Whedon Confirms Ultron's Origin Being Rewritten Without Hank Pym
Well this didn't take long to come out. Only a day after it was officially announced by Marvel Studios that the next, new Avengers movie would be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, details have started to come out from director Joss Whedon himself confirming some of their plans. Or at least, their plans not to include many of the Ultron story elements comic book fans are familiar with. As soon as that title was revealed, fans went crazy with questions over what that meant, how the story would work, if we would see Hank Pym aka Ant-Man, who is getting his own movie (after Avengers 2) anyway. Whedon clears up any early speculation.
For those unfamiliar with Ultron, the robotic supervillain is one of the most well-known in Marvel's recent Avengers comic book universe. He is one of Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym's greatest creations, a powerful sentient robot dedicated to eradicating the human race once and for all. There are rumors that Tony Stark might be responsible for creating Ultron if not Pym, but Whedon addresses all of those rumors and in one fell swoop takes down everyone and anything speculating too much about what we'll see in Avengers 2. He explains:
"Well, because there was a book called 'Age of Ultron' quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we're doing, but that is not the case. We're doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He's not. We're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."
This may upset some comic book fans, but we should trust in Whedon. He continues with the differences:
"We're crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It's a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There's a science fiction theme that wasn't there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we're going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron."
Makes sense to me. Comic book storylines are hard to directly translate into cinematic experiences, but I trust in Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon enough that they're taking this in the right direction. Deviating where necessary, but also working to deliver one hell of a follow-up to the The Avengers. As for the expanded storyline, Whedon also mentions that they're pushing things further into the world: "It's very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world." It doesn't sound like they're going cosmic yet with the Avengers, but at least they're going bigger and badder. Ultron will be one mean bad guy, and I'm excited to see how they redo his origin for the big screen.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was officially announced during the Marvel Studios Hall H panel at Comic-Con on Saturday night. Recap our live blog here and check out the sequel's logo and full announcement details here.