by Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym (a.k.a. “Ant-Man”) and as time passed, Ultron began to develop its own intelligence and also becomes a victim of the Oedipus Complex when he begins to feel an irrational hate for his “father” and falls in love with Hank’s girl, Janet van Dyne (a.k.a. “Wasp”). Learning how to self power-up AND upgrading himself five times, Ultron hypnotizes Pym and wipes any memory of Ultron from Pym’s brain.

Which brings up to the Age Of Ultron storyline. When Ultron returns, he manages to conquer the world and begins to mold it in his image while having his Ultron Sentinels out there guarding the streets and searching for “fugitives.”

Ultron’s outer armor is made from adamantium and his powers include that of “superhuman levels of strength, speed, stamina, durability, and reflexes; flight at subsonic speeds and various offensive weapons such as concussive blasts of energy fired from its optical sensors and hands, and an “encephalo-ray”, which places victims into a deathlike coma.” (Source)

Holy crap. I have chills.

I’m an old school geek and have admittedly seen EVERY film Spader has done (check out Pretty In Pink and tell me he WASN’T “spongeworthy”) and I can say with absolute conviction he is the right guy for Ultron.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.

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