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Joss Whedon on Avengers Age of Ultron: New villain will juice things up

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Joss Whedon has revealed why he chose Ultron as the main villain for his Avengers sequel.

The director admitted that he originally wanted to introduce the foe in last year's Avengers. Ultron is an artificial intelligence who first appeared in a 1968 issue of Avengers.

'The Cabin In The Woods' writer Joss Whedon gives a keynote speech at the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

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"I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie," he told Total Film.

"I was like, 'I don't know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron'. Because he's been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.

"He was great. He's somebody who can juice things up and he's a real problem for the Avengers. That's not always easy to find. It's not like the Vulture is really going to give them a hard time for 20 minutes."


Whedon recently said that Scarlett Johansson's character Black Widow will have a significant role in the sequel.

"Natasha (Black Widow) is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don't have their own franchises," he commented.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in cinemas in 2015.

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