An exclusive interview with Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon will appear in the upcoming new issue of Entertainment Weekly, and EW.com has been running excerpts this week.
Perhaps the biggest chunk of news is insight Whedon provided on the make-up of Ultron in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, a make-up that can maybe be described as scaled back from his comic book counterpart. EW reports Whedon plans on “stripping back” some of the robot’s vast abilities, along with humanizing him to “some degree.”
“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon tell the mag. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”
Whedon reportedly also believes that he has to be careful “to ground [the character] while still evoking what makes him Ultron.”
“As a character I love [Ultron],” Whedon said, “because he’s so pissed off.”
And speaking of sequels, Whedon also walks the line of committing fanboy heresy suggesting The Empire Strikes Back – while citing it as a sequel that got it right – didn’t have an ending, and that pissed him off.
“Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending,” Whedon tells EW. “Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.”
“You think Empire had a bad ending?” EW’s interview responded.
“Well, it’s not an ending,” Whedon continued. “It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”
Finally, speaking of EW and Whedon, the online mag is also running exclusive cast photos of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. along the descriptions of the characters by the actors playing her or him. Head on over to their website to see the photos, but check out the descriptions below:
Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson (Team Leader)
''The last time I looked from this guy's eyes they were going dark fast. And now he's walking around with the story of this close call that he had and recovering from that. I don't know how you can go through what Phil Coulson went through — and he doesn't even know how near-death or full death that is — without being changed somehow. That's not something that's going to be ignored.''
Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May (Pilot/Weapons Expert)
''Something has happened to her at a level she couldn't cope with so she ended up doing paperwork. She's called in by Phil to join the team but she's reluctant to get back on the field because of her deep dark past. Every human being needs to play a kick-ass character like this.''
Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward (Black Ops Specialist )
''He's a one-man ninja, he's a Swiss Army knife, he has a tool for every situation. But he's got a gap in that skill set and that's anything involving other people.''
Chloe Bennet as Skye (Hacker)
''Most hackers are portrayed as weird outcasts who only know how to deal with electronics. She's a computer hacker who is not socially awkward. She's just as much of an actress as I am, she knows how to get her way.''
Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz (Weapons Technology)
''He designs and builds all the gadgets and technology. He's kind of lost touch with reality and spends a lot of time with Simmons — they can have the most crazy argument you've ever seen and then 10 minutes later it's like nothing happened. He spends a lot of time living in front of the reality of a computer screen. Now he's entering into this world that's more hands on.''
Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons (Bio-Science)
''She's always in the lab and works very closely with Fitz; like an old married couple. She's highly intelligent doesn't apologize for it and has come up the ranks very quickly.''