According to a story on comicbookmovie.com based on what they describe as a live interview with Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon recently airing on Marvel.com’s live Comic-Con blog, 2015’s Age of Ultron will be an Ultron original story, and not directly adapted from this year’s comic book limited series event written by Brian Bendis.
“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,” Whedon reportedly reveals in the interview. “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."
"We're crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about.” Whedon reportedly continues. “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."
Finally, Whedon reportedly added, "It's very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. 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."
If accurate, Whedon’s revelations seem to make sense at first glance. On the Hank Pym front, with the Ant-Man film scheduled to debut just months after the Avengers sequel, a natural assumption could be made that strong ties to the two films will exist, and that may still be the case, but Hank Pym’s ‘abilities’ has always been something of a suspension-of-disbelief stretch even in a superhero comic book frame of reference.
Pym’s like the da Vinci of the Marvel Universe – he’s a bio-chemist who invented a method to shrink and grow; he’s invented a means to communicate with ants (not even sure what scientific discipline that falls under); and he invented the world’s most sophisticated A.I.
It’s logical Marvel may not want to introduce a character that would make Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark look like a high school drop-out and make him the key element to the film’s main villain.
Look for Whedon to perhaps more efficiently use already established elements of the Marvel Movie Universe to create his Ultron, so as not to bog down the film with too much exposition.
For example, all those destroyed remote armors from Iron Man 3 could serve as the spare parts Ultron is ‘born’ from, freeing Whedon from having to establish Ultron’s origins completely from scratch.
As to Ultron’s brain, how’s a corrupted JARVIS as an early guess?
Finally, it also makes sense the film won’t be a literal adaptation of the Age of Ultron comic book series. A prior knowledge of Ultron is a key ingredient in that story as was his long existence in the Marvel Universe.
Having a character come from the future to conquer the past makes little narrative sense in a film that still has to establish who Ultron is in the first place.
We’re also dubious on Marvel opening the door to time-travel at this stage in the game as well.
So it may make more sense to look to previous comic book Ultron stories for movie inspiration.
Look for confirmation of that Whedon interview, and more information about Avengers: Age of Ultron as more details surface.