Joss Whedon Talks More AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Thanos & Implies We Won't See 'The Vision'

Joss Whedon Talks More AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Thanos & Implies We Won't See 'The Vision'

Explaining how Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Ultron will bring enough "conflict" to The Avengers in the sequel, Whedon explains why The Vision, Henry Pym and Thanos won't appear. Check it out!

Following his big title reveal at the San Diego Comic-Con last month, writer/director Joss Whedon talked more with Total Film magazine about The Avengers: Age of Ultron. First reiterating that the Marvel sequel will have an original story, Whedon says, “It’s not based on the series. Honestly, we went through a lot of titles – Underoos Of Ultron. None of them landed…Underoos would’ve been better because of the alliteration. But Age of Ultron really stuck. We were like, ‘It’s a book, but we’re still going to use it’.”

Whether we'll see Ultron's creator, Henry Pym, or the android that Ultron himself created, the Vision, Whedon reassures, “We’re not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements. Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we’ve got to own that… Then we have the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and I think that’s plenty, because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch did not begin their time as friends of the Avengers, so there’s going to be a lot of, well, conflict.”

When asked (yet again) about the possibility of a 'multi-studio crossover' film, Joss Whedon says, “That’s not the plan. It would be cool but I think right now I already have a ton of very talented actors in my movie playing a ton of characters, and I’m about to add a few more. So I’m not like, ‘How can we get more licensed characters because I want to kill myself and make a nine-hour movie.’” It's no secret that the Avengers and X-Men won't share the big screen any time soon, but it was believed that Thanos would provoke Earth's mightiest heroes to assemble with the Guardians of the Galaxy. This obviously isn't happening in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Whedon says, “We have to stay grounded. It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It’s science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He’s always been the overlord of villainy & darkness.”

So far starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, with Kick-Ass actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson in negotiations to join, Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon, and is scheduled to start filming in March in the United Kindom for a May 1, 2015 release date.
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Highflyer - 8/2/2013, 9:09 AM
r u kidding me?
BlackHulk - 8/2/2013, 9:10 AM
Translation = Fan boys need to suck it up because Whedon is going to go in the opposite direction of what true comic book fans want.
HongKongPooey - 8/2/2013, 9:10 AM
Well despite all the people complaining around the recent news about Avengers:AOU I think Joss is doing it all for a good reason. I trust what Joss Whedon is doing and hope for a good film
YeezusWept - 8/2/2013, 9:11 AM

Just kidding. This movie will be awesome.
MrReese - 8/2/2013, 9:13 AM
meh just give me a good freakin movie & I'm happy.
TheBigBoss917 - 8/2/2013, 9:13 AM
So what was the point of introducing Thanos in the first movie? the cameo should have been at the end of this movie
Reasonnnn - 8/2/2013, 9:15 AM
@TheLogan Whedon is a dumbass? LOL dance you puppet
SageMode - 8/2/2013, 9:16 AM
"That’s not the plan. It would be cool but I think right now I already have a ton of very talented actors in my movie playing a ton of characters, and I’m about to add a few more."

About to add a few more characters to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON? Hmmmmmm...............
CaptainAmerica - 8/2/2013, 9:16 AM
Lol if Fox did this all the fangirls would be going ape shit right now.
SnapperCarr - 8/2/2013, 9:17 AM
I thought the Avengers were known for their constantly shifting rosters.
SageMode - 8/2/2013, 9:18 AM

To set Thanos up for the ultimate finale for Phase 3. It would be a bit anti-climatic if Thanos was the villain in part 2 and then having Ultron in part 3 since Thanos is much more powerful.
kadetra - 8/2/2013, 9:18 AM
Every article about the avengers sequel is bad news.
SnapperCarr - 8/2/2013, 9:18 AM
Damn. No Vision. :(
YeezusWept - 8/2/2013, 9:18 AM
California - 8/2/2013, 9:19 AM
Again, there would be no problem if Whedon just gives a nod to Pym playing a crucial role in Ultron's creation:

TONY STARK: "With this new upgrade I made to Jarvis that I got from a colleague of mine, Hank Pym, I can take A.I. to the next level."

DONE. Everyone is happy.
Liverpool4life - 8/2/2013, 9:19 AM
There is no fanboy consensus. Give me Ultron and a good story. All these 15 yr old Pym fans coming out of the woodwork are really obnoxious DC and X-fans trying muck up every article about the Avengers.
kadetra - 8/2/2013, 9:19 AM
I really wanted vision in the sequel.
kadetra - 8/2/2013, 9:20 AM
I guess there won't be any sony and marvel crossover in the future.
DukeAcureds - 8/2/2013, 9:21 AM
I like the idea of Thanos being the '80s cartoon villian fixture. Like Skeletor or Mumm-Ra or Krang and Shredder, y'know. That kind've villian that we see at the end of every movie, clenching his fist and spitting curses that his latest ploy didn't work. All the actual villians that the Avenegers face in these films should have something to do with Thanos.
Having said that, I'm still sulking about the way they've fvcked up the Ultron/Pym story. I don't think either Joss or Edgar Wright really realise what they've just completely destroyed and discarded there. They've buggered it all right in the jacksy.
And now we find out that we're not getting "All the accoutrements" meaning no Vision, no Jocasta, no Alkhema, no diddly squat-on-the-ground-and-shit! Nothing but a generic evil AI with the same name and design as Ultron. Cheers.
CoulsonLives - 8/2/2013, 9:21 AM
Should have added Spider-Man... More moneh Joss
Tainted87 - 8/2/2013, 9:21 AM
Thanks, Joss. Don't need all these extras right now. Cast is big enough.
vananir - 8/2/2013, 9:22 AM
Nice, there are still a lot of characters license in marvel.

