When Joss Whedon announced that Ultron would be the villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans were a little bit confused as to how the villain would be established. The character was originally created by Hank Pym aka Ant-Man, and that film doesn’t appear until after The Avengers sequel. Whedon cleared up the confusion by saying that this would be an origins story. But if you still think that Pym will get his hands on the Ultron tech, think again.
Director Edgar Wright took some time to explain why we won’t be seeing Ultron in Ant-Man.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Wright says that there needs to be a balance of character establishment, and that the film would ultimately be about Ant-Man, not Ultron. Here’s the full quote:
“It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think ‘Iron Man’ is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.
You know, when I was younger I used to love Tim Burton’s ‘Batman.’ I was like 15 and even then I was aware, ‘This is really the Joker’s film.’ It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn too much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It’s impossible.”
Of course not all purists and hardcore fans are welcoming the changes with open arms. But Wright has been working on this film for quite some time and has even made some changes so that Ant-Man could fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe properly. Plus, this is Edgar Wright, the guy behind the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, so I’d like to think that he knows what he’s doing.
[Source: Huffington Post]