Marvel fans may be surprised to learn that Ultron will not be making an appearance in the 2015 Marvel film Ant-Man, set to release after the second installment in The Avengers series, Agengers: Age of Ultron.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Ant-Man director Edgar Wright confirmed that we will not be seeing Ultron in the Ant-Man film — and he always planned it that way:
It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.
You know, when I was younger I used to love Tim Burton’s “Batman.” I was like 15 and even then I was aware, “This is really the Joker’s film.” It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn too much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It’s impossible.
This is a curious development, because as stated in the interview, the comics reveal that Ant-Man was responsible for creating Ultron. But the Huffington Post interviewer makes a good point, saying “Ant-Man is a strange enough character on his own for a movie, would it have just too much to say, ‘Here’s Ant-Man and, by the way, he also invented this robot named Ultron’? Would that have been too much for the first ‘Ant-Man’ movie?”
It’ll be interesting to see how the Marvel team brings Ultron to life without using the Ant-Man plot from the comics, and how the Ant-Man film will play together with Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to hit theaters on May 1st, 2015. Ant-Man is set to hit theaters on November 6th, 2015.