During Marvel Studios’ panel at Comic-Con 2013, the brief presentation involved Joss Whedon coming on stage and revealing the title for The Avengers sequel with a short bit of teaser footage and the official logo.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron places the spotlight on a new villain joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe but Ultron isn’t the only new key character joining the ensemble.
Speaking with EW, Whedon explains why he Ultron was a great pick for him to serve as the primary antagonist of The Avengers 2.
“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.”
If you’re wondering, Who is Ultron? First off, he’s actually a creation of sorts. Ultron was created by Dr. Henry Pym, who we will find out in November of 2015, is also Ant-Man. Pym was experimenting with sentient robots, when he succeeded a bit more than he’d hoped.
Ultron became self-aware by using Pym’s own brain waves, and while he inherited Pym’s superior intelligence, he didn’t take on any of his compassion and his brain was instantly filled with hatred for his creator. Ultron would rebuild himself multiple times, and every time he rebuilt himself, he would become stronger.
Once Ultron became a supervillain, he decided to recruit a group of Avengers villains which would eventually form the Masters of Evil. If you haven’t figured it out yet, Ultron is a fairly big deal in the Marvel universe. He eventually rebuilt himself so many times that he was powerful enough that he could take over the entire world.
The only difference in his origin story, in the movie will be that instead of being created by Ant-man, he will be created by Iron man.
Two new character’s will also be added in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, that being the brother-sister act of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
The Scarlet Witch’s powers will involve magic, perhaps she has something to do with Ultron’s creation since in the Ultimate comics they do share an interesting romantic relationship – and it’s her who makes one of the Ultron robots learn emotion. It’s also that very same robot that ends up killing Scarlet Witch so it’ll be interesting to see just how intense The Avengers will get with Whedon promising to “twist the knife” and vaguely teasing “death” when referring to his script. Elizabeth Olsen is rumored to play the Scarlet Witch, and Qiuck silver is rumored to be played by Kick Ass’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the mutant children of X-Men villain Magneto, and Quicksilver will be appearing in the X-Men: Days of Future. Bryan Singer tweeted the casting announcement that Evan Peters (American Horror Story) would be playing Quicksilver in his own film. This begs the question whether the same Quicksilver will appear in the Age of Ultron or both personas of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, will be different in both the films.
Release dates for Marvel’s movies : Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017