Chatting with EW, filmmaker Joss Whedon's talking about the big bad in his superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron".
The sequel DOES NOT follow the Age of Ultron comics storyline--in which the big bad Ultron was created by Hank Pym who becomes Ant-Man. James Spader will both voice Ultron, and he'll have to do some kind of motion-capture as well--This news puts to rest the most popular theory suggesting that Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr,) robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) operating system from the Iron Man Films would turn into the villain.
Marvel vets RDJ, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Scarlett Johansson Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders are all back Two time Iron Man co-star Don Cheadle is involved this time out according to USA Today. Bettany will appear on screen as The Vision an android created by Ultron as a weapon to be used against the Avengers. Vision can fire beams of radiation and turn invisible--the character ultimately turned the tables on Ultron and became an Avengers member himself.
Whedon says: "It's our new Frankenstein myth. We create something in our own image and the thing turns on us. It has that pain of 'Well, why was I made? I want to kill Daddy'."
Whedon also discussed how the Ultron in the pic differs from other robot characters portrayed on screen:
"I don't remember seeing an artificial-intelligence movie where the robot is bonkers - the most emotionally unstable person in the film - and who has the knowledge of 3,000 years of recorded history and who is a pouty teen, all at the same time."
The comments follow recent remarks he made to Fandango in which he says the emotional volatility extends well beyond the artificial characters of the movie:
"'Strong but damaged by power' describes every person in this movie. It may, in fact, describe what the movie is about. You know, the more power that we have, the less human we are. In the Marvel universe, there's a lot of Frankensteins. Steve Rogers himself, one of the better-looking Frankensteins of our era. There's a lot of people whether they're trying to do good or bad, who think they have the next big idea. And the next big idea is usually a very bad one."
Meantime Ruffalo spoke with Total Film magazine (via CBM) this week and says the film "is really big" and still has "lots of laughs" for those concerned that the flick is going to be too dark.
Speaking about his character of Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk, he suggests he may have a hand in the creation of the film's titular villain and discusses what happens to him both psychologically and romantically:
"Banner's been living in Stark Tower. They [he and Tony] have been working side by side and Bruce has his own lab now. He's doing work that augments Tony's own, which could lead to an experiment going wrong...His relationship with Natasha deepens. There's something similar about the two of them. I see them as lost souls. They're kindred in some ways. He does feel more comfortable with himself. His confidence is getting better. But, you know, that gets shaken. His ability to handle the Hulk really gets thrown into question in this film. The hard part is coming back. Hulk doesn't want to cede his place. It's much harder to come back from being Hulk than it is to get into him. I think there's a whole other chapter we haven't seen yet where you find the other nuances within him. The battle of identity going on between him and Banner is all about establishing dominance. The only thing that Hulk is really afraid of is Banner. That's an interesting dynamic."
TV's Hulk Lou Ferrigno has confirmed
that he'll return to do the voice of the big guy in the sequel.
Ferrigno has said four words as the character so far - "Hulk
Smash" in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and "Puny God" in "The Avengers".
Thomas Kretschmann has landed the role of 2nd bad guy Baron von Strucker. In the comics, the seemingly immortal Strucker is one of the leaders of Hydra, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers He seemingly beat out rumored candidates Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott who were being considered for the BvS role. The character will have Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) apparently working for him in the sequel (American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters plays a different incarnation of the speedy superhero in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--in a very cool sequence in the film). Korean actress Soo-hyun Kim will play a bad gal role.
Idris Elba who plays Heimdall in the Thor films, confirmed to The Telegraph that he and fellow Thor star Tom Hiddleston [Loki] will both appear in the pic
Radar Online has an unidentified source that claims that RDJ was campaigning to get his pals Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster a role in the movie.
Latino Review has posted what appears to be details about the film's opening 15-20 minutes (SPOILERS).
movie shot in South Korea, South Africa, Bangladesh, Italy, and the
United Kingdom. Post-production on the 'Avengers 2' continues to meet a
release date of May 1, 2015.
Additional filming on the movie is scheduled to take place in January.