Marvel's Phase Two comes to an end later this year, with Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters on May 1 and Ant-Man arriving on July 17. Ant-Man was actually one of the founding members of The Avengers in the comic books, and he also created the villainous Ultron, who will be played by James Spader in Avengers 2. Director Joss Whedon had to make some changes to the villain's origins in this impending sequel, with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) now creating the robot who eventually turns on the team, an alteration that several fans still aren't too happy about. During an interview with Empire Magazine, the writer-director revealed why he didn't included Hank Pym in this sequel, with a lot of the blame being placed on former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright:
"Of all the heat I've ever taken, not having Hank Pym was one of the bigger things. But the fact of the matter was, Edgar (Wright) had him first and by virtue of what Edgar was doing, there was no way for me to use him in this. I also thought it was a bridge too far. Ultron needs to be the brainchild of The Avengers, and in the world of The Avengers and the MCU, Tony Stark is that guy. Banner has elements of that guy - we don't really think of him as being as irresponsible as Tony Stark, but the motherf---er tested gamma radiation on himself, with really terrible, way-worse-than-Tony-Stark results."
The filmmaker added that he didn't want to add a third scientist into the mix, along with Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, although it was hard to make that decision because of how much he loves the original comics:
"It didn't make sense to introduce a third scientist, a third sciencetician, to do that. It was hard for me, because I grew up on the comics, to dump that, but at the end of the day, it's a more interesting relationship between Tony and Ultron if Tony was once like, 'You know what would be a really great idea?' They're doing what they always do - which is jump in headfirst, and then go, 'Sorry, world!' But you have to make it their responsibility without just making it their fault."
What do you think about director Joss Whedon's statements? Are you upset that Avengers: Age of Ultron changed Ultron's origins from the comics? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Avengers: Age of Ultron as we get closer to the May 1 release date.