Both Ant-Man and Ultron will be appearing on the big screen in 2015, but they won’t be doing so together. Joss Whedon surprised everyone when he finally revealed the villain for his Avengers sequel in the film’s title Avengers: Age of Ultron. What was even more shocking was that the Marvel mastermind wouldn’t be including Ant-Man, the creator of said villain, in his film. But both he and Edgar Wright, who’s directing the upcoming Ant-Man, seemed to be on the same page, as the latter revealed that Ultron wouldn’t be a factor in his film.
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.
Wright defended his choice to not include Ultron by saying that one “cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie.”
“When I was younger I used to love Tim Burton’s Batman. I was like 15 and even then I was aware, ‘This is really the Joker’s film.’ It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn too much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing.”
According to Wright, the key here is “streamlining.” In order to make a successful origin story, the focus must be narrow.
While we don’t know much about his Ant-Man movie, Wright is making it clear that the film will be an origin story. Perhaps Ultron will make his way into the Ant-Man films later on in a potential sequel.
What do you think? Are you disappointed that Ultron won’t appear in Wright’s Ant-Man movie?