Whedon>>>>>>> Nolan>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bullshit>>>>>>>>>>Singer
LordoftheThrones26 - 8/2/2013, 9:23 AM
While I do feel Joss Whedon is a bit overrated and I HATE that tjey are making Iron Man the center of attention Ill give it a shot!
kadetra - 8/2/2013, 9:24 AM
Fox X-men fans would be happy to troll this article.
IM53 - 8/2/2013, 9:24 AM
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Highflyer - 8/2/2013, 9:25 AM
this whole ultron without hank is beginning to annoy me.
kadetra - 8/2/2013, 9:25 AM
Nolan>>>>Whedon>>>>>>Snyder>>>>>hack singer
RSDhillon - 8/2/2013, 9:25 AM
I'm sorry, Mr. Whedon. Avengers is my all-time favorite movie and I like Firefly, but
"We’re not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements. Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are."

What??? Hank and Jan, two original members, founders, of the Avengers, are not as important as Ultron???
LEVITIKUZ - 8/2/2013, 9:26 AM
Yes lets add more characters.

Stark creates Ultron
Add Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch
Need to introduce Cap & Thor back
Hawkeye & Black Widow has a large role

DAMN IT WHEDON!!! All I want is Banner/Hulk and if the only Banner I get is a stupid after credit scene from Banner in a shit film between Avengers & Avengers 2 then what the [frick] Marvel? Now Banner/Hulk will likely take a backseat in Age of Ultron.

I trust Whedon, but man give me Hulk/Banner news. Not Hawkeye & Black Widow.
sexfoodcomics - 8/2/2013, 9:26 AM
@blackhulk. I'm a true comic book fan and Joss is giving me exactly what I want.

He is doing exactly what the comic book companies have been doing to their own characters for decades, re inventing them while keeping the spirit of the character. If you are a true comic book fan then you would know that already , so I shouldn't be telling you that , right?!? ;)
CoulsonLives - 8/2/2013, 9:28 AM

LEVITIKUZ - 8/2/2013, 9:29 AM
What's with the hate for deciding to ground his Batman films?

He wanted to do something that's never been done and his Trilogy influenced MOS, TIH, IM, First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, & TASM.

Burton was fantasy, Nolan was reality.

Best of both worlds.
brazilianbatman - 8/2/2013, 9:29 AM
im hoping Falcon is part of the team BECAUSE it doesn't make sense to make SHIELD agents,Black Widow and Hawkeye Avengers members of the theam but not Falcon.

War Machine should also be part of the roster, at least in the beginning where Iron Man might be retired.

Conflict? I am still waiting to know where is General Ross.
IM53 - 8/2/2013, 9:29 AM
Marvel be like Micheal Corleone photo: micheal corleone michealcorleone.jpg
Avenged99 - 8/2/2013, 9:30 AM
is it impossible for them to include Pym in the mix to keep the origin story more acurate? i mean sure Tony Stark could help create Ultron, but why not introduce Pym as just a Dr in Avengers:AOU and then he can turn into Ant Man in his own movie.
DukeAcureds - 8/2/2013, 9:31 AM
You'd think that Joss would use Ultron to introduce Ant-Man and Wasp to the Avengers roster, but failing that you'd think he would at least use Ultron to introduce Vision and Jocasta to the Avengers roster. Especially since there is also Scarlet Witch as a vilian, alongside Ultron and there is, of course, that Scarlet Witch/Vision relationship that turns out to be a very important Avengers plot-point.
brazilianbatman - 8/2/2013, 9:31 AM
I think Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver will be created by Extremis but why them unstead of Antman and Wasp I cant understand.
IM53 - 8/2/2013, 9:31 AM
Gusto in the 80s 80s highschool photo: 80s hair LeeandJanice.jpg

Ps #Yosslives
TheWolverine08 - 8/2/2013, 9:31 AM
@kadetra You talk about trolls, yet you sound like one gratuitously insulting directors who have nothing to do with this article.
CoulsonLives - 8/2/2013, 9:32 AM
Webb>>>Whedon>>>Nolan>>>Snyder>>>Raimi>>>Singer>>>Tim Burton>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Joel Schumacher
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