Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by Germain Lussier
The character Ultron is going to be much different on screen than he is in the comic books. In the comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) and that won’t be the case in the movies. (Rumor is Tony Stark might have a role in Ultron’s creation.) He’s also going to be less powerful and more grounded.
Joss Whedon, who wrote and will direct the character in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly, discussing how he plans to make Ultron, a self-aware and nearly all-powerful robotic being, into a viable villain.
In the comics, Ultron can pretty much do anything. Imagine a robotic Superman. However, when choosing Ultron to be the villain in Avengers 2, Whedon realized if the character was too powerful, he wouldn’t be very interesting. Here’s what the director said to Entertainment Weekly about how he’s handling Ultron:
I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.
He continued by saying, much like Hulk, it was a challenge to keep the character himself but also make him relatable. Whedon said “As a character I love [Ultron],” because he’s so pissed off.”
Whedon is on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly so there will surely be more from him soon in regards to the character and sequel. Do you think this sounds like the correct approach?