Edgar Wright Explains The Absence of Ultron in His Ant-Man Movie

Marvel Studios at Comic-Con International 2012

I have to admit, I’m a bit confused by what Marvel is doing with the “Ant-Man” movie and Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”. Ultron, in the comic books, was created by Ant-Man, and went on to menace the Marvel universe. So you would think having Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” movie come first and acting as a set-up for the “Avengers” sequel would be a no-brainer, especially given Marvel’s forward-thinking approach to tying up their cinematic universe.

But the thing is, “Ant-Man” will be released November 6, 2015, which is after “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, which opens in the Summer before on May 1, 2015. You can’t set up “The Avengers 2” if “Ant-Man” doesn’t come before it. Know what I mean?

Ultron Comic BookI guess the plan was never to set-up one movie with another, and instead Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” will just be a superhero film on its own island. Connected to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, of course, but not very dependent on them.

Wright says as much to HuffPo while out promoting his sci-fi comedy “The World’s End”:

[Ultron] was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.

It will be very interesting to see how they connect “The Avengers 2” and “Ant-Man”, though, and you gotta figure there will be some connection, given Ultron’s origins. Perhaps a quickie cameo by Ant-Man in “The Avengers” … before he becomes Ant-Man? Ant-Man back when he was still just a scientist, perhaps? That would be my guess.

We’ll find out when Whedon’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in 2015, followed by “Ant-Man” in the same year, a few months later.