Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Production Facts

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Differences and Similarities to the Comics

Every cinematic adaptation of a literary work undergoes some changes to the source material so that it can fit within a known Hollywood narrative structure.  Comic book movies are no different.  Characters and storylines need to be modified so that they become more compelling when played to an audience.  Here’s what Avengers: Age of Ultron drew inspiration from, and a few things the film departed from:

  • In the comics, Ultron was the creation of Hank Pym / Ant-Man.  In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ultron is the creation of Tony Stark / Iron Man.
  • Hawkeye’s new outfit is based on his original Marvel Comics outfit, his Ultimate Marvel outfit, and his Ronin outfit.
  • In the comics, the gem on Vision’s forehead is actually the Solar Jewel — allowing Vision to absorb ambient energy for power and also emitting a beam for defense.  For Avengers: Age of Ultron, this gem was changed to the Mind Stone — one of the stones to be placed on the Infinity Gauntlet.  Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon needed to introduce the Mind Stone anyways, so they thought this would be a good avenue.
  • The subtitle “Age of Ultron” is from an actual story arc in the comics, but the film has no relationship to what was presented in print.  Writer/director Joss Whedon had played around with various subtitles, but thought “Age of Ultron” was the best sounding even though it was already used in publication.
  • Unlike the comics, Quicksilver and his sister, Scarlet Witch, cannot be called “mutants.”  The character of Quicksilver originally presented a legal quandry for both Marvel Studios and rival Fox.  Quicksilver made his first live-action appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).  The character was portrayed by Evan Peters.  Because Magneto is Quicksilver’s father, Fox automatically had rights to the character, but Quicksilver has also been an intricate part of the Avengers.  The agreement between the two studios is that Marvel Studios cannot use the word “mutant” which includes the description of Quicksilver, and Fox cannot mention the Avengers in their properties.
  • Thanos was suppose to be the next villain the Avengers faced off with — the post-credits scene in The Avengers (2012) hinted at that — but Joss Whedon wanted a more grounded villain — someone or something that can show parallels to our own real world.
  • Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson were considered for the role of Carol Danvers / Ms. Marvel, and were slated to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  However, it was recently announced that Ms. Marvel will have a solo film, which scraps the original plans.

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