Joss Whedon talks Avengers 2. Bond style opening, nerfing Ultron and more

Back in April, Empire magazine went on the set of Age of Ultron and interviewed Whedon. Here are just a few interesting points I picked out.


First of all, he relates Age of Ultron to being like Godfather II.

-it is a huge touchstone for me because you get everything you got from the first Godfather movie in a very different movie, in a movie that structurally couldn’t be more different, and thematically and in intent and in mood, and yet nobody ever goes, ‘It wasn’t Godfathery enough.’

This is great news for me. From what we’ve seen from the trailers, while still looking BLOODY awesome, Age of Ultron seems to be a lot of the same that we saw in the first Avengers movie in terms of action. So it’s nice to hear that it will have a different tone without feeling too different to the first. He goes on to say;

“-a richer, deeper, darker movie is not a bad thing.”

I couldn’t agree more.

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So apparently there will be a pre-credits sequence at the start of the movie.

“There is a pre-credit Bondian blow-out. The James Bond theme has come up more than a few times,”

Personally I love those kinds of pre-credit sequences, especially comic style ones like Casino Royal and the beginning of the credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He goes on to say;

“-mainly because the locations are so beautiful and in particular the opening location is really stunning.” 

I can’t really see how you could convey such beautiful location in an animated comic sequence so we probably won’t be getting that style, but we’ll see.


When it came to the title villain, Ultron, Whedon said the following;

“-we had to make him slightly less omnipotent because he’d win. Bottom line.” 

Make no mistake Ultron will kick ass, but from what I’ve gathered he’s traditionally way over powered so it makes sense to handle it this way. What’s really surprising/interesting to me is something he said earlier in the interview talking about Ultron’s comedic side, relating him to Loki;

“The comedy is always a huge thing for me. Tom Hiddleston is hilarious. Hiddleston can turn on a dime, which is my favourite thing. He can be absolutely apocalyptic and then, ‘Um, point of order?’ Ultron has the same thing. He is very different, obviously, in his rhythms and his concepts, but for me it’s a guy who’s that angry and who hates the Avengers that much and is also a robot and is therefore going to have every issue that a robot’s going to have with humanity anyway…there’s a lot to play there.”

I highly recommend that you read the full interview over on Empire Magazine (check out my source below) it’s a cracker of a read.

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Joss Whedon talks Avengers 2. Bond style opening, nerfing Ultron and more

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