Joss Whedon Talks about Why He Chose Ultron as the Villain for THE AVENGERS Sequel, THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Rather than being afraid to even utter a word about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer-director Joss Whedon has been surprisingly loquacious when it comes to other Marvel directors.  Obviously, he won’t divulge plot details, but he’s been willing to announce characters, say how much of a role other characters have in the plot, and more.  In the upcoming issue of Total Film, Whedon explained why he chose Ultron as the villain for the upcoming sequel.  For those who don’t know, Ultron made his first appearance in 1968′s Avengers #55, and has been a problem for them ever since.  His origin story will be changed for the movie, but Whedon has had his eye on the evil automaton before he even got into the director’s chair for the first movie.

Hit the jump for what Whedon had to say about Ultron.  The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

the-avengers-joss-whedon-samuel-l-jackson-imageSpeaking to Total Film, Whedon said about the villain,

“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 was great. 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.”

age-of-ultron-comic-bookHow hard of a time can Ultron give the Avengers?  Here’s a list of his powers and abilities according to Wikipedia:

The visual appearance and powers of the character have varied, but common powers include superhuman levels of strength, speed, stamina, durability, and reflexes; flight at subsonic speeds; and various offensive weapons such as concussive blasts of energy fired from its optical sensors and hands, and an “encephalo-ray”, which places victims into a deathlike coma. The latter ray also allows Ultron to mesmerize and mind-control victims, or implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a later time. Ultron also has the ability to convert electromagnetic radiation into electrical energy for use or storage. Ultron has a genius intellect, a capacity for creative intelligence and self-repair, superhuman cybernetic analytical capabilities, and the ability to process information and make calculations with superhuman speed and accuracy. The character is an expert roboticist and strategist.

Ultron’s outer armor is usually composed of primarily adamantium, which is almost completely impervious to damage. (The first use of the term “adamantium” in Marvel Comics was made in reference to Ultron in Avengers #66, published in July 1969). Most Ultron units are powered by a small internal nuclear furnace and incorporate a “program transmitter” which can beam part or all of Ultron’s memory/personality system into other computer systems or duplicate robotic bodies. Ultron can also control other machines remotely. Ultron has occasionally reformed itself with a humanoid appearance above the waist and the appearance of a complex machine, including tractor beam apparatus for flight, below the waist. A later Ultron model developed hive-mind technology, allowing it to animate and control hundreds of alternate Ultron bodies simultaneously, although only the ‘prime’ Ultron was composed of adamantium while others were made of steel or secondary adamantium due to the lack of resources to give all the Ultrons adamantium bodies. Ultron also uses an internal molecular rearranger that renders the adamantium components of its workings more malleable and so have the ability to restructure his physical form. What circuitry Ultron has is carefully shielded to protect from damage, although the Scarlet Witch is capable of causing malfunctions with her hex power, Johnny Storm, using his nova burst, managed to damage Ultron’s internal circuits while his outer armor remained intact, and Wonder Man was once able to destroy an Ultron by throwing it so hard its internal systems were damaged.

So, yes.  Slightly tougher than the Vulture.




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  • IronMan3isaMess

    Anything is better than that wimp Loki. Hopefully this movie doesn’t suck as bad as the first.

    • HBICkellz

      Watch out everyone… we got an undercover DC cocksucker over here.

      • Sit There and Bleed

        What the hell does DC have to do with any of this?

        Watch out everyone, we got somebody who’s watched too many Cinemasins videos.

      • I Am Not Bruce Campbell,

        So somebody who doesn’t like one or two Marvel films is automatically labeled as both a stereotypical DC fanboy (Which isn’t really a bad thing to begin with) and a “Cocksucker” in your book?

        That’s some mature, grounded logic you have there.

      • Starfox210

        Why would anyone watch out for a DC fan?

        I love both DC and Marvel, like most people, but IM3 had problems. Does thinking that make me a cocksucker too? I must conform to Marvel only or else I’ll become some deformed degenerate in your eyes? Seriously dude, grow up.

      • Brenno

        it makes him a cocksucking troll if he says the avengers sucked in an avengers article comrade

      • Starfox210

        Doesn’t explain his random, unnecessary DC jab that came out of nowhere though.

      • Why Bother Anymore?

        Watch out everyone, we got another fanboy who thinks Marvel is a temple of perfection.

