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Edgar Wright Explains Why Ultron is in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ instead of ‘Ant-Man’

If you haven’t heard already, it’s been speculated by many that Ultron, a famed robot that goes rogue (Terminator/I, Robot-style), will most likely be created by none other than Robert Downey Jr‘s Tony Stark. If you don’t know already, depending on what you’re reading, Hank Pym—Ant-Man’s alter-ego—is the creator of Ultron, not Tony Stark.

Such speculation began when it was announced previously that the second Avengers movie would be coming before the Ant-Man, which is a weird enough order if Marvel was planning to follow canon. There has also been a lot of rumblings about whether or not J.A.R.V.I.S—Stark’s A.I. system—would be the one to actually go rogue and inadvertently create Ultron.

I admit that that’s an interesting concept to possibly explore and all, but I get any backlash that comes from it. Besides Pym being a brilliant mind and somewhat of an asshole, (yeah…wife-beating makes you an asshole), his only other claim to fame in the minds of many is the creation of Ultron.

Anyways, here’s what ‘Ant-Man’ director Edgar Wright had to say to The Huffington Post about the omission of Ultron’s origins for Ant-Man:

[Ultron] was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simply. You have one sort of – the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes superhero films fail – or they have mixed results – because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.

You know, when I was younger, I used to love Tim Burton‘s “Batman”. I was like 15 and even then I was aware, “This is really the Joker’s film.” It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn to much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It’s impossible.”

(To read more, here’s the full interview: )

Well, I guess Wright has spoken.

Hopefully, such changes don’t get more drastic than that?


Who the hell knows?


Source: Screen Rant, The Huffington Post

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015; Ant-Man hits theaters November 6, 2015.

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