We’re still waiting to see exactly how Joss Whedon will adapt the Age of Ultron storyline in his upcoming Avengers sequel, but a new casting note might’ve revealed the ass-kicking robot’s new origin.
Whedon has already teased that Ultron would have a different origin story on the big screen. In the comics, the super-robot Ultron was created by Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man), but we won’t be meeting Ant-Man until Phase III of Marvel’s master plan.
So, at least according to a new (alleged) casting sheet seeking extras for Avengers: Age of Ultron, it sounds like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will be Ultron’s new architect.
Considering the film mythos, it makes sense, because Stark more than fits the mad-scientist mold. Plus, it would create a framework for Downey to be at the center of the sequel — taking full advantage of the Iron Man star while they have him, as part of his new, reduced contract with Marvel.
Check out an excerpted bit of the casting call below and let us know what you think:
In "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" Loki is gone and the new villain will be the evil robot Ultron, who has the ability to keep upgrading his own strength, making him extremely fearsome. Tony Stark/Iron Man becomes the unwitting creator of Ultron. The brother-and-sister team of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch become the seventh and eighth members of The Avengers. Quicksilver has extreme speed, while Scarlet Witch can cast spells and has telekinesis ability. Black Widow and Hawkeye will be key figures in the film.
So, is this legit? Will Whedon make Stark Ultron’s new creator, and do you think it’s the right move?
(Via Feature Film Casting)