Joss Whedon Explains Why Hank Pym is No Longer Ultron’s Creator in Avengers 2

Ultron Comic Book

Most people (including myself) assumed that since Marvel has both an “Ant-Man” movie and Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” set for 2015, that it’s only logical to connect the two, especially since Ant-Man himself, aka Hank Pym is also the original creator of killer machine Ultron in the comic books. Turns out, that’s not the case at all.

Via MovieWeb, Whedon clears up Ultron’s origins, and why it won’t have anything to do with Pym:

Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.

Age of Ultron Comic Book CoverWe’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.

I guess since Marvel is known for their interconnectedness (is that a word?), it was just natural to assume that “Ant-Man” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” would be intimately connected. Turns out, not so.

But it’s interesting what he says about this new Ultron’s origins: “We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about.” Hmm, super genius scientist Tony Stark might have a little something to do with it, perhaps?

And for all you Hawkeye fans out there, Whedon promises to treat the archer much better in the sequel:

Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.

In any case, what do you guys think about this apparent detour from the comics?

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