Joss Whedon is a busy man, tangling with four major villains in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a veritable horde of superheroes, and Robert Downey Jr's new Twitter phase. That doesn't mean he's too busy to tease us with hints of what to expect from Ultron, though.
The director, speaking to Empire, has revealed that he's "having a blast with Ultron", hinting at some more details about the nature of the villainous robot's character in the process:
"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."
He also went on to address concerns that the massed ranks of villainy due to face the Avengers in the upcoming sequel are just there as fan bait, revealing that the addition of so many antagonists is indirectly because of Tom Hiddleston:
"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."
All of which sounds like good news - we all remember Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, and the perils of adding too many villains into the mix. If anyone can be trusted to get the balance of peril and pacing right though, it's Whedon. Especially as he also suggested that The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a very different film to its predecessor in every respect:
"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."
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Does Age of Ultron have too many villains?