Avengers: Age of Ultron: Hawkeye running through a snow-covered forrest

In phase two, Hawkeye wasn’t around too much, and I’m curious if we’re gonna find out what he’s been up to in this film?

Um, yeah. We are. ‘Cause something’s up with that boy. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Ultron: "there are no strings on me"

For Ultron you have Spader, who has an incredible presence, which I imagine lends itself to the character quite well. Just how is he acting in a general scene amongst humans?

You mean Spader himself?

Well, and the character of Ultron.

Well, Ultron feels a certain distance from humanity, and the day Spader got here we put on the mocap pajamas, a giant thing with red dots on it for his eye line, giant pack, and a helmet with two cameras in his face with lights to record his performance, he then did a scene with Scarlet. But not look him in the eye because she was looking up in his eye line, and nor could he see her because he had two lights shining in his face, and he had his glasses on.

Therefore, he has a certain distance from humanity, too. And god bless him, he was wonderful. And very game. He has been the whole time. Very interested in the mechanics, to find the humanity. He and I share a genuine love of this version of Ultron, and he has an innate eccentricity in delivery that is everything that I had hoped Ultron would be.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

How is he different from other villains you’ve seen in super hero movies?

You know, for me, there’s always a point where I’m writing where [I go], you know, they’re right! The Avengers sucked! Got to do something about that. We got to take care of these guys. Hopefully, you will come out of this, if not agreeing with him, [at least] getting him, and getting his pain, which leads to a lot of damage, and some humor, and how’s he different. I mean, villains are different from each other. The important thing for me is he’s not this external thing. He’s not Independence Day. I’m not criticizing that movie, but I’m saying that it’s not like we spent some time on the alien going, oh, I hate that Will Smith! Punched me right in the face! The first day there! When he’s in his scenes, you want to feel like he will never understand that he’s not the hero.


With Quicksilver, did the X-Men version of Quicksilver change your visual approach to anything?

Not really. There are some things that we now would probably care to avoid just so that we’re not… But we were never doing the same version. Obviously at some point we’ll go into slow mo because that’s what’s fun about a super speedy guy. For me, what’s fun about Quicksilver isn’t necessarily seeing Quicksilver, it’s seeing the Avengers the way he does. And, they really took to the mattresses with that one scene, but he’s just a very different guy in ours and I think we’re just kind of proceeding as planned.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Incredible Hulk vs. Iron Man in Hulkbuster suit

Can you talk about the filmmaker vision and working within a big budget studio film. What is that like for you, working with Marvel? Is there a “you can’t say that or do that” mentality?

Well I’m aware of can’t do that or say that. I know that I work for Disney. I want children to see this film and not have nightmares about it. I understand the parameters, and at the same time, I don’t know of a place that would let me make a film this personal for this much money. Marvel, I feel like they treat the movies, or they have, for me, my experience of it, like they treat comic books, where when a new writer and artist comes, they have their own visual ideas and they, they respect that …. I get to make a movie that’s very much about the things I need to talk about. I forget that during the whole process because these characters are so dear to me from before, and they belong to them. But then when the thing shakes out it’s very much the movie I dreamed of, and that’s why I’m back.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Black Widow

When making The Avengers, you knew right away that Ultron’s gonna be the guy. The same with Vision. The twins as well. Are you already trying to plan out in your mind that every character leads to something else. Are you already thinking big ideas for how stuff will connect down the road?

There comes a point when you are writing, filming and editing, and you cannot make a grocery list. I haven’t had a good idea about anything. I’m so excited that I’m wearing underwear, that I got that right today. Every now and then, it’ll happen, but right now we’re just past the halfway point, and I’m still finessing and finessing and finessing, and I got nothing. So it’s I do this, I go home, I rewrite, I go to sleep. I do this, I go home, I rewrite, I go to sleep.


Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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