It turns out the robotic villain of the next “The Avengers” movie really is the modern ‘modern Prometheus’. Speaking with EW, filmmaker Joss Whedon compared the James Spader-voiced, eight-foot tall robot Ultron with that of another famed creation turning on its creator:
“It’s our new Frankenstein myth. We create something in our own image and the thing turns on us. It has that pain of ‘Well, why was I made? I want to kill Daddy’.”
Whedon also spoke about how the character differs from other robot characters portrayed on screen:
“I don’t remember seeing an artificial-intelligence movie where the robot is bonkers – the most emotionally unstable person in the film – and who has the knowledge of 3,000 years of recorded history and who is a pouty teen, all at the same time.”
The comments follow on from remarks last week to Fandango in which he says the emotional volatility extends well beyond the artificial characters of the movie:
“‘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. In the Marvel 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.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits cinemas on May 1st.