There's been some Marvel movie talk going on recently. Director Joss Whedon is out there talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Marvel studios president Kevin Fiege is talking about Ant-Man.
In an interview with Empire Magazine Whedon talks about the main villain in Age of Ultron saying that he's "having a blast" with him. He goes on to discuss the movie, throwing all of these different superhero characters together, and Ultron.
"I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that, but last time I had all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict. I'm having a blast with Ultron. 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."
The director is currently shooting the film in the United Kingdom, and he discusses the location, and how it's being utilized for the film.
"The number of different looks and textures and moods we're getting from the British locations is stupid awesome. Because this, palette-wise, is very different. I'm trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird."
I just love that he used the phrase "stupid awesome."
In a seperate interview with the same magazine, Feige went on to talk about Ant-Man and how the development of that movie changed the direction they were taking The Avengers.
"We changed, frankly, some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers."
I love how they are thinking about all that interconnection stuff while they are developing their films. The fact that they are putting in the effort to make the continuity flow should make fans happy. They could easily take the lazy way out and not deal with it like all the other studios with superhero franchises. He then talks about what we can expect to see in the Ant-Man movie.
"It was two things – a story Edgar wanted to tell that we’ll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we’re 11 films in, it’s looking at the characters we’ve already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do…certain things [Laughs].
Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in."
Sounds like we all have a lot of great Marvel stuff to look forward too. Everyone making the movies seem to be having fun. Ant-Man will be released on July 17th, 2015 and Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released May 1st, 2015.