Whedon On Why Ant-Man Is Not In “Ultron”

In the comic storylines, it’s Marvel hero Ant-Man who builds the robot villain Ultron. It’s a fact that has changed for the screen version which sees Ultron as a creation of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) .

The film’s director Joss Whedon recently spoke with Empire about the change and says the fan reaction to it has been intense, but there’s a good reason for it – with former “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright a contributing factor:

“Of all the heat I’ve ever taken, not having Hank Pym was one of the bigger things. But the fact of the matter was, Edgar [Wright] had him first and by virtue of what Edgar was doing, there was no way for me to use him in this.

Ultron needs to be the brainchild of the Avengers, and in the world of the Avengers and the MCU, Tony Stark is that guy. Banner has elements of that guy – we don’t really think of him as being as irresponsible as Tony Stark, but the motherf–ker tested gamma radiation on himself, with really terrible, way-worse-than-Tony-Stark results.

It didn’t make sense to introduce a third scientist, a third sciencetician, to do that. It was hard for me, because I grew up on the comics, to dump that, but at the end of the day, it’s a more interesting relationship between Tony and Ultron if Tony was once like, ‘You know what would be a really great idea?’They’re doing what they always do – which is jump in headfirst, and then go, ‘Sorry, world!’ But you have to make it their responsibility without just making it their fault.

“Avengers: Age Of Ultron” opens late April across much of the world and May 1st in North America.