age of ultron

While it may not have been the single biggest bit of information released at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con (that title is reserved for the upcoming Batman and Superman film), the news that The Avengers sequel will be titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron and will feature Ultron as its Big Bad was certainly the biggest bomb dropped at the Marvel panel at the Con.  And now, as the smoke has begun to clear, we have some new information on the upcoming film.

Now, many have assumed that since the robotic villain Ultron is created by Hank Pym (a.k.a., Ant-Man) in the comics, Age of Ultron would be Pym’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  However, /Film is reporting that Joss Whedon has already ruled that out, stating Ultron’s origins will be altered for the film:

Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.

We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.

Whedon also stated that Hawkeye—who, let’s face it, was a major, major dud in the first Avengers film—will have an increased role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for a May 1, 2015 release date.

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