In Marvel comics canon, the villainous robot Ultron is the creation of scientist/superhero Hank Pym (AKA, Ant-Man). So many fans raised an eyebrow when it was revealed that 'Avengers: Age of Ultron would see the team facing down the villain months before Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' arrived in theaters (and, that Ant-Man wouldn't be a part of 'Avengers 2'). However, there's a very simple reason why Ultron is making his first cinematic appearance in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and not 'Ant-Man' -- Wright never intended for Pym's nemesis to be in the film in the first place.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who's currently making the press rounds for his upcoming superhero flick 'Kick-Ass 2,' has been eyed by Marvel to take on the role of Quicksilver in Joss Whedon's upcoming 'The Avengers 2,' dubbed 'Age of Ultron.' Now, though, the casting process has moved ahead, as the star revealed he's already spoken with Whedon and the Marvel team about tackling the speedster role.
Joss Whedon's announcement at San Diego Comic-Con that his 'Avengers 2' takes its official title from the 'Age of Ultron' comics sent an explosion of excitement throughout the buzzing Hall H, but apparently this plan was in the works for months prior. As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reiterated a point Whedon made, the movie won't follow the classic storyline and Ultron origin, instead utilizing plot points from various 'Avengers' adventures.
In the early days of the Marvel movie universe, Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson was the glue tying all of the films together. It all culminated with 'The Avengers,' where his links to each team member helped drive the story and connect each hero together. However, with the Marvel movies now sustaining themselves, he's become a luxury, not a requirement: everyone's favorite government official will not be in 'The Avengers 2,' now titled 'Age of Ultron.'
The immediate reaction following the Comic-Con 2013 reveal of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' was excitement...followed shortly thereafter by lots and lots of questions. In his only interview after Marvel's Comic-Con panel, Joss Whedon answers your questions about 'Avengers 2' and explains what he has in store for Ultron and the sequel.
If you weren't able to attend Comic-Con 2013 this weekend (or if you were there and didn't make it to Hall H on Saturday), you can now view the entire Marvel panel online and catch everything you missed, including 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' and the announcement of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.'