After blowing everyone's minds with 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', writer and director Joss Whedon explains why the movie won't follow the comic-book…
Despite a rather shocking announcement from DC at the San Diego Comic-Con, it looks as though Marvel might have stolen the show with the reveal of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. If you're a fan of the comic-book, you'll no doubt realise that this is the same title as a recent Marvel mini-series… But writer and director Joss Whedon is quick to point out that the Avengers sequel will have nothing to do with the comic of the same name… So why did he pilfer its title?
In an interview with some of the folks at Marvel Entertainment, Joss Whedon explained that despite featuring Ultron as the big, bad villain, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' won't be sticking to the comic-book plot.
"There was a book called 'Age of Ultron' quite recently," Whedon explained. "A lot of people have assumed that is what we're doing, but that is not the case."
This will surely come as a blow to fans of the comic-book series, but to be honest, that was rather inevitable. For one thing, Marvel doesn't own the rights to all of the characters present in the comic-book… and we all know that Marvel Studios have been rather good at taking the baseline stories and adding their own theatrical twists.
But what about Ultron's creator, Hank Pym? Will he be showing up in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'? Apparently, it seems not…
"We're doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron," Whedon continued. "In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he was gonna be in the mix… well he's not. We're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."
"We're crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about…"
And this is where it gets really interesting… The extremely short promo video shown at Comic-Con featured "what looked like Iron Man's mask being smashed into something else… that then turns into the classic Ultron mask."
Could this be a hint that the movie-version of Ultron will actually be created by Tony Stark?
If you ask me, it's definitely a possibility… especially considering that Stark has already been known to dabble with robotic AI as seen with J.A.R.V.I.S. But could there be more to it than that?
One popular theory is that Ultron could be a corrupted version of J.A.R.V.I.S. himself… but whether that will actually happen remains to be seen. I have to admit, the thought that Tony Stark could be Ultron's creator certainly makes a lot of sense… especially considering that Iron Man has become the poster boy for Marvel's Avengers. But leaving out Ant-Man? That definitely leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
What do you think of Ultron's origin? Should Tony Stark create the iconic Avengers villain? Or should Ant-Man show up? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of Marvel's Phase Two. His favourite Marvel film is 'Avengers Assemble' and he still thinks he can someday make his very own Iron Man suit. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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