New information from Joss Whedon on why he picked Ultron and what to expect from ‘The Avengers 2’


the-avengers-Age-of-UltronAs part of the Entertainment Weekly cover and special spread we reported on earlier this morning, Joss Whedon has sat down for an exclusive interview with the magazine to discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming The Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Entertainment Weekly is now releasing another snippet from their interview with the famed screenplay writer and director, this time discussing why he chose Ultron as the film’s villain, and what it will mean for Team Avengers now that they have an evil robot hell-bent on destroying them hanging around:

“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.”

We learned yesterday why Ultron won’t be in the Ant-Man movie — a surprising development, considering that in the comics, Ant-Man is responsible for creating Ultron. Whedon has yet to disclose how Ultron will have come about, but from his comments above, we’re sure the Avengers will be more occupied with trying to kill him rather than trying to discover how he was created!

The Joss Whedon issue of Entertainment Weekly is set to hit newsstands on August 23rd!


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