Say it ain’t so, Jossy!!!
In a recent interview with someone, somewhere (Entertainment Weekly in LA), Joss Whedon revealed that our favorite murderous robot won’t be quite as powerful as he is in the comics for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Before I dive into my typical, and much anticipated, fanboy rants, take a look at the full quote below:
“He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”
Huh? Is that so, Mr. Whedon? Everyone’s well aware of Ultron’s history, but if your memory’s a bit foggy, let me remind you. The dude formerly known as Ant-Man, Hank Pym, created Ultron in his laboratory. The robot was a particularly unremarkable specimen, but then it’s wires went a bit wonky, and its A.I. focused all of its Oedipal rage on its creator. Unbeknownst to Pym, Ultron transformed into a world class villain, and challenged the Avengers in open combat. He created a partner in crime, the Android now known as The Vision, and the pair nearly defeated Earth’s Mightiest Heroes… until Vision had a change of heart, and defeated his creator. That’s only the first tale from these Marvel annals of history. Eventually Ultron reformed himself, adopting an unbreakable Adamantium body, and annoyed the Avengers a few more times… as villains are wont to do.
Ahem… so now that you’ve been refreshed on the lovable robot’s backstory, why would Whedon depower him? Ultron’s meant to be one of the most formidable Avengers opponents, standing toe to toe with Thor on several occasions, so why under power him?
Is it because Ultron will be an unfortunate, corrupted version of JARVIS in an Iron Man suit? We’ve seen how delicate those flying tanks are in the past, especially in IRON MAN 3, and perhaps Ultron will be similarly vulnerable?