Whedon, Feige Talk The Hulkbuster Armour

Along with those new photos yesterday of Jeremy Renner sporting his swank new coat on the set, the new issue of Empire (via CBM) also includes some quotes from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon and Marvel’s Kevin Feige about both the villain Ultron and the inclusion of the famed ‘Hulkbuster’ armor in the movie.

In terms of the robot nemesis, Whedon says the film on the whole “is more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific. Ultron… he’s got a touch of the apocalypse in him.”

Feige adds: “Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers. We unveiled a poster here [at Comic Con] which is nothing but Ultron after Ultron after Ultron clawing at the beginning to defeat all of our Avengers. That’s what a lot of this movie is about.”

Talk then turned to the footage screened at Comic Con which sees the Hulk battling it out with Tony Stark in his Iron Man Hulkbuster suit for reasons not made clear. Feige calls the armor a “bespoke suit. The back-up plan in case things go awry.”

Whedon was a bit more forthcoming though: “The Hulkbuster is from after my time [as a reader], but even I knew what a big deal it was. It makes sense because there’s no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me.”

Speaking of Hulk, Screen Crush reports that set photos from the filming of “Ant-Man” in San Francisco show some shop windows which include a background ad for Pingo Doce soda – the same soda from the Brazilian bottling plant where Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) worked in “The Incredible Hulk”. How much it will come into play in “Ant-Man” is unknown.