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Joss Whedon is changing Ultron's abilities in The Avengers; Age of Ultron

08.21.2013

Ah, Ultron, it seems like we have been hearing so much about you over the last month. Some are excited you will be in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON while others are more cautious, worried that your creator will no longer by Hank Pym but rather Tony Stark. Either way, you have quite the arsenal of powers an abilities and will surely be taking The Avengers to task. Or will you?

In the cover story for this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, director Joss Whedon shared some notes on changes he is making to Ultron for the upcoming AVENGERS sequel. Overall, these should not impact the character, but we may be in for a different iteration of the robotic menace than what we are expecting.

“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”

Whedon adds that he has to be careful “to ground [the character] while still evoking that guy.” And like a certain giant green Avenger hero, it sounds like large doses of rage will be key to his personality. “As a character I love [Ultron],” Whedon says, “because he’s so pissed off.”

Whedon truly seems to be humanizing Ultron by referring to him, he, and not it. Tony Stark's creations through the IRON MAN films and THE AVENGERS have always been referred to in this way with Stark calling himself a proud papa several times. I think the decision to shift the birth of Ultron to Stark is a wise one for the cinematic universe. The question remains whether or not he will look the same as the comics or have a more human appearance.

I also like the decision to ground the villain as a creation rather than a supernatural or alien threat. After dealing with Loki and the Chitauri, changing the pace to a Frankenstein style story will be a good one for the franchise.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON opens May 1, 2015.

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2:00AM on 08/23/2013

So...

Is that a "Yes" or "No" to Ultron being made of Adamantium?
Is that a "Yes" or "No" to Ultron being made of Adamantium?
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9:00AM on 08/22/2013

Villains

What I'm hearing is, with reduced powers and added Avengers on the roster, it sounds like Ultron will be pulling some strings, since he cant take them head-on. Logically, like Loki in the first film, Ultron will need some help. I wish it could be from the Skrulls but thats WAY too much like the first film, so I am expecting several villains to pop up. Thoughts on who?
What I'm hearing is, with reduced powers and added Avengers on the roster, it sounds like Ultron will be pulling some strings, since he cant take them head-on. Logically, like Loki in the first film, Ultron will need some help. I wish it could be from the Skrulls but thats WAY too much like the first film, so I am expecting several villains to pop up. Thoughts on who?
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9:04AM on 08/22/2013
Crossbones, Abomination, and some other villains previously faced by our team. Hopefully not robots because that would seem too repetitive of Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
Crossbones, Abomination, and some other villains previously faced by our team. Hopefully not robots because that would seem too repetitive of Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
8:56PM on 08/22/2013
i like the Abomination idea. that also reopens the Red Skull, another Mandarin and whatever other villains pop up between now and the release of A2
i like the Abomination idea. that also reopens the Red Skull, another Mandarin and whatever other villains pop up between now and the release of A2
6:51AM on 08/22/2013

Stark + Pym...

I think a nice nod to the fans might be that Tony Stark does a little name dropping when he creates Ultron, maybe with help from Jarvis. Picture Tony in his lab, working feverishly on Ultron but not getting the AI quite right.

Something like:
TS: Damnit! The flux capacitor just won't accept a neurological map interface! I need to find a way to make that work!
Jarvis: Sir, have you considered exploring the research by Hank Pym, published in last years volume of Neuroscience?
TS: Pym?
I think a nice nod to the fans might be that Tony Stark does a little name dropping when he creates Ultron, maybe with help from Jarvis. Picture Tony in his lab, working feverishly on Ultron but not getting the AI quite right.

Something like:
TS: Damnit! The flux capacitor just won't accept a neurological map interface! I need to find a way to make that work!
Jarvis: Sir, have you considered exploring the research by Hank Pym, published in last years volume of Neuroscience?
TS: Pym? That guy's an quack. Last I heard he was working on miniaturization. What a joke.
Jarvis: Sir, I really think you should consider this article. My analysis of his results indicate a 99.3% chance of direct relevance to your work.
TS: And what about the remaining 0.7%?
Jarvis: That's the chance that your robot will gain a psychopathic persona and try to destroy you.
TS: I like those odds. Bring up that paper....

