Yesterday you read that Avengers 2 is officially going to be called “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. This raised quite a few questions, especially regarding Hank Pym, aka Ant Man, who in the comics created Ultron.
MovieWeb spoke to Joss Whedon about it and now we have some answers and also a few more questions.
In the Marvel comic books, Ultron is considered to be one of the greatest creations of scientist Henry Pym, a.k.a Ant-Man. The sentient robot is dedicated to eradicating the human race once and for all. The robot’s violent tendencies are said to spring from both Pym’s intellect and mental instability. The character is the subject of a recent 10-issue limited series that envisions a future where Ultron has layed earth to ruins and has forced all of the superheroes underground.
In The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hank is no longer the creator of Ultron.
[Joss Whedon] “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.”
Whedon then goes on to talk about the origin.
“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.”
So now speculation is that Tony Stark creates Ultron. THis makes a whole lot of sense. Robert Downey Jr. just signed a contract that from what I’ve heard only includes Avengers 2 and 3, no more standalone films and while Hank Pym is a brilliant mind in the comics it’s Tony Stark and Bruce Banner who are the nerds we know and love in the cinematic universe so far.
You know what I think though? Or at least what I hope? Something that I mentioned in a follow up to my Iron Man 3 review:
On the one hand it was great that the big battle at the end wasn’t just “Iron Man vs. Other Iron Man” but at the same time it was really “A.I. with a small amount of help from a human vs. lava soldiers”.
So the next time Iron Man shows up for something, is Tony going to be there? Will he never leave the Helicarrier in Avengers 2, if he even shows up?
And also, why would anyone call in The Avengers now? Just call up J.A.R.V.I.S. and all the Iron Man suits and he’ll take care of whatever is going on. Problem solved. That wouldn’t be as cool though.
Then again, what if J.A.R.V.I.S. went a little nutty and became the bad guy in another film? I’d watch that.
Seriously, how awesome would that be? J.A.R.V.I.S. goes crazy and becomes Ultron, the big bad for Phase 2. There’s so much to explore there too not the least of which is “this is why there’s needs to be a man in the suit” (which is straight up Joss Whedon’s alley).
Only time will tell, and we have nearly 2 more years to wait. Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out 1st May 2015.