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January 9, 2014
Kevin Feige Discusses the Reasoning behind Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Kevin Feige finally decided to spill some more details about Avengers: Age of Ultron when he sat down with SFX Magazine. In the interview he discusses the reasoning for their choice of Ultron as the villain, the relationship to the similarly title comic, and the new casting choices for the film.
When choosing an antagonist in a film, you have to realize how many parts of that film will be affected due to the strength of the opposing force and the affect that opposition has on the entire plot and its characters. Joss Whedon strongly pushed for Ultron as the villain thinking that he was the most viable choice for reuniting the time once again. When he presented his idea to Feige, he had found a way to create a great story that adapted the origin of Ultron into the cinematic universe.
For the comic book fans out there, you may be familiar with last year’s popular miniseries titled “Age of Ultron” which focused on an alternate timeline where Ultron ruled the Earth. Given that the next Avengers film carries the same title, many have wondered how many similarities would exist between the comic and the film. It turns out that they were in love with the name rather than the story. They couldn’t just title the film “Avengers 2,” they needed a catchy subtitle to accompany such a big sequel and “Age of Ultron” seemed to fit best.
When it came to casting Ultron, the choice seemed to be a simple one. Due to an introduction between Kevin Feige and James Spader in the past, Feige thought that James Spader belonged in the Avengers universe. Fortunately, Ultron turned out to be the part for Spader.
With the addition of a new villain there comes the addition of two new heroes. Besides the question of casting (which has been answered), many have wondered how and why Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will fit into the story and if there will now be too many heroes to follow. Feige assures that Joss Whedon has found a way to incorporate them into the story while juggling the proper amount of screen time so that it’s not distracting. Overall, Feige claims they do hold a purpose and are not just added fluff.
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