This way Stark gets credit for the general build, but Pym's work is key to the actual creation of Ultron proper.
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2:47PM on 08/22/2013
That is a good idea. Also a great back door introduction for Hank Pym. Get him into the universe without actually having to introduce him.
That is a good idea. Also a great back door introduction for Hank Pym. Get him into the universe without actually having to introduce him.
6:30PM on 08/22/2013
This is what i was thinking. Reference Pyms A.I work as a basis for what looks like Stark turning J.a.r.v.i.s (Just A Very Intelligent System) into Ultron. It would keep me as a comic fan happy while expanding the marvel cinematic universe and jumping into Ultron without introducing Henry "Hank" Pym. Also leaves the door open for Pym to have to deal with Ultrons daddy issues in a later film.
This is what i was thinking. Reference Pyms A.I work as a basis for what looks like Stark turning J.a.r.v.i.s (Just A Very Intelligent System) into Ultron. It would keep me as a comic fan happy while expanding the marvel cinematic universe and jumping into Ultron without introducing Henry "Hank" Pym. Also leaves the door open for Pym to have to deal with Ultrons daddy issues in a later film.
10:10PM on 08/21/2013
Ultron needs to break down and say "I've got a bee in my bonnet man, I've got pain!"
Ultron needs to break down and say "I've got a bee in my bonnet man, I've got pain!"
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10:05PM on 08/21/2013
If he's not created by Hank Pym and he doesn't have all of his abilities then how is he even still Ultron?
If he's not created by Hank Pym and he doesn't have all of his abilities then how is he even still Ultron?
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7:26PM on 08/21/2013

I wonder if this means there will be more than one villain?

From the sound of it, it sounds like Whedon could be dumbing down the character to make him less 'immortal' in a sense. Hopefully, this doesn't forfeit his badassness.
From the sound of it, it sounds like Whedon could be dumbing down the character to make him less 'immortal' in a sense. Hopefully, this doesn't forfeit his badassness.
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6:05PM on 08/21/2013
I have faith in Whedon
I have faith in Whedon
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5:58PM on 08/21/2013

Iron Ultron

I'm happy with linking Ultron to Stark. I've always thought that Ultron's face looked like the Iron Man helmet, just split open at the mouth and jaw anyway.
I'm happy with linking Ultron to Stark. I've always thought that Ultron's face looked like the Iron Man helmet, just split open at the mouth and jaw anyway.
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5:13PM on 08/21/2013
As long as it looks like Ultron, I'm sure It'll be cool. Ultron's always had a very specific look and I hope they stick with it. Ultron's always been pretty angry too, so hopefully Whedon's heading that way.
As long as it looks like Ultron, I'm sure It'll be cool. Ultron's always had a very specific look and I hope they stick with it. Ultron's always been pretty angry too, so hopefully Whedon's heading that way.
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4:54PM on 08/21/2013
This and the news that Pym won't be his creator insure that I will stay the FUCK away from comic book message boards until the film is released. There is only so much unwarranted fanboy bitching I can take.
This and the news that Pym won't be his creator insure that I will stay the FUCK away from comic book message boards until the film is released. There is only so much unwarranted fanboy bitching I can take.
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4:50PM on 08/21/2013
As long as they get rid of that stupid looking face on that character, all is good.
As long as they get rid of that stupid looking face on that character, all is good.
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4:46PM on 08/21/2013

They still could've found a way to make Hank the co-creator of Ultron.

