Trying to live up to the 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers” is no easy task, especially if you’re the person who set the bar. Writer/director Joss Whedon has had to focus long and hard to find a suitable and interesting villain to tackle “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” That villain is Ultron.
Created by scientist and Avenger Dr. Henry Pym (Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Yellowjacket,) Ultron is a criminally insane rogue sentient robot dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity. He has a range of abilities which include super-human strength, speed, stamina, durability, flight, mind control, a coma ray and a genius intellect. Unfortunately, Pym will not be part of Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So, which lucky character will create the lethal automaton in the sequel?
As far as the villain is concerned, Whedon has decided to hold back a little and humanize — to some degree — the angry bot.
“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”
Here is the storyline for the film.
As the U.S. Government creates a force, known as Ultron, The Avengers are told their services will no longer be required. When Ultron turns against humanity, it’s time for The Avengers to assemble once again for their most dangerous challenge ever.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Cobie Smulders. Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay based on the characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Joss Whedon directs.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly, marvel.com, IMDb