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Published On: Thu, Jan 29th, 2015

Joss Whedon on ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ villain, killing an Avenger, first TV spot

While previewing his upcoming blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon discussed his robot villain, voiced by James Spader, adding more villains and killing off an Avenger. Marvel also dropped the first TV spot for the film, so check it out below.

In speaking with Empire, Whedon detailed how they are shaping James Spader’s Ultron for the movie: “I’m having a blast with Ultron. He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.”

In addition to Ultron and his minions of robots, there are other villains and characters being added for the second Avengers film.

avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer photo“I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that. But last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”

“I couldn’t imagine doing this again. It’s enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make Avengers 3 & 4], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers.”

Whedon hints at another death of a main character.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that Ultron is right. The Avengers need to die.”

avengers-age-of-ultron-image-james spader“I’m always joking about that. Um…maybe?… But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies.”

Comic book movie has scans from the new Empire magazine, check them out HERE

The film stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) with Bettany (Vision), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Andy Serkis and James Spader (Ultron).

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.

Avengers Age of Ultron Empire magazine cover Ultron cover

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