‘Avengers 2′: Joss Whedon Says Ultron Will Juice Things Up

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When a superhero team features as many heavyweights as The Avengers, it’s a challenge to find a villain to throw at them who will actually pose a threat. In the first Avengers film, Loki had to enlist the help of an entire alien armada to fight on his side, and even they eventually got beaten down. The Avengers are at their weakest when afflicted by in-fighting, but since they seem to have learned to put aside personal differences for the greater good, it will surely take a serious challenger to cause them trouble in the sequel.

That new challenger was announced during Marvel’s panel at this year’s Comic-Con, when writer/director Joss Whedon came on stage to introduce a teaser for the sequel, which would be titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The character named in the title is a deadly robot originally created by Henry Pym (AKA Ant-Man), who has appeared in the Marvel comics since the late 1960s and has fought the Avengers many times, in a number of different forms. It was a little surprising for those who were expecting to see Thanos take centre stage in the sequel, but Ultron has apparently been waiting in the wings for a while.

Speaking to Total Film, Whedon said that his desire to see Ultron go up against the Avengers on the big screen had actually preceded his official involvement with the franchise:

“I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.’ Because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history… He’s somebody who can juice things up and he’s a real problem for the Avengers. That’s not always easy to find. It’s not like the Vulture is really going to give them a hard time for 20 minutes.”

Ouch – take that, Vulture. In fairness, while the old bird might be able to rival Tony Stark in the fields of mechanical engineering and electronics, Ultron has the kind of power and durability that could make him a real match for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Although Ant-Man will be getting his own stand-alone movie a little bit further down the line, we recently learned that Ultron’s origin story is being rewritten for the movie universe, which means that he could well have abilities that haven’t been seen in the comics.

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The fact that Ultron’s entry into the series has been planned since before the making of The Avengers raises some interesting questions. Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has said that he and Joss Whedon were discussing content for Age of Ultron whilst on the set of The Avengers, which means that they may have already begun laying the groundwork for the character’s introduction in subtle ways.

Do you think that Ultron will prove to be a worthy foe for the Avengers, or is there another character that you would rather have seen in the robot’s place?

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Thor: The Dark World is out in theaters on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films will be released on May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Source: Total Film

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  1. I think ultron will work wonderfully as long as they get the right people to work on it and I think they have

  2. What if in guardians of the galaxy Thanos buys Death an easy bake oven bakes her some cookies they’re not to her satisfaction- And out of pure rejection the Easy Bake goes rogue turning into Ultron!

    • It wasn’t Thanos at the end of the Avengers. It was an actor paid by Ultron.

      • Lol Good one

    • That’s a little out of Whedon’s league.

  3. The answer is YES.
    Plus Ultron is something that you can say, a ‘real’ threat, as in it can actually happen in the real world. Nowadays people are already being ‘enslaved’ by technology, I’m sure by the time A.I. becomes more advance, someone will try to pull an Ultron to this earth…
    Apocalyptic prediction aside XD, the fact that Ultron is human-made is even more scary than Alien invasion. I never cared about this character before, but then when I eventually get to know him, I shared the same sentiment as Whedon, that I really really wish he would be featured as one of the main villain in an Avengers movie (and I got that prediction right!).
    The fact that it’s how your own tech turns against you, how its human themselves who made the disaster for their own, and this A.I. form is very smart and knows all secret data about the members of the Avengers. That actually made me feel scared of Ultron more than Loki or Kree or Skrull *shivers*

    • I don’t see how it could become a ‘threat’ in the real world because AIs really don’t exist yet. They exist only in theory, or speculation, until someone invents it. That also goes for aliens/organisms off world, which they only exist in theory, but no real proof of existence.

      • Neither does vibranium, repulsor technology, norse mythology or a hulk, still awesome

  4. I’d like to believe Tony Stark has the foresight/intuition as to what would happen if he were to put the fate of mankind into the hands of a machine. Just seems way too narrow-minded of a concept for him.

    • Then again, he is Tony Stark…

  5. I don’t know anything about this robot.. It just seems it’s bit underwhelming for this mighty team.. But I am sure they will do an excellent job.

    • Ultron can out-think and out-plan anybody, can replicate himself, cannot be destroyed the same way twice, is constructed from adamantium, and that’s just a general gloss-over of his power. He’s definitely one of the tougher enemies The Avengers could face.

      • He can also time-travel.

  6. Didn’t Antman created Ultron?

    • In the comic’s he did.
      For the movie’s there’s talk of Tony Stark creating Ultron because he’s already an established character whereas Antman is known. The Antman movie is also being released after The Avenger 2.
      Antman could be in the second avengers movie as a bad guy & then in his solo movie become a good guy.

      • ….Antman is UNknown.
        Wheres the edit button when you need it ? :)

  7. Well I think the Guardian will handle Thanos, but isn’t GotG set in the future?

  8. I’ve been waiting for Ultron since Iron Man 2. Whedon says he wants to “twist the knife” and make things personal. It’s my opinion that Jarvis is second only to Pepper Potts as a supporting character in the IM movies. They’ve really developed him as a character considering he is an A.I.

    Having Jarvis go rogue would totally mess with Tony and the other Avengers would lay the blame on him too. Someone in an earlier comment said they think Tony would create a fail-safe for this being a futurist and all. I think so too, which is why it would be Nick Fury’s fault.

    During Avengers, Jarvis was linked to SHIELD’s computer network snooping and got caught. Maybe SHIELD back tracked the link and snooped all of Tony’s stuff including the program for the Jarvis A.I. Then Fury tries to copy Jarvis for his use and calls it Ultron. Add some knock-off Starktech suits and you get a rogue A.I. that everyone blames on Tony.

