More On Ultron’s Inclusion And Quicksilver’s Casting In Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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avengers age of ultron bannerThe talk of the town, or internet as it were, since Comic-Con ended has been about Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel. Whedon strolled on stage to reveal to a packed Hall H crowd that the highly anticipated sequel would be called Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since then everyone and their grandma have been theorizing on who would create the evil AI since Hank Pym won’t be involved. While all of that is theory and guessing, the one thing we’ve been getting more solid information on is those Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver rumors. We’ve rounded up a few new developments across the web for your reading pleasure.

ultronJoss Whedon recently spoke with Total Film about the decision to make Ultron the villain of the second film. Whedon is a big fan of the robot menace, and he ranks the villain as one of The Avengers most iconic villains:

I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.’ Because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.

He was great. He’s somebody who can juice things up and he’s a real problem for the Avengers. That’s not always easy to find. It’s not like the Vulture is really going to give them a hard time for 20 minutes.

So that’s the why of Ultron, now we have to think about the how. With Hank Pym reportedly not being involved with Ultron’s creation the next logical choice would be Tony Stark. The brief teaser that was shown in Hall H featured the classic Ultron face bursting out of Iron Man’s helmet. That’s a pretty big hint that the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist will have a hand in the AI’s creation. He did have semi-sentient suits of armor in Iron Man 3, so a Jarvis program going rogue and taking over something isn’t a big leap. i09 found a casting call for extras in the film and it reveals some huge plot points (if true that is).

ultronCall sheets are notorious for using guesswork and misinformation, but this one matches with things we’ve guessed and learned in recent days. The casting sheet states that Tony Stark is the Ultron creator. Take this synopsis with a grain of salt, but it is interesting:

Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Studios are now in pre-production on the upcoming sci-fi themed superhero feature film “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and casting directors are auditioning actors for starring, co-starring, and supporting roles. The film’s photo doubles and stand-ins for the starring actors, as well as general extras and featured background actors will be cast closer to the start of filming. The locations where outdoor principal photography will take place are in and around London, England. Indoor sound stage filming will take place at Shepperton Studios. Shooting begins in February, 2014.

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.

quicksilverAnd finally, we have a new quote from Aaron Taylor-Johnson about possibly playing the silver speedster Quicksilver. The Kick-Ass 2 actor spoke with Bleeding Cool about Avengers, and he again confirms that talks are pretty serious.

Firstly, I’m flattered to have been offered to be one of The Avengers. Honestly, I think it’s one of the best fucking compliments you can have, to be part of that gang, for sure…That piece is such an ensemble that you have to find how that character can really stand out, not only amongst movie stars but iconic superheroes. He’s such a small piece that you don’t just jump onto a job like that and put the suit on, you really need to have some backstory and a mindset for that character, so we’ll keep working on it and we’ll see.

So there you have it. Another day, another round of Age of Ultron news. Whedon is out and about talking about why he chose the villain, so hopefully the next stage is some more details about the creation of the AI with Hank Pym. With every new interview we get with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, it really sounds like he is in final negotiations for the role. I’m sure we’ll hear some solid info on his inclusion in the coming weeks. Joss Whedon seems to have locked in his Quicksilver. What do you think about the latest batch of Ultron news? Do you like the (possible) Quicksilver casting?

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