Joss Whedon: Ultron is everything a robot never is

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 April 2014
Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Director Joss Whedon who is working on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' says Ultron is "everything a robot never is" and is having a "blast" developing the character

Joss Whedon says Ultron is "everything a robot never is".

The 49-year-old director is working on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and he's been having a "blast" developing the character which is played by James Spader.

He explained to Empire magazine: "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."

Spader joins an A-List cast including Robert Downey (Iron Man),

Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).

Although there a number of big names Whedon insists every character in the forthcoming epic has a significant role to play.

He explained: "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."

The filmmaker wants to bring a different aesthetic to the picture to make sure it isn't too similar to 2002's 'The Avengers'.

He added: "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."

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 21min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
  • UK release: 23 April 2015

Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Downey Jr) to keep the peace, goes rogue and decides to kill off the Avengers. Barely logical but impressively entertaining superhero fun; Johansson and Olsen are central to the action and Whedon's script is strong, snappy and irreverent, but it doesn't have much…

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