After revealing that the sequel to The Avengers will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans were left with a whole bunch of questions. Many assumed that due to the title, Whedon and Co. would be adapting the comic book of the same name. According to the director/writer though, this is not the case.
Speaking to Comic Book Movie, Whedon confirmed that they are doing their own origin story and also said that Hank Pym will not be in the film.
“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 say:
“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.”
Those who keep up with the ongoings of the Marvel universe will know that Hank Pym aka Ant-Man is the one who creates Ultron in the comics. As Whedon says though, Pym is not involved in the film and rather, Ultron will come from one of the Avengers that we have already seen.
Speculation points towards Iron Man being the reason for Ultron’s creation but of course, nothing has been confirmed just yet. With the Ant-Man film releasing a few months after Avengers: Age of Ultron, it would have made sense to tie the two films together with the Ultron storyline, but it appears that Whedon is choosing to go in a different direction and instead, is linking Ultron to one of the other heroes.
Even as someone who doesn’t really read comic books, I find this all to be very exciting. The Avengers was a great film and the Marvel Universe is really starting to take off and come together. The company has done a fantastic job of building out their world thus far and I’m very optimistic about what the future holds for us.
What do you think? How will Ultron tie into Avengers: Age of Ultron? What direction will they take the story in? Any ideas? Let us know in the comments below.