Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

SDCC News: ‘Avengers 2’ will be called ‘Avengers Age of Ultron,’ not based on comic

Marvel announced at their Comic-Con panel that the sequel to The Avengers will be called The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The popular story arc, Age of Ultron,  in the comics is a Terminator-style plot which sends Wolverine and Invisible Woman back in time to kill Henry Pym (aka Ant-Man) before he can create Ultron. 

the-avengers-2-age-of-ultron-logoDirector Joss Whedon has now confirmed a different story for the film. “We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.”

The video announcement was a trailer of quotes presented by Whedon. Metal is hammered during the clip with the final quote being Nick Fury telling Maria Hill that the group of Avengers will be coming back together when they world will need them.  The camera then pulls out to reveal Ultron’s helmet and the title card: The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Ultron has always been the dream Avengers villain for Whedon, who said he discussed Ultron with Marvel for The Avengers 2 before he even signed on to direct The Avengers

“A lot of people—because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book, Age of Ultron just recently—assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case.  We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.  The other thing is, in the origin story, there was Hank Pym.  So a lot of people assumed that he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not.   Because 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.  Ultron was their chief villain.  He’s been the Avengers villain for so long.  I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie.  We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about.”

Whedon says the sequel is darker, more sci-fi, and will take the Avengers around the world:

“It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction element that I think is a bit stronger than the other film… It is very much a global Avengers film.  A lot of the movie has to do with their place, not just in America, but in the world.”

Finally, Whedon has bigger plans for Hawkeye in Age of Ultron:

“Part of the fun for me this time around is writing Hawkeye.  Because he did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around scowly for most of the movie last time.  So now it’s nice to actually have the character there and really see him interact with the other guys.”

Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Mark Ruffalo are all expected to return.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.



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