You may think you know where Ultron came from, but Joss Whedon's got a whole new origin story planned for you.
At Saturday's epic Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel, Whedon revealed little more than the title of his sequel to The Avengers, and when it was announced that the flick would be called Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans immediately started speculating that a few things were almost guaranteed to happen. First, it was speculated that the film would, at least in some way, be adapted from the 2013 Marvel Comics event Age of Ultron, the story of a handful of battered heroes making a last-ditch effort to overthrow Ultron after he's already taken over Earth. Both Whedon and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige have now dismissed that, clarifying that though the title is the same, the film will be a story all its own.
The second big piece of speculation that the title brought is that the film would have to include Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, the original Ant-Man who created Ultron. With an Ant-Man movie on the horizon already, and an Ultron-heavy Avengers sequel, it seemed obvious that Pym was on his way to joining Earth's Mightiest Heroes this time out. On Sunday, during an interview at Marvel's Comic-Con booth, Whedon said that we shouldn't expect Pym, setting the stage for an entirely new origin for Ultron.
"We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron, and the other thing is, in the origin story there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed he was going to be in the mix, but he's not, because we're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."
"We're crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about."
That's kind of a big change for a lot of comic-book fans to deal with, but Whedon's "the Avengers we already know about" comment does open up some very interesting speculation. Whedon also noted in the interview that his teaser footage from Saturday night's panel was simply a shot of Iron Man's helmet being smashed up until it looked like an Ultron helmet, which points in the direction of Tony Stark as Ultron's new creator. Stark's definitely got the brains to do it, and given the tech he showed off in Iron Man 3, it looks like he's already pretty close. But is that the easy answer? Could Whedon simply be making us think it's Stark's creation, only to make Ultron the child of, say, Dr. Bruce Banner, or maybe even some top-secret team of S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists that we don't even know about yet? Either way, even if you think you know everything about Ultron, Whedon seems to set to throw some curveballs at you.
Check out the full video interview with Whedon below, including some chat about Hawkeye's role in the second film, the tone of Age of Ultron and how Ultron himself will evolve through the film.