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Sunday 20 April 2014

Wright: Why no Ultron for Ant-Man

Edgar Wright says the best superhero movies keep things simple

Edgar Wright has explained he will not include robot character Ultron in his comic book movie Ant-Man, because he wants to keep it simple.

When the title of Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel was announced at Comic-Con as The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, fans began speculating there would be a link to Edgar's project. Ant-Man invented Ultron, before he went on to become a robotic supervillain.

But Marvel has denied there would be a link between the two films and Edgar told The Huffington Post: "It was never in my script. Even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It's why I think Iron Man is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple... the villain comes from the hero's technology. It's simple."

The British director explained he feels it is important not to focus on too many characters in one film.

He added: "I think why, sometimes, superhero films fail - or have mixed results - is because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that's really tough. And sometimes it's unbalanced.

"When I was younger I used to love Tim Burton's Batman. I was like 15 and even then I was aware, 'This is really the Joker's film.'

"It's like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don't learn too much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it's about kind of streamlining.

"Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It's impossible."

Edgar has been working on the script for the Ant-Man movie with Attack The Block's Joe Cornish for the past few years, and showed a test reel for the film at Comic-Con 2012. Ant-Man is expected to be released in November 2015.

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