With Age of Ultron just months away, director Joss Whedon teased a number of new details in an interview with Yahoo! Movies, including his attempt to spoil the “unhinged climax,” the possibility of an Avenger romance & details about how the new characters fit into the story. While the filmmaker didn’t necessarily intend for the sequel to be larger than its predecessor, Whedon explains that is exactly what happened . . .
“Avengers: Age of Ultron got larger than the first film. I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.”
There have been rumors that sequel ends with a new team of Avengers leading into the first Phase Three. The movie does introduce Quicksilver ( Aaron Taylor-Johnson ) and Scarlet Witch ( Elizabeth Olsen ), whom the director claims were needed in this sequel, while also confirming that hundreds of Ultrons will appear in the Avengers’ massive final battle.
“I knew before I made the first film that Ultron needed be in the second one, along with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as well.”
“I approach a story by thinking what I need to see? You know they fight Ultron. You know Ultron tens to build hundreds of Ultrons. So that’s going to lead you in a certain direction, but the hard work is making sure everyone feels serviced and integrated.”
“The biggest thing for me is going deeper with the characters. The troupe I had from the first movie is so amazing that I want to get in their heads, and this movie lets me do that in a way I couldn’t in the first one. Now that people accept the reality where Thor, Iron Man and all these guys hang out, I can bend that reality.
I’ve got Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and they have very different ways of looking at the world, the Avengers and different powers. So we can go to a place that we didn’t have access to the first time.”
He also adds that the sequel is largely an adventure film, but it also combines elements of action, western war, horror and romance as well.
“To me, adventure film is the best way to put it. Then science fiction, action, western, war, woman’s picture, horror movie. I’m not kidding; every single one of those things is in there.”
The director adds that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, “have a great deal to do” in the film, while Ruffalo teased that Bruce Banner may be “finding love at some point.” You may recall there was a scene in the trailer where both Hulk and Black Widow had a moment, which some believe will lead to a possible romance.
“The whole movie is a process of changing everything and keeping everything the same. You want to hit all the things that made people love the first movie, but you also want to make something new or why are you here. I don’t want to make The Avengers again. With the ending it was important for me that we felt a progression. We didn’t just feel, no problem, we cleaned that up! because that’s an episode of television. That’s not a film. This film, there’s more at stake and we take that seriously.”