Monday, July 29, 2013

One Fan's Reactions to SDCC 2013: Part 2 (Age of Ultron)

       As mentioned in the previous article, the sequel to The Avengers will be titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is the second and final bit of news that I'll go into any depth into regarding SDCC 2013. Let's talk some of the decisions they're making with the follow up to the third highest box office pull of all time. First of all, the 2015 film will have absolutely nothing to do with the on-going, oddly-familiar-sounding series Age of Ultron by Brian Michael Bendis.
       Well, this pisses me off to no end. If it has nothing to do with the series, why name it the exact same thing as the series?! Especially because the series is so fresh in our minds as it just came out. Did they just get lazy and say "well, we don't really like the comic, but damn that's a catchy title. I'll take it!" Come up with an original title if you don't want to base the story on the content of the thing the title is based on.
      The other bit of information announced regarding the Avengers sequel is the actual creation of Ultron. Whedon announced: "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". Well, just what the hell is that about? Hank Pym's going to be starring (presumably, although there are a few other Ant-Mans? Ant-Men? out there) in the Ant-Man movie, directed by quite possibly my favorite director Edgar Wright. So, wouldn't it stand to reason that Hank would have some involvement in the creation of that character he created? It's also worth noting that Whedon said that he's not going to "be in the mix", probably meaning he won't appear at all and will probably be saved for The Avengers 3.
       Hank is a character defined by his major mistakes (as fellow Nerdi, Phil, has pointed out): hitting his wife, Janet (it's time to get over it people), and creating Ultron. Originally, Ultron was a bit of a Frankenstein's monster who grew to hate his father and fall in love with his father's lover, Janet aka Wasp. To me it would be silly to take this away from him as it would add some depth to a character who could appear redundant with at least two other super geniuses already in the Avengers (Bruce Banner and Tony Stark). But the talk so far is that Ultron will be created either by Tony Stark or appear at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One possible way that I could see this going down is one of the Iron Man suits goes haywire and gets corrupted and bam, we have Ultron (or perhaps even more interestingly JARVIS gets corrupted and turns against his maker. That oughta piss the fanboys off).

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