That Ultron Is Quite A Character

According to Joss Whedon, anyway.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is filming right now, and it's a big deal. It's been filming for a while and it wasn't such a big deal, but now it's filming with all the humans we care about compiled together and the size of the deal has risen.

Perhaps because of this, we are finally getting some more insight into what the heck is going on with this film in the first place. Joss Whedon spoke with Empire and offered a couple quotes of great worth. The most important being about the film's main villain:

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.

I honestly have no idea what any of that means. It sounds like he's describing a human. When Ultron was announced as the film's big bad, I was worried he'd just be a boring robot. Then they cast James Spader, and I got more confused. Now I'm even more confused than that, but in a way I can alleviate with faith. If he's going to be funny and weird, then at least something interesting is going on.

Whedon was also asked about quality control in a movie with 5,000 characters. He responded with this:

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.

Again, I'm going on pure faith with this one.

Then there's this bit about filming in the UK:

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 included that because it's a good illustration of why Joss Whedon's cutesy speak sometimes bugs me. But: faith.

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