Joss Whedon Seoul apology

You said that the movie is much bigger this time around. So…how much bigger?

I don’t remember saying it was bigger. I remember saying it was harder. But it is bigger. The cast is bigger. The scope is bigger. We have more to work with. Not that we’re trying to spend more. In fact, we’re trying to avoid bloat wherever possible. But with this, we’re on a broader canvas. We’re in more countries. We have a bigger world to work with, and a bigger world for them just to be in. Once they exist as a team, we have to deal with what everybody thinks about that, and what that means to the world. So it’s not as simple as it was.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Tony Stark with an Ultron prototype in his lab

Is there a kind of a Dr. Frankenstein’s monster thing happening with Tony Stark and Ultron?

You know, in the Marvel universe, there are a lot of Frankensteins. Steve Rogers himself, is one of the better-looking Frankensteins of our era. There’s always an element to that. There are a lot of people, whether they’re trying to do good or bad, who think they have the next big idea. And the next big idea is usually a very bad one.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Hulk

You talked in the past about how the Hulk is probably one of the harder characters to adapt into a live-action film. How do you handle him getting a bigger role in this film?

[Hulk’s] monologue about his childhood is very poignant and lacks pronouns. No. Um, you know, the talking thing is something that I sort of pitch it and I take it away. It’s moment to moment. Done wrong, it could kill ya. So, I’m pretty leery about that. But Banner has a significant role, and the Hulk,  we really held back on him for a long while in the first one. And said, there’s something terrible coming that you’ll love. And what just what makes the Hulk so hard to write is that you’re pretending he’s a werewolf when he’s a superhero. You want to — you want it vice versa. You want to see him, Banner doesn’t want to see him, but you don’t want Banner to be that guy who gets in the way of you seeing him. So the question is, how has he progressed? How can we bring changes on what the Hulk does? And that’s not just in the screenplay. That’s moment to moment, because even when they are putting in post mix and temp mix you know, they have a library of two roars. “Aaarrgh! Uuurrgh!” What if he wasn’t roaring? I’m angry, and I’m not roaring. I’m being very polite to a lot of reporters, but I’m filled with rage.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Quicksilver in action

You brought in Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and you have the Vision. That’s like a second team, like Hakweye and Captain America in the old comics days. And they’re not mutants now. Are you bringing them in with the age of miracles? Is there an explanation for them besides “war technology”?

Baron Strucker’s been doing experiments, and he’s got the scepter, and he’s been using alien tech to do them. It’s kind of where I landed with that. But look for an exciting ret-con in Avengers 6!

Avengers Age of Ultron

In terms of coming back for a sequel, now you’ve worked with this cast and you’ve had that first experience. Does that help you find the voice the second time around? Are things that you knew that you wanted to do specifically because of the actors?

Yeah. I mean, most of them had already played the parts before even the first one, and it’s hard not to hear Robert Downey in your head. He’s very distinctive. It’s been easier for me to give them what they are comfortable with, and also to let them sort of mold stuff a little bit, you know? There are certain things where I’m like, if you want to make this more your own in some way that I haven’t thought of yet, I’m — you know. We have mutual trust, where if I say, I know this feels weird, but I need it. And they will back me. And if they say, I feel like I could come at this differently, I will back them, because we’re creating those characters together, and they will always see something that I missed. A  there. Especially when all ten of them are in a room. You know? I’ve got all of these enormously interesting actors playing enormously interesting characters.  I’m not going to get every nuance of everybody. And somebody will say, wait a minute. Aren’t I dead already in this scene? Should I have so many lines? Right, good point. Sorry.

By the way, don’t — please don’t turn that into a headline. I’m so sick of reading about killing people. [LAUGHS] A joke. Um…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Where’s does Wanda fall in the tradition of the strong but somewhat damaged-by-powers characters that you’ve written in the past, like Buffy?

Well, you know, “strong but damaged by power” describes every person in this movie. It may, in fact, describe what the movie is about. You know, the more power that we have, the less human we are. Her damage pre-dates her power, and these kids they’ve had a rough history. Is she in an idiom with which I am comfortable? Why, yes sir, she is. [LAUGHS]

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver

We’ve gotten a glimpse of Wanda and Pietro, and we know that Iron Man and the Hulk are kind of tied together. Was it a very organic way to bring those 2 stories together? I feel they are almost separate stories in a lot of ways.

They did, and that was a concern for Marvel for a long time, but a lot of the working out of the story was how do we get these things to connect. I’m not going to explain that, but it’s very important to me that they do feel like part of the same story, and part of the same universe. And they’re all… All their origins are all tied up in each other.

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