I understand this is what they needed to do to lock down RDJ to do more movies but it just still bugs me that they couldn't find a good way to make Hank the real creator of Ultron. Just saying......
I understand this is what they needed to do to lock down RDJ to do more movies but it just still bugs me that they couldn't find a good way to make Hank the real creator of Ultron. Just saying......
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5:19PM on 08/21/2013
How does this lock down RDJ to do more movies? (I'm genuinely curious, not trying to poke holes in your theory)
How does this lock down RDJ to do more movies? (I'm genuinely curious, not trying to poke holes in your theory)
6:05PM on 08/21/2013
I just think that had to be the hook that made him sign up for more movies. To have a genuine character arc than just to have good Ole' Tony sitting in waiting being a 3rd wheel. Obviously he would be a great and entertaining 3rd wheel but there would be few things motivating his character in future movies. In Iron Man 3 we saw what was motivating and fueling his character up until the end, at the end his arc was complete, he was over with alot of things through all 3 of his movies and the
I just think that had to be the hook that made him sign up for more movies. To have a genuine character arc than just to have good Ole' Tony sitting in waiting being a 3rd wheel. Obviously he would be a great and entertaining 3rd wheel but there would be few things motivating his character in future movies. In Iron Man 3 we saw what was motivating and fueling his character up until the end, at the end his arc was complete, he was over with alot of things through all 3 of his movies and the Avengers. He was doing interviews saying he wasn't up to do more Iron Man movies and he was going to be recast because of his contract running out after the 3rd movie.

What high quality caliber actor wants to stay around with little to do only to be window dressing? So they said, 'how about Tony creates "X" and it endangers "Y" in the Marvel universe and you don't have to do any more Iron Man solo movies but you have to do 2 more Avengers and a couple of cameos and we'll pay "Z".' It's a win win for him, the others still have to finish out their solo movie contracts and still be indebted to the Avengers and will all collectively lift the franchise together so nobody has to do heavy lifting for the majority of filming. He doesn't have to be on set like 60-120 days or anything like that. He collects a very solid paycheck with having a purpose to stay around and not treat it like a cash grab.

8:29PM on 08/21/2013
The problem is that, from the very beginning, Marvel did not consider Ant Man to be a major character. When they asked Edgar Wright if he wanted to do a Marvel movie they were surprised when he said he wanted to do Ant Man. Edgar Wright, in turn, was surprised when they told him that they wanted him to do a Hank Pym origin story: he assumed that Ant Man was going to be in the Avengers. Edgar Wright's original script had Hank Pym passing on the Ant Man identity to Scott Lang. So there never
The problem is that, from the very beginning, Marvel did not consider Ant Man to be a major character. When they asked Edgar Wright if he wanted to do a Marvel movie they were surprised when he said he wanted to do Ant Man. Edgar Wright, in turn, was surprised when they told him that they wanted him to do a Hank Pym origin story: he assumed that Ant Man was going to be in the Avengers. Edgar Wright's original script had Hank Pym passing on the Ant Man identity to Scott Lang. So there never was any plan to have Hank Pym be the creator of Ant Man. In fact, it is not clear if there ever was going to be an Ant Man in the Avengers because Marvel assumed there wasn't enough interest in the character.
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4:41PM on 08/21/2013
Since the first Ironman Marvel have been putting out quality films that do the comics justice and as well as being palpable for the general audience. It’s not just that but they’ve taken the liberty and risks when it came to keeping true to these characters. No one would have dreamed a Thor film or a Captain America film would be met with such success. The films interpretation of those characters have been fabulous, as well as the others, and its worked even without having to make drastic
Since the first Ironman Marvel have been putting out quality films that do the comics justice and as well as being palpable for the general audience. It’s not just that but they’ve taken the liberty and risks when it came to keeping true to these characters. No one would have dreamed a Thor film or a Captain America film would be met with such success. The films interpretation of those characters have been fabulous, as well as the others, and its worked even without having to make drastic changes. Marvel have been risk takers and its paid off well.

So this current move doesn’t sit well with me. To borrow Heisenberg words, Marvel seem to be “treading lightly” with Avengers 2. Having the film surround Ironman (again) seems kind they’re back peddling and not being the risk taking production company they have been in the past. Having Tony create Ultron and to now change some powers of his it seems they don’t believe in their own work. Its a safe way to go about things but it just seems odd for them to do this. Maybe I’m reading way too much into it. They still have Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, which is a huge risk for them, but to have these unnecessary changes don’t sit well with me. Either way I will be seeing this day one when its out.
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5:43PM on 08/21/2013
Count me among them. I thought a Thor film was the silliest sounding movie, but it's probably my favorite Marvel film from the Avengers saga.
Count me among them. I thought a Thor film was the silliest sounding movie, but it's probably my favorite Marvel film from the Avengers saga.
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