The stars of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" have already teased that the sequel to 2012's "The Avengers" is going to be bigger and better than the original. Now, director Joss Whedon is getting in on the fun, revealing in a new interview with Empire that the characters and settings featured in "Ultron" differentiate themselves completely from the first film, while still keeping the franchise's spirit of integrity intact.
Whedon dished about "Ultron"'s titular villain, played by James Spader, telling the magazine that he was "having a blast" with the character.
"He's not a creature of logic -- he's a robot who's genuinely disturbed," the director said. "We're finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is."
That ties in with the different shades that other new characters are bringing to the production, Whedon said, including Ultron's fellow antagonists Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Whedon insisted that while he "fiercely dislike[s] the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that," he "needed more conflict" for Ultron, versus the first film's setpiece of "all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor."
All that conflict is the crux of "Ultron," and was something which Whedon said was served immensely by the picture's shooting schedule in England -- one of many exotic locales on the docket for the production.
"The number of different looks and textures and moods we're getting from the British locations is stupid awesome, because this, palette-wise, is very different," Whedon said. "I'm trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird."
Those remarks tie in to others the director has made in the past, especially about following the model of the "Godfather" franchise by shifting the series while staying true to the source. We can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeve.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is due May 1, 2015.
[via: Empire, h/t Slash Film]
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