AvengersMarvel News Making Mine Marvel AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Q&A written by Sean Gerber May 6, 2015 Our coverage of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron continues as we answer your questions about the film and its impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? What can we expect from Thanos between now and Avengers: Infinity War? We take on these inquiries and more! Hosted by Sean Gerber, Paul Hermann, Katie Sullivan, and Jeremy Flores. Direct download: MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Q&A Subscribe on iTunes. Making Mine Marvel AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Q&A was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Avengers: Age of Ultron 13 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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August 27, 2014 Astro Zombie Whedon was the one that pushed for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to be in the movie, so I can’t help but wonder if Quicksilver getting knocked off was a studio mandate after FOX used the character in X-MEN: Days of Futures Past, and received such a positive response. If I recall, Evan Peters has said he will be returning for Apocalypse as well. Whedon has stated that he shot a version in which Quicksilver lives and shows up in costume with Scarlet Witch at the end, and Whedon’s been very vocal about his battles with the studio in recent interviews. Shane So, just finished watching Agents of Shield: Scars. Is “Indexing” going to be the “Superhero Registration Act” of MCU’s Civil War? I think it might. Will wait with bated breath…. So the Inhumans may show up a little earlier than we think, maybe? Great show goes. Insightful as always. SeanLM I saw it again and took my 65 year old dad with me. His review: too much going on. He said he couldn’t even tell what was going on in the first battle. He didn’t understand what Scarlet Witch’s powers are. Neither do I. He thought the Batman v Superman trailer looked cool. So that’s the layman’s view. Registration wouldn’t be controversial in the MCU. Who even has a secret identity? Daredevil? The Avengers are already practically working on behalf of the world’s governments. I’ll guess what happens in Civil War is Cap does something early that screws over the US government (like refusing to turn over a list of “enhanced” individuals) and Iron Man reluctantly intervenes to get the macguffin from Cap. Hulk did not end up in space unless he was snatched up by an alien that wasn’t seen, referenced, or suggested. It’s the same sort of “Harvey Dent didn’t die, they hid him in Arkham somewhere,” nonsense. At the very end, Nick Fury says the jet’s energy signature indicates it ended up at the bottom of the ocean. Kerry Vanderberg Scarlet Witch’s powers are telekenesis and mind control/manipulation. It’s always been more vague than that in the comics, but I think they actually simplified it in this movie. Think Jean Grey from the X-Men and that’s basically Scarlet Witch here. SeanLM It’s badly established in the movie and that’s the director’s fault. For the first 90 minutes of the movie, all she does is mess with minds. The audience understands her powers. Then she saves the train out of nowhere. Finally she gets turned up to 11 for the last fight. It would be like showing Superman only fly in the first 90 minutes of a movie. Then out of nowhere, he uses heat vision, super strength, super-breathe and super-ventriloquism. Kerry Vanderberg There was the mid-credits scene in CA:TWS which Joss Whedon directed. In that scene she’s clearly floating around a couple of blocks and then smashes them into each other. I’m pretty sure Maria Hill said she had telekenesis or could move objects with her mind. I might be wrong on that. In her first fight against the Avengers alongside Ultron on the ship, she uses her telekenesis against Cap and Thor. I didn’t think it was that unclear. Believe me, it’s much better established here in the movie than in the comics. I first learned about the character back in the mid 90’s, and to this day I’ve NEVER heard a clear explanation of her power set. Joss Whedon has actually stated in interviews and featurettes what her powers are. Sean Gerber You are correct. Maria Hill explicitly states telekinesis is one of Scarlet Witch’s abilities very early in the film. Even before that, we see her knock Cap to the ground with a simple touch to the head (without actually manipulating his mind) and then slam a set of double doors shut without touching them. That’s the telekinesis at work right there. Also, I disagree with SeanLM. You can absolutely show a character using powers for the first time later in a film, even if you’ve only shown one up until that point, which didn’t happen here. This is especially true of a new character whose powers have not been tested or applied in the field when the movie starts (which is explicitly mentioned to be the case for Scarlet Witch). This is a character who is quite clearly still learning about her own capabilities, just as we are. Even in Superman origin films/stories, not all of his powers come in at the same time, nor do they all develop at the same speed. SeanLM I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on the directing. Superman’s powers develop at different times and at a different pace, because Superman is the main character and not one of fifty characters competing for screen time. Superman’s powers are already ingrained into the fabric of pop culture. Scarlet Witch’s aren’t. Nobody should have to see the mid-credits sequence of a previous movie to help them understand the movie they’re watching. In the scene with Cap, Maria Hill throws around a bunch of techno-babble and then says “He’s fast. She’s weird.” If it’s an important piece of exposition don’t turn it into a throwaway joke. That’s almost the filmmakers saying “She’s going to do whatever weird thing we need her to do. Don’t think about it. Just go with it.” If we’re thinking of the same doors, the slamming of the doors is intentionally shot in a weird, herky-jerky distorted way– almost like a Japanese horror movie. That’s immediately after she uses her hex. As for when she throws down Cap, I’ve seen it twice and I don’t recall that. Maybe if the boat sequence didn’t lead directly to the Iron Man/Hulk fight, I would remember it. The action sequences are so long and there are so many of them that even an engaged movie goer is not going to study every frame like it’s the Zapruder film. I wouldn’t bring this up about Wanda if I didn’t keep hearing this exact same complaint from different people with different familiarity with comics. It seems unlikely that they were all not paying close enough attention. stock I saw it again, too. This time as a regular feature, and it seemed to flow a lot better this time. IMAX movies are a different edit, and I didn’t groan at the jokes so much. Maybe it’s the 3d glasses that are messing me up:). I still have the same issues with both Stark and Ultron. If you’re going to set up a defense net for the world, then getting the idea past your 5 teammates isn’t the biggest issue. All in all, I enjoyed it more, just as gents and lady said. Question: (have to listen yet, sorry) What does Thanos mean by his statement? Was Ultron going to give him the stone? Did he just assume he would defeat Ultron and take it? Or is this just a throwaway comment signifying just a need to put Thanos in the movie? Michael Lalaian I have only seen the film once, but I have to agree with what Paul said on the roundtable show, which is that the film is a mess. I’m not entirely sure who’s fault that is, though. Whedon has already stated that the full cut for the film came in at around 3h15m and then they whittled it down to the current running time. Maybe it wasn’t feasible to have a three hour plus Avengers film in cinemas, but that may actually be a more cohesive and enjoyable movie on Blu-Ray. I really hope that we get that extended cut that’s been rumored online. That said, I don’t dislike anything that is *in* the movie. Rather, I wish there were more things that were left out of it. My complaints basically come down to these three factors: – 1. Stark’s Accountability. Leading up the film, most of the conversation regarding the plot of AoU was how it would represent serious consequences for Tony Stark’s actions. This wasn’t really followed up on much in the film, which made it unclear how we as an audience are meant to feel about Stark. I won’t go into this too much as Robert has already written a whole article on this very point. You should go read it! – 2. Lack of the public & media. On one hand, this film has a huge scale, on the other, it seemed kind of small to me. Not small in action, but small in impact. The number one reason for this was the complete lack of public opinion or media coverage within the universe. Maria Hill does have a line where she says the media is having a field day with this, or something to that extent, but we never see it. That was weird to me, especially since the MCU films have generally been good on this point. Whether its the Joan Rivers/Bill O’Reilly/Bill Maher TV cameos in the Iron Man movies or the news footage at the end of the first Avengers, you always get the feeling that these movies take place in a populated world. This one felt very insular to me. Sure, they travel to a lot of places, but everything just feels very isolated. Sure