We all figured this was going to be the case, but a little extra clarification never hurt. In an interview with the Huffington Post about his new movie “The World’s End,” director Edgar Wright confirmed that long-time robotic nemesis Ultron wouldn’t be the villain in the upcoming “Ant-Man” movie. Ultron has already been confirmed as the main villain in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but with Wright’s confirmation, it seems Ultron’s ties to Hank Pym won’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wright states that even before the announcement of Ultron in the “Avengers” sequel, Ultron was not in the script.
It 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 simple. 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 heroand a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.
Wright also talked about Hank Pym being largely unknown to general audiences. As a result, this allows Wright to take certain liberties with the character’s history while still staying true to the spirit.
I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, there’s hopefully more license. For the one percent of people who are like, “Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!” there’s 99 percent going, “Who’s Hank Pym?” So, to me, the source material is great but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie. The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that’s impossible. But I’m going to make a 100 minute movie — or 110 minutes.
Objectively speaking, it’s probably a good idea that Ultron isn’t being included in the Ant-Man movie. As a villain who will be taking on the entire Avengers team two years from now, it would seem a little weird to have Ultron showing up again and being defeated singlehandedly by a guy who can shrink and grow. Plus, since Hank Pym’s not even going to be responsible for Ultron’s creation, having him appear in “Ant-Man” would simply be an over-sized Easter Egg for the Ant-Man fans out there, and that’s just pointless in the long run. Actually, does Ant-Man have any fans?
Still, since Ant-Man doesn’t have the most memorable rogues gallery, this does present a problem when it comes to who he will be facing off against. Personally, I see something similar to what Wright talked about with “Iron Man,” in that it would be a villain who steals or alters Pym’s technology for personal gain. Yes, it’s not the most unique idea, but plot-wise it would definitely drive the story. I would even be okay with an original character being the antagonist if they were written well.
Seriously though, how many fans does Ant-Man actually have?
SOURCE: Huffington Post