Joss Whedon calls Ultron "genuinely disturbed," but "endearing"

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Nov 17, 2014, 4:38 PM EST (Updated)

How bad will Ultron be in the Avengers sequel? We know the A.I. will serve as the heroes' primary villain in the film; it's not called Age of Ultron for nothing. As previously announced, James Spader will lend his voice to the character, and rumors have been bouncing around that his origins will have their roots with Tony Stark's work on Jarvis. Director Joss Whedon recently spoke with Empire about The Avengers' latest foe.

"I'm having a blast with Ultron," Whedon said. "He's not a creature of logic -- he's a robot who's genuinely disturbed. We're finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is."

Whedon also dished a bit on the "Age of Miracles" that's bringing us the twins scene in the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the first Avengers, the team fought Loki and his army of alien soldiers. This time, however, Whedon felt like the group needed more of a challenge. So they'll take on not only Ultron but also Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The siblings don't start out as Avengers allies.

"They're not very happy with the Avengers" Whedon explained. "Their powers are not insignificant, and they're quite different from what the Avengers have faced before."

What do you think of Whedon's perspective on Ultron? Are you ready for a different kind of robot menace?

(Empire via Comingsoon)

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