Joss Whedon Says Ultron Wants to Save Us, First Images Of Avengers Villain Released
The villainous Ultron may not be as evil as we think. Entertainment Weekly visited the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron for their upcoming Comic Con issue, where they spoke to director Joss Whedon about the motivations behind the titular robot.
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According to Whedon, Ultron is not a customary, straightforward "villain" in the sense that he does not have any ill will. He simply lacks humanity and empathy, and as a result makes a calculated, rational decision that the world is better off without humans. "Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, 'Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better'; he's not just going 'Muhaha, soon I'll rule!'" Whedon said while "rubbing his hands together."
Whedon added, "He's on a mission. He wants to save us."
EW also spoke to Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. about the blameworthiness the Avengers share in the rise of Ultron and all of the chaos that ensues. In light of the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the latest Captain America film, as well as the Avengers' general weariness, Iron Man creates Ultron in order to assess threats and command drones (timely, no?) in order to relieve himself and the other Avengers from some of their duties as the world's saviors. When an EW reporter asserted that the lesson to be learned is essentially that "there's no abdicating heroism," Downey responded,
"What you said about abdication is apt, but I think it's also about recognizing limitations," Robert Downey Jr. says. "The downside of self-sacrifice is that if you make it back, you've been out there on the spit and you've been turned a couple times and you feel a little burned and traumatized."
Avengers: Age of Ultron will star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanssen, and Jeremy Renner as the team of superheroes, while James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will join the cast as Ultron, Scarlet Witch, and Quiksilver, respectively. The film will be released on May 1, 2015.