You can’t go much bigger than destroying half of New York City in the first film, so during the making of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” filmmaker Joss Whedon said the plan wasn’t to go bigger but deeper and really dive more into the characters.
In a new interview with Yahoo! Movies UK though, Whedon has revealed that one side effect has been that despite his intentions the sequel ended up being larger than its predecessor anyway:
“Avengers: Age of Ultron got larger than the first film. I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.”
Said final battle will include hundreds of Ultron’s drones, but Whedon says the trick isn’t the scale but rather making sure all of our heroes get proper screen time during the battle:
“I knew before I made the first film that Ultron needed be in the second one, along with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as well. The way I approach a story is that I find these moments by thinking, ‘You know what I need to see?’ And generally if they work, you go from there. You know they’re going to fight Ultron. You know Ultron has a tendency to build hundreds of Ultrons. So that’s going to lead you in a certain direction, but the hard work of the thing is making sure everyone feels serviced and integrated. So, in the beginning it’s fun. You’re thinking, ‘What would be fun, what would be cool?'”
Of course, the result of said battle will see major changes for the team, and that’s a big reason Whedon wanted to do the sequel in the first place:
“The whole movie is a process of changing everything and keeping everything the same. You want to hit all the things that made people love the first movie, but you also want to make something new or why are you here. I don’t want to make The Avengers again – I did that one time. With the ending it was important for me that we felt a progression. We didn’t just feel, ‘well, no problem, we cleaned that up!’ because that’s an episode of television. That’s not a film. This film, there’s more at stake and we take that seriously.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in cinemas on May 1st.