Edgar Wright Explains Why He’s Leaving Ultron out of ANT-MAN

     August 20, 2013


There was a bit of unnecessary confusion at Comic-Con when it was announced that The Avengers sequel would be The Avengers: Age of Ultron even though in the comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym, a character who wouldn’t be appearing until the following Marvel movie, Ant-Man.  Some folks wondered how they would handle this comic lore even though Marvel Studios had already established on numerous occasions that they’re not taking the comics as holy writ.  If you’re still expecting to see Ultron enter Pym’s story, Ant-Man director Edgar Wright says you should kill that expectation right now.  Ant-Man will be about Pym, not his robotic creation.

Hit the jump for more.  Ant-Man is due out November 6, 2015.

Speaking to Huffington Post, Wright explained that Ultron was never part of his plan for Ant-Man:

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.

I’m sure fanboys will have their own ideas about how Ant-Man could have brought in Ultron, but that’s beside the point.  If you like Wright and you like Joss Whedon, then you should give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to how they’ll handle these characters.



  • Jay

    Kinda brave for them to even consider what a lot of people title a lame character a shot at his own film..but I don’t see how not..Ant man is a very instrumental character.

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    • Leo Spaceman

      Jarvis was probably a bit ticked off that Tony finally allowed him to take over the Iron Man suits and become a real functioning Droid and then just blew him up to please his flaming hot lady friend. It would definitely explain why Tony has to suit up again if its his creation that is running amok, but now he won’t just be able to tell Jarvis do all the actual work and will have to build the suit himself this time. So many things to say, but I’m bored miserable and lonely so I do hereby formally apologize for my incoherent rant or something.

  • eternalozzie

    With the same train of thought they should have just made Steve Rogers Iron Man or Nick Fury leader of the Fantastic 4.

    It’s not like it would be that hard to Introduce Pym in Avengers 2 as the scientist accidental creator of Ultron. He could develop in to his super alter ego in his later film. He has always been a very reluctant super hero anyways.

  • Brian Parker

    I think that avoiding some of the Hank Pym story elements and focusing on a true origin story is a good idea. Pym is one of the most complicated, and possibly problematic, characters to adapt to screen. He’s had at least three superhero personas (Ant-Man, Giant Man, and Yellowjacket,) went crazy two times (maybe more – not to mention he was an abuser) and he accidentally created one of the Avengers worse enemies.

    Yeah – lets avoid some of that, shall we. :)

    • eternalozzie

      4 … Goliath

      • Brian Parker

        Of course, Goliath! How did I forget that one. Thanks!

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  • Agent777

    I’ll see anything Edgar Wright does… but I’m pretty over everything Marvel does. Hacky, more comic tie ins made to push the brand than real films.

    Hopefully we get to see Egghead at least!

  • edu

    i don’t give a shit who create ultron,only unly super comic books readers fans care that is about 5% or less of the movie audience,just give a good movie

    • Agent777

      Haha, either you proved why it’s good to at least read comics books, or your brilliantly sarcastic.

      But guess what, if you Godzilla isn’t a giant, radioactive, bada$$ dinosaur… it’s Godzilla 1998… Marvel is in the process of making 4 Godzilla 1998′s a year. Have fun!

  • Btbcc12859

    Why cant Ant Man be a spin off of Avengers 2?


      what are you talking about? this is the marvel cinematic universe, everything is a ‘spin-off’ of everything else. i’m sure ant-man will still have ties to the avengers films. besides who’s to say ultron won’t return and face off against ant-man at some point? its not like he ever stays dead..

      • Lex Walker

        What? Surely not! Surely there’s no historic precedent for a villain returning from the grave 1, 5, 10, 100s of times, each more ridiculously explained than the last. Balderdash, I say! It can’t be done!

      • nah man

        doomsday. and im not too familiar with ultron but does’t he have a similar ability where he can come back with immunities to what destroyed him? im not too sure bout that but there are plenty of times where people die and come back in comics

      • Lex Walker

        Did you seriously miss the sarcasm/satire dripping off every letter of my comment and just leave an actual response?

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