Monday, July 22, 2013

Enter the 'Age of Ultron' in 'Avengers 2'

At its San Diego Comic-Con 2013 panel on Saturday, Marvel Studios dished on the title of its "Avengers" sequel. The film, slated for the summer of 2015, will be titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Writer/director and all-around Marvel Studio media maven Joss Whedon came onstage at the end of the panel and introduced the logo for the film, as well as an image of Ultron's head.

To be clear, though, Whedon said that the film would not follow the "Age of Ultron" storyline that spanned a number of comics and is scheduled to be released in trade paperback form on Sept. 4.

Whedon said:
A lot of people, because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book called Age of Ultron recently, assumed that was the storyline we were doing which is not the case. We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.

A lot of stuff has to fall by the way side. Ultron was their chief villain when I read the book. He has been THE Avengers villain for so long, I was amazed anybody was surprised it was going to be him in a movie. But we're sort of crafting our own version of it, where his origin comes more from The Avengers that we already know about it.
In the comics, Ultron is the creation of Hank Pym, a scientist who is also Ant-Man (and Giant-Man, and Goliath, and Yellowjacket, and yes -- for a brief time -- even the Wasp). Ultron's body is made of the indestructible material adamantium, the same as Wolverine's claws.

Of course, Ant-Man's own movie won't debut until after "Avengers 2."

Ultron is also the creator of the "synthezoid" The Vision, whom in the comics it tries to use as a weapon to destroy the Avengers. The Vision is rumored to appear in "Avengers 2," played by Vin Diesel. That is, of course, strictly a rumor.

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