Avengers: Age of Ultron announced with no Hank Pym (Ant-Man)?
So the Marvel Movie panel was complete madness. They went over pretty much everything we’re going to see in the second phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We’ve heard about Captain America: The Winter Solider, Thor: The Dark World and my favorite upcoming film of the second phase so far, Guardian of the Galaxy. But then Joss Whedon proceeded to announce something that would blow the top off of San Diego Comic-Con, we got our first news regarding the anticipated sequel to the Avengers- Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be in theaters in 2015.
Now if you’re a fan of Marvel comics and currently knee-deep in all the Marvel now series’, you probably read Age of Ultron. My first thought, like many others who read the book, was: “There’s no way that is based of the book already”. I liked Age of Ultron but I didn’t love it. But the main reason was because the roster of characters from the book was WAY too big. On top of that a lot of the character’s would be off limits too Marvel Studios because some of the rights are still over at Fox and Sony.
But I guess it doesn’t matter though because they’re going in a totally different direction. According to an interview from Io9 Whedon is taking this film in an entirely different direction. He’s even removing one of the primary parts of the Ultron lore, Hank Pym, Ultron’s creator.
In the interview Whedon said:
“We don’t have to have him. It works very simply — this is Marvel cinema, not Marvel comics. One thing [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige has a genius for is knowing what to hold onto and what to let go of. You can invoke the feeling you had and play with the characters you love and remain true to the needs of the film,” he added “You don’t need a Pym to create an Ultron.”
Fair enough, I’m not a purist who expects the exact same source material to appear on the screen. What’s the fun in that? I don’t want to be able to predict everything. But this is a pretty big part of the origin of Ultron.
Whedon’s earned my trust so I’ll follow him into the dark on this one. But with the Ant-Man movie following the Avengers sequel only months after, it’ll be interesting to see how the character is handled and eventually introduced. Ultron could have been a great stage for Pym to introduce himself.
UPDATE: Heres an interview with Joss Whedon from Marvels Coverage