AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Joss Whedon Talks 'Ultron''s Powers, 'Hank Pym', More

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Joss Whedon Talks 'Ultron''s Powers, 'Hank Pym', More

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Joss Whedon Talks 'Ultron''s Powers, 'Hank Pym', More

Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon talks here about the sequel's pre-credits sequence, changing the titular villain's powers, giving Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch an origin story, why exactly he chose not to include Hank Pym, and avoiding Spider-Man 3's mistakes...

Empire Online have posted more of their chat with Avengers: Age of Ultron director, and despite the fact that it took place on the set of the movie last year, there are still plenty of very interesting reveals here. The opening of the movie is discussed in details, as are the origin stories of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and Ultron himself. The story behind the lack of Hank Pym is also particularly interesting. Be sure to head on over to the site by clicking the link below for even more. 

On Starting With The Avengers Already Assembled:
 
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.


On Having A James Bond Style Pre-Credits Sequence:
 
There is a pre-credit Bondian blow-out. The James Bond theme has come up more than a few times, mainly because the locations are so beautiful and in particular the opening location is really stunning. There was a moment where there were soldiers and different kinds of people fighting them, and these guys in winter camo come up on a castle in one of those mountain resort elevators that goes side-to-side and looks like a gumball machine, and I was looking at the Italian Alps and the mist and the castle, and this weird thing rises up, full of soldiers in winter camo, and everybody was like… [sings the Bond theme].
 

On Changing Ultron's Powers For The Movie: 
 
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. When Ultron speaks, he has a point. He is really not on top of the fact that the point he’s making has nothing to do with the fact that he’s banoonoos. And that he hates the Avengers for bringing him into this world, and he can’t really articulate that or even understand how much he hates humanity. He thinks he all that. That guy is very fun to write. He combines all the iconic stuff. The powers he has are slightly different – he can control certain things, he’s not just firing repulsors.
 

On Scarlet Witch And Quicksilver's Origin And Adding More Villains: 
 
They have an origin but it’s largely described. They’re already good to go by the time we’re up and running. You don’t want to fall into Spider-Man 3 territory – and I say that as a guy who actually thinks pretty well of that movie, there’s some great stuff in that movie – but there comes a point where you’re overloaded with frontstory, backstory, origin story and it becomes very hard to juggle. My instinct is always, ‘Don’t put in more, work with what you have.’ But I insisted on putting in more in this movie because I felt I needed more villains. I needed someone for Ultron to talk to, and I need more trouble for the Avengers. As powerful as Ultron is, if he builds more Ultrons, they’re Ultrons. There’s no reason for him to ever to talk to them because they’re him. ‘I need you to – I KNOW! I AM TOTALLY YOU! I DID IT EARLIER! I know that because I am also me.’ That’s not a good conversation. Actually, it sounded pretty good there. I think I’m onto something.
 
 
On Removing Hank Pym From Ultron's Origin Story: 
 
Of all the heat I’ve ever taken, not having Hank Pym was one of the bigger things. But the fact of the matter was, Edgar had him first and by virtue of what Edgar was doing, there was no way for me to use him in this. I also thought it was a bridge too far. Ultron needs to be the brainchild of the Avengers, and in the world of the Avengers and the MCU, Tony Stark is that guy. Banner has elements of that guy – we don’t really think of him as being as irresponsible as Tony Stark, but the mother[frick]er tested gamma radiation on himself, with really terrible, way-worse-than-Tony-Stark results. It didn’t make sense to introduce a third scientist, a third sciencetician, to do that. It was hard for me, because I grew up on the comics, to dump that, but at the end of the day, it’s a more interesting relationship between Tony and Ultron if Tony was once like, ‘You know what would be a really great idea?’ They’re doing what they always do – which is jump in headfirst, and then go, ‘Sorry, world!’ But you have to make it their responsibility without just making it their fault.
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