What is so interesting is how in every single Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the focus has been on how downright evil and daunting our titular villain is in Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers. Maybe it’s been on purpose, but there is also another artificial intelligence being in Avengers: Age of Ultron that has not been getting a whole lot of attention and that is Paul Bettany as The Vision.
Compelling is one way to describe this fact about them both… each was created by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark! And each, one could argue, has elements of his personality.
“They do embody a little bit of him, but they’re also their own people,” Whedon told Movie Fanatic.
“But I do see them as two sides of the same coin. I like the sort of accord between the two of them. I think there’s something beautiful about the fact that they see the same thing and react to it differently emotionally.”
One of the biggest challenges for Whedon this time around was to present a coherent film that involved dozens of characters, each that could warrant their own film. Not only do we have those heroes you see when you watch The Avengers online, but we get introduced to Aaron Taylor Johnson’s Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, the aforementioned Vision and Ultron, and not to mention a mystery character played by Andy Serkis!
“There’s like 47 of these people. I really didn’t think that through, and I regret very much doing this at all,” Whedon said and laughed.
“It’s just making sure that everybody’s got their moment, that everybody’s got their through-line, that it’s connected to the movie. I have all these people. I love all these people. They’re extraordinary. But making sure that they’re not just all being served, but all within the same narrative structure -- that they’re in the same movie -- [and] that it’s all connected to the main theme.”
It was no easy task, he told us, especially when editing. “I could not have told you who they were, who I was, what movie I was making, I got so lost in it. But I think it all came together,” Whedon said. “It’s just about making these guys look good, which takes a long time.”
Whedon is asked to go back to the beginning of the Avengers: Age of Ultron process. How does one follow-up not only one of the most successful superhero movies of all time, but one of the most profitable movies of all time?
“With the smallest thing I can think of. The thing that drew me back to the movie was: What little moments are there between these characters that I haven’t gotten to do yet? What conversations have they not had? What haven’t I shown? It’s never sort of the big picture stuff,” Whedon said.
“It’s never ‘And then we can have an army of robots’ -- although that’s cool too. It’s always just, ‘Where do they live? Or, how can I get inside their hearts? What’s funny about them?’ Those are the moments [that] I write just reams and reams of paper just thinking about. That’s really the heart of the thing.”