    For the “Pym invents Ultron” purist out there, in the animated “Avengers Next” story it was Tony Stark that created Ultron. So Marvel has set a precedent for this idea. (in 2008, the same year Iron Man 1 came out)

    • For me, the best scenario would be, that after the events of IM3, Tony Stark has Stark industries looking into A.I AND ROBOTICS, as a way of replacing Iron Man, as he is retired, and in this scenario Hank Pym is the lead scientist working on the project (perhaps he has a sideline project named Pym particles?;)). Therefore, both Tony Stark and Hank Pym have full accountability for Ultron, enough so that Iron man has to suit up once more and enough so that, at the end of the film, Hank Pym is in the need for redemption – hence the forthcoming Ant-Man film

    • For me, the best scenario would be, that after the events of IM3, Tony Stark has Stark industries looking into A.I AND ROBOTICS, as a way of replacing Iron Man, as he is retired, and in this scenario Hank Pym is the lead scientist working on the project (perhaps he has a sideline project named Pym particles?;)).

      Therefore, both Tony Stark and Hank Pym have full accountability for Ultron, enough so that Iron man has to suit up once more and enough so that, at the end of the film, Hank Pym is in the need for redemption – hence the forthcoming Ant-Man film

    • For me, the best scenario would be, that after the events of IM3, Tony Stark has Stark industries looking into A.I AND ROBOTICS, as a way of replacing Iron Man, as he is retired, and in this scenario Hank Pym is the lead scientist working on the project (perhaps he has a sideline project named Pym particles ;))

    • Checkout this fan made Age of Ultron Teaser:

  9. I like the Jarvis to ultron version a lot of people have thought of here but pyme maybe designing the robot part didn’t they talk about a project in the first avengers movie ? And like the first captain and Thor movies will link them together probably Bucky becomes ultron lol jk but something you never know I’d say the robots made from he vulturee metal

  10. 2015 is gonna be a great summer avengers 2 ,superman batman, Star Wars, I cant wait. Ill have high expectations for this movie though cuz Ultron is badazz in the comics and animated series.

    I hope they do him justice and make him as powerful as he is meant to be.

  11. The infamoous Mk 42, somehow having survived it’s destruction, will become self aware with a grudge against it’s creator.

  12. figures that tony stark hacking into shield’s systems in Avengers, and uncovering info about shield’s phase plans, plays into the ” stark unknowingly unleashing skynet onto the world “. in addition to shield’s machinations, perhaps there is also software with detailed plans and counters for other avengers members should they go rogue, alas batman and the justice league from the doom animated film.

    this is perhaps why whedon chose to go with stark over Pym as it involves ultron’s genesis. stark had been warned about his piracy, and considering his heightened fears in iron man 3, he may feel justified in going with such a failsafe. thus the point of contention involving the team and shield.

  13. oh, and ultron should stick with the silver look and avoid gold. it risks looking like a disco ball.

    • If looking like a disco ball is your primary concern, then he should go with gold and not silver.

  14. They had better be making him out of Adamantium or some kind of Vibranium composite. And probs should give him an organic brain – the lead villain can’t have that dull “search and destroy” robot personality, as portrayed so many times before.
    Alien tech? probs. SHIELD secret weapon? maybe (don’t forget they used tech from the Destroyer already). Stark’s technical expertise play a part in Ultron’s creation? maybe.
    I’m excited for this. There’s so many different angles they can come from.

    • Can they use Adamantium? It plays a pretty big part in Xmen. Wouldn’t that mess with Fox’s film rights?

  15. Another Joss Whedon Says article… Really…

  16. I think the Masters of Evil would be a good idea to pit against the Avengers, or some other supervillain team-up. The numbers could rival the Avengers, as it has done in many comics. I’m not saying this instead of Ultron, because he’s brilliant, and I’ve followed him through most of his incarnations. I’m saying this should be a future for the Avengers. Maybe the Serpent Society or something, I don’t know. I just think it’d be a good idea.

    • The Squadron Sinister / Squadron Supreme – Hyperion, Dr. Spectrum, the Whizzer, Golden Archer, Lady Lark.

  17. They are rewriting Ultron’s origin. To what? He’s really Trevor in an Ultron suit?

  18. Got to hand it to him. He makes it easy to connect the dots. As does all Marvel different types of Marvel media and their stories. Whether it be spoiling through marketing materials or press interviews.

  19. Hulk/Shield movie should happen.

  20. “I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.’ Because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history… He’s somebody who can juice things up and he’s a real problem for the Avengers.”

    Yes Ultron has been a thorn in the AVANGERS side of the comics, including and especially Pym/Ant-Man but I see him nowhere in sight.

    And you always envisioned Ultron being a creation of Stark then?

    Disappointing that you apparently won getting him to be the TA2 villain but you just couldn’t manage to fight to have Pym be the creator? L A M E

    • Completely ready for people to start owning up to the fact that they completely spitballed (& lazily) the whole Stark/Jarvis = Ultron *theory* thing & quit complaining as if they actually know Jack s**t about what’s going on as of the moment…

  21. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!

  22. age of ultron might just be the robopocalypse I’ve been waiting for

  23. Somebody mentioned in another article that Whedon created Danger for the X-Men (a sentient Danger Room) and it seems that Ultron will be similar in this movie, except Ultron will not see the light as Danger did. Hopefully…

  24. I like that Stark invents Ultron. Stark should always have invented Ultron.

  25. Am I the only one who is thinking that Tony builds Ultron against his will via mind control?

    (Since it is entirely possible now that he no longer has the Arc Reactor in his chest)

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