Joss Whedon Talks Age of Ultron

Some lucky movie bloggers and reporters, including people from ScreenCrush and SlashFilm, recently got to spend time with and interview Joss Whedon on the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And while not much was said by any of them about the scene that was shot while they were there, it can definitely be said that it involved Vision, played by Paul Bettany. According to Joss Whedon, he “wanted Paul to play this part since before I wanted to make Avengers movies. He’s just got, let’s face it, it’s about cheek bones, people.”

He also had early plans for the sequel, saying that “before I took the first job, I said, well, I don’t know if I’m right for this, or if I want it, or you want me, but in the second one, the villain has to be Ultron, and he has to create the Vision, and that has to be pulled by me.” Unsure about whether he was right for the job, Whedon immediately went to work to see if he could come up with something when his agent called with the offer. “I went to a pub and sat down with my notebook, and about forty-five minutes later, my notebook was filled. And I texted my agent ‘yup’ and I have so many things to say and I was kind of surprised. It took me unaware. It was very beautiful.“ And many of those ideas have found their way into the sequel now, even though he wasn’t sure whether he would actually want to make it, seeing as he was “ragged” from working on the first Avengers film.

Whedon is also very enthusiastic about the introduction of the other new characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. “They’re from my era, they’re very different, their powers are different, it’s not all punching, it gives a different palette and we can do more interesting things.” He also explained that the version of Quicksilver in this movie will differ from the one we saw introduced in X-Men: Days of Future Past. “We were never doing the same version. Obviously at some point we’ll go into slow mo because that’s what’s fun about a super speedy guy. For me, what’s fun about Quicksilver isn’t necessarily seeing Quicksilver, it’s seeing the Avengers the way he does. […] But he’s just a very different guy in ours.” Whedon also has an explanation ready for where Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and Vision came from: “Baron Strucker’s been doing experiments, and he’s got the scepter, and he’s been using alien tech to do them.”

So what about the titular villain in Part 2, Ultron, played by James Spader? “Ultron feels a certain distance from humanity,” says Whedon, and  explains that all the technology going into the creation of the character means that the actor himself “has a certain distance from humanity, too. And god bless him, he was wonderful. And very game. He has been the whole time. Very interested in the mechanics, to find the humanity.” Whedon also hopes that “you will come out of this, if not agreeing with him, [at least] getting him, and getting his pain, which leads to a lot of damage, and some humor, and how he’s different.”

Prompted about the absence of Hawkeye in the universe’s movies and whether they would address this in Age of Ultron, Whedon teased “Um, yeah. We are. ‘Cause something’s up with that boy. That’s all I’m gonna say.” Sounds ominous.

When asked about whether he had any ideas about the next Avengers movie yet, Whedon responded: “I haven’t had a good idea about anything. I’m so excited that I’m wearing underwear, that I got that right today. Every now and then, it’ll happen, but right now we’re just past the halfway point, and I’m still finessing and finessing and finessing, and I got nothing.” He may not need them in the end, seeing as the Russo brothers are rumored to be directing the next two installments of the Avengers franchise.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to premiere in theaters on May 1, 2015.