Joss Whedon says Avengers: Age of Ultron 'will clarify role of heroes'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 April 2015
Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' director Joss Whedon has revealed the new movie will see the Marvel superheroes "get back to what's important"

Joss Whedon says 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' will see the Marvel superheroes "get back to what's important".

The director, who helmed the 2012 movie 'The Avengers', has revealed the much-anticipated new film will put the heroic status of the Marvel characters into context.

He said: "We knew that we wanted to play with a lot of big, fun destruction, but at the same time, we wanted to say, 'There's a price for this'. So we got very specific about it, because whether the Avengers are heroes or not is called into question in this movie, or whether the hero as a concept is still useful for society.

"It sort of becomes the central issue in the final battle, and it's also a good way for Earth's Mightiest Heroes to be put at a disadvantage."

Joss said the new movie will create a clear definition of a hero, which wasn't necessarily the case with the 2012 movie.

He told "What a hero does is not just beat up the bad guy - a hero saves the people."

What's more, Joss said it's important to portray destruction in a responsible way.

He shared: "Something that [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige and I talked about from the start was that we'd seen a little bit of a trend in movies where the city gets destroyed and the heroes say, 'We won!' And I'm thinking, 'Define win'."

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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