Joss Whedon On “Ultron” & Emotional Robots

Joss Whedon is currently at work in England on the upcoming sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and so far it sounds like he’s having a blast.

Whilst contributing to the upcoming 300th issue of Empire Magazine, Whedon spoke about Ultron himself, the James Spader-voiced robot menace of the film’s title:

“I’m having a blast with Ultron. He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. 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.”

Ultron is just one of four villains in the film, the others being Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) and, at least initially, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

Whedon says that despite all this, none of them are superfluous and each has a part to play in the story:

“I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that. But last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”

Whedon’s also making full use of the movie’s UK locations to give the film a whole different aesthetic:

“The number of different looks and textures and moods we’re getting from the British locations is stupid awesome”, he enthused, “because this, palette-wise, is very different. I’m trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird.”