AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Is Bigger And Is About 'Strong But Damaged By Power', The Vision's Origin Confirmed


 According to Fandango, a number of journalists were on the London set earlier this year while Whedon was a directing a fight scene between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Vision (Paul Bettany). "The cast is bigger," Whedon told the press. "The scope is bigger. We have more to work with. We have a bigger world to work with and a bigger world for [the Avengers] just to be in. Once they exist as a team, we have to deal with what everybody thinks about that, and what that means to the world. So it's not as simple as it was." Joss Whedon then reiterated that he had wanted Ultron to be the villain of The Avengers sequel even before he agreed direct the first movie. "Before I took the first job," he started, "I said, 'Well, I don’t know if I’m right for this or if I want it or you want me, but in the second one, the villain has to be Ultron and he has to create the Vision, and [he] has to be Paul Bettany.' It took me three years before I could tell Paul that I’d had that conversation." The filmmaker then discussed the creation of the titular Avengers: Age of Ultron robot villain, which is initially considered Tony Stark's and Bruce Banner's "next great idea." Whedon explains, "In the Marvel [Cinematic] universe, there's a lot of Frankensteins. Steve Rogers himself, one of the better-looking Frankensteins of our era. There’s a lot of people, whether they're trying to do good or bad, who think they have the next big idea. And the next big idea is usually a very bad one."

Joss Whedon continued, "'Strong but damaged by power' describes every person in this movie. It may, in fact, describe what the movie is about. You know, the more power that we have, the less human we are." This especially applies to the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). "What makes the Hulk so hard to write is that you're pretending he's a werewolf when he's a superhero," Whedon says of his approach to the character. "You want it vice versa. You want to see him and Banner doesn't want to see him, but you don't want Banner to be that guy who gets in the way of you seeing him. So the question is, how has he progressed? How can we bring changes on what the Hulk does?" Whedon went on to explain how Ultron will be the ultimate villain or, perhaps, the ultimate hero. "Ultron feels a certain distance from humanity. When he’s in his scenes, you want to feel like he will never understand that he’s not the hero. Hopefully, you will come out of this... if not agreeing with him, (then) getting him, and getting his pain, which leads to a lot of damage, and some humor." With James Spader behind the villain's portrayal in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon had nothing but praise for the actor. "[He's] very game and has been the whole time," he said. "Very interested in the mechanics of the mechanics, and of finding the humanity. He and I share a genuine love of this version of Ultron, and he has an innate eccentricity in his delivery that is everything that I had hoped Ultron would be." Of the motion capture duds Spader had to wear for his scenes, Whedon describes it as "...a giant thing with red dots on it for his eye line, and a giant pack, and a helmet with two cameras in his face with lights to record his performance."

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