One of the controversies surrounding ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is the decision to have Tony Stark create Ultron, and not Hank Pym like in the comics. Well with the new Avengers movie set to hit theaters on May 1 and ‘Ant-Man’ on July 17, we have found out why Hank Pym and Ant-Man was not included in the sequel.
Avengers’ director and writer Joss Whedon spoke with Empire Magazine, placing most of the blame on former ‘Ant-Man’ director Edgar Wright.
“Of all the heat I’ve ever taken, not having Hank Pym was one of the bigger things. But the fact of the matter was, Edgar (Wright) had him first and by virtue of what Edgar was doing, there was no way for me to use him in this. I also thought it was a bridge too far. Ultron needs to be the brainchild of The Avengers, and in the world of The Avengers and the MCU, Tony Stark is that guy. Banner has elements of that guy – we don’t really think of him as being as irresponsible as Tony Stark, but the motherfucker tested gamma radiation on himself, with really terrible, way-worse-than-Tony-Stark results.”
The director also added that with Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, there wasn’t room for another scientist.
“It didn’t make sense to introduce a third scientist, a third sciencetician, to do that. It was hard for me, because I grew up on the comics, to dump that, but at the end of the day, it’s a more interesting relationship between Tony and Ultron if Tony was once like, ‘You know what would be a really great idea?’ They’re doing what they always do – which is jump in headfirst, and then go, ‘Sorry, world!’ But you have to make it their responsibility without just making it their fault.”
‘Ant Man’ comes to theaters on July 17, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Pena. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ comes to theaters on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andy Serkis, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.