      • wiseup

        He never said that. Funny how you people take things so seriously. Loosen up. All three of you. And all the rest of you for taking this too seriously. LOL..

      • Why Bother Anymore?

        I know he didn’t say that, but do you not know the meaning of the word “Imply”?

        If he can imply somebody’s a “DC cocksucker” out of NOWHERE, then how exactly is implying that he’s probably a giant Marvel fanboy any different?

      • ZeldaGuideMe

        All three of you? I think you need to count how many people commented on that again.

    • Brenno

      the avengers sucked? TROLLOLOL Wipe the jizz dribbling from your lips

  • Agent777

    Wow, what a profound reason Mr Whedon. You are the Golden Cow of the comic book world.

    P.S.- As a Vulture fan, I can’t think of one time the Vulture has seriously fought the Avengers, he is a Spider-Man villain.

    • johnqpublic

      Whedon knows more about the Vulture and Spidey and Marvel in general than you do. Just deal with it.

      • SnakeInMyBoot1256

        And you’re proof of Whedon’s knowledge being superior is?

      • gtf0

        Same to you kid. For all I know you might be slow in the head. ijs.

  • Biscuit

    When was the last time Marvel or Guillermo Del Toro weren’t on the headlines of Collider? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of both, but it gets excessive. An average of two updates a day on a movie 3 years away.

    • meh

      Its the site’s job. They cant include somethings and not include others.

  • Dip

    “The latter ray also allows Ultron to mesmerize and mind-control victims, or implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a later time.”

    leads me to believe that Ultron will attempt to mind control the Hulk and/or Thor at some point to take on the other Avengers

    • Faptain America

      No doubt. We’ll likely see Iron Man and Ultron trading hand beams. Ultron’ll mind control the Hulk. Thor might be immune to that, which reminds me that Thor was underused in Avengers 1.

      In other news, Vin Diesel will probably play Ultron. I don’t see him playing Vision.

      And Captain America 2 will likely introduce or foreshadow Ultron’s emergence, according to this: http://www.slashfilm.com/interview-captain-america-the-winter-soldier-directors-promise-a-significant-shift-in-the-marvel-universe/

    • Derp

      Or it’s going to be used on Tony Stark for the post credits scene, to “revive” Ultron…

      • Faptain America

        How can Ultron use mind control if he’s dead?

      • Derp

        “implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a LATER time.” It would only need to occur anytime during the movie, and Tony Stark would rebuild Ultron.

      • Faptain America

        Point taken, they could make it work. In fact, I’d like to see them kill Ultron midway, only for Tony Stark to revive Ultron within Iron Man or something, such that the remaining Avengers now have to kill Iron Man. Perfect. I’m kind of sick of that character.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Cool idea, but probably won’t happen since RDJ is going to be in Avengers 3.

    • agniyo

      I say the first twenty or thirty minutes focus heavily on the extra development of Hawkeye that has been promised this time ’round. Then Ultron shows up and immediately mind-controls him.

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  • FE

    Now, I know the Avengers villain line up is far more limited than say the X-men bunch, but c’mon. I really like what they are doing with the new animated series & the team up of Red Skull & MODOK & had hoped they would be going that direction with this sequel, I guess not, not yet anyways

    • RedMercury

      Personally, I’m excited about the team-up of Red Skull and Doctor Doofenshmirtz. But that’s just me.

  • Person

    Any chance Vin Diesel is voicing/mo-capping Ultron? Or was his involvement strictly with Guardians of the Galaxy? Can’t really remember.

    • I Love Lamp

      More likely he’s playing Vision, who on occasion has been part of Ultron’s mythology.

      There’s rumors JARVIS gets uploaded into Ultron and that’s when it all starts hitting the fan…

      • Person

        Interesting, thanks. Not very well versed in Avengers lore or second-and-third-tier Marvel characters, so a lot of these names are new. But the Jarvis idea sounds fantastic, Whedon has said he wanted to make this film more intimate and personal and that seems like a great way to do it.

  • Django9000

    In Whedon I trust.

  • isakglasses

    i think Jarvis will be ultron,but if so he shouldn’t be Vin diesel, Paul bettany finally needs to get some cred for all his marvel work and he could do the mo-cap .plus alot more meaning if its tony stark to create him coz they are friends and jarvis has seen all the stuff tony and the avengers have been through,plus he knows tony’s doubts about humanity and his fellow avengers

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