Kevin Feige offers details on Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige sat down with SFX Magazine to discuss the future of the Marvel cinematic universe after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. After speaking about Guardians of the Galaxy, the discussion ultimately went on to talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Joss Whedon had a great idea for the character and how to use him to unify the Avengers again and acquire their services once more,” says Feige when asked on why Ultron was chosen as the main villain for the sequel. “He was a favorite. Joss and I were on the production of the first Avengers movie and we started having conversations about Ultron, and how he could come about and how we could adapt his origin to the continuity of the cinematic universe. It literally was just little discussions between takes but thankfully Joss files all that kind of stuff away in his brain. Then when the time arrived, he started outing it, so he went back to that and built a very good story.

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As for how he acquired the services of The Blacklist actor James Spader, Kevin Feige says, “I first met James Spader two or three years ago. I thought it would be great to have him in our universe and we finally found the right role with Joss’s version of Ultron.

SFX Magazine went on to ask Feige if Avengers: Age of Ultron will have anything in common with Brian Michael Bendis’ series event of the same name, “We didn’t want to merely have a ‘2’ after Avengers so we wanted to give it a subtitle,” he says. “We have various things that we were looking at and Age of Ultron – which just happened to be a the name of a comic book series as well – was our favorite.

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With Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (and War Machine) joining the ensemble, Feige was asked whether there’s a possibility there could be too many characters in the film. “It’s always a balance with any movie, not to overwhelm it with too many story elements,” assures Feige. “Certainly when it comes to comic book movies, you can fall into the trap of having too many villains and in the case of team-based movies, having too many heroes. But what Joss has in mind to bring those characters into the story happens in a very natural fashion over the course of the story. It’s also the tradition of the Avengers to switch up the roster every now and again and to have new characters coming in. It’s just part of the fun, but we wouldn’t have included them if it had just been a case of ‘Oh, we want two new figures, two new costumes.’ It very much flows with the story that Joss is creating.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron destroys theaters May 1st, 2015.

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