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Joss Whedon Talks Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Kevin Feige Gives Ant-Man Tie-In Details


Joss Whedon is pretty busy these days, filming The Avengers sequel and all, but he recently found time to speak with Empire Magazine about the upcoming feature film. Find out what he gave away plus what Marvel’s Kevin Feige told them about how Ant-Man will connect to the larger universe and tidbits about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s place in Age of Ultron

“I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that,” Whedon told Empire. “But last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”

Age of Ultron is getting crowded now that I think of it. You’ve got the returning heroes but also Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), and Ultron himself (James Spader).

“He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed,” Whedon said of Ultron. “We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.”

Meanwhile, Feige also spoke with Empire about the upcoming Paul Rudd-starring Ant-Man.  He told them, “We changed, frankly some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar [Wright] and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers.”

And of Rudd’s version of the comic character he said, “Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”

Back to Age of Ultron once more, Feige also talked to Empire about the stinger on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and what it means for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

“I would say that the Age of Miracles, as Strucker says at the end of that tag, could be a part of that, but the key to their origin is in that tag,” he said. “They’re not very happy with The Avengers. Their powers are not insignificant and they’re quite different from what the Avengers have faced before.”

(via Collider, image via Empire’s Mary McCartney)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."