age of ultron

The second biggest piece of news to break from the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con was, without doubt, the announcement that the sequel to The Avengers would be called The Avengers: Age of Ultron—which also confirmed that the villain for the film would indeed be the robo-baddie Ultron (the first biggest piece of news? The Bats Vs. Supes film).   The announcement led to a lot of cheers from the comic book crowd, but everyone else was scratching their heads about what the hell an Ultron was.  Well, Joss Whedon has begun to explain why Ultron was selected.

Ultron, for those who don’t know, is a robotic villain made of adamantium (you know, the indestructible metal that coats Wolverine’s bones), and he’s also something of a prick, and a repeated thorn in the collective side of The Avengers, hence his selection as Big Bad, according to a Whedon interview with Total Film.

“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.”

So there you have, non-comic fans: he’s better than Vulture (hey, we didn’t say this was going to be a hugely revelatory news piece, did we?).  But still, we’re awfully excited.

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

What do you think of the Ultron news?