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Truly, the first Avenger. Source: Superherohype.com

Some five months before The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens, director and geek god (blessed be his name) Joss Whedon sat down with /Film for probably his lengthiest, most detailed interview on the movie so far.

His biggest revelation: that he initially didn’t want to return for the Avengers sequel. Let me say that again: as unthinkable as it may have been, someone other than The Greatest Geek Director Alive could have been directing the movie.

“I didn’t actually want to make the film necessarily. I was ragged from the first one, and so I just turned off my brain. I was like, do not think of cool ideas for the next one. Just get through this. But after a few months when they talked about, um… This is now something that makes sense in my life; do I have anything to say?”

Whedon’s doubts were eventually set at ease when Marvel agreed to his requests that Ultron and Vision be the pivotal characters in the sequel.

And so – on to the movie itself and the returning cast of Cap (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) et al.

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“Why no solo movie for Hulk, Whedon? WHY?” ©Marvel Studios

The director weighed in on Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, acknowledging that the character hasn’t had a solo movie since 2008. And he had this little teaser for fans: “There’s something terrible coming that you’ll love.”

And what just what makes the Hulk so hard to write is that you’re pretending he’s a werewolf when he’s a superhero. You want to — you want it vice versa. You want to see him, Banner doesn’t want to see him, but you don’t want Banner to be that guy who gets in the way of you seeing him. So the question is, how has he progressed? How can we bring changes on what the Hulk does? And that’s not just in the screenplay. That’s moment to moment, because even when they are putting in post mix and temp mix you know, they have a library of two roars. ‘Aaarrgh! Uuurrgh!’ What if he wasn’t roaring? I’m angry, and I’m not roaring. I’m being very polite to a lot of reporters, but I’m filled with rage.”

Whendon was more reticent about Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, of whom he would only say: “Something’s up with that boy. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

But of course, the burning question is new additions Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and how they got their powers. Once again, Whedon wasn’t terribly detailed:

“Baron Strucker’s been doing experiments, and he’s got the scepter, and he’s been using alien tech to do them. It’s kind of where I landed with that. But look for an exciting ret-con in ‘Avengers 6!'”

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How will the terrible twins cope in the sequel? ©Marvel Studios

Last of all, Whedon reiterated that his treatment of the villain Ultron (James Spader) will humanise rather than demonise him. Or about as much as you can humanise an evil robot:

“Hopefully, you will come out of this, if not agreeing with him, [at least] getting him, and getting his pain, which leads to a lot of damage, and some humor, and how’s he different. I mean, villains are different from each other. The important thing for me is he’s not this external thing. He’s not Independence Day. I’m not criticizing that movie, but I’m saying that it’s not like we spent some time on the alien going, oh, I hate that Will Smith! Punched me right in the face! The first day there! When he’s in his scenes, you want to feel like he will never understand that he’s not the hero.”

Source: Comic Book Resources

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