Empire Magazine just released a preview of their 300th edition: entitled The Director’s Cut. And in this director-fueled issue, Empire talks to Joss Whedon about the sequel’s abundance of characters, its villain, and the shooting locations.
First and foremost, it is important to point that the amount of villains in The Avengers sequel has increased drastically; the mid-credit scene (sort-of SPOILER) after Captain America: The Winter Soldier revealed Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) with an imprisoned Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). From this clip, one can speculate that Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch may start as villains; in fact, the siblings were briefly introduced as villains in the 1960s X-Men comics. On top of this, there is the titled villain, Ultron, whom comic fans know is the Avengers biggest threat to date: so how will the sequel balance all of these villains in one movie? Well according to Whedon, each character is fleshed out and has a purpose: “I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that. But last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”
Second, Joss Whedon talked about the state of Ultron: “I’m having a blast with Ultron! He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.” I have never been a huge follower of the Avengers comics: my expertise is in X-Men, Batman, and weirdly The Punisher. But after last year’s announcement, I did tons of research and Ultron is going to be one of the most enticing comic book villains to grace the big screen.
Last, Whedon talks about the sequel’s change of location; Avengers: Age of Ultron has established a production base in England. And like New York in the original, he plans to use the visual appeal of the UK to boost the story. “The number of different looks and textures and moods we’re getting from the British locations is stupid awesome because this, palette-wise, is very different. I’m trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird.”
Now it seems that Age of Ultron is going to be very different than its predecessor, which is a good thing. While I am not a huge fan of The Avengers, the sequel’s Empire Strikes Back feel has me utterly excited for May 1, 2015. For more information on Avengers: Age of Ultron or other movie news, continue to read Film Class Junkies. Until then, enjoy the Ultron’s origin video from Watch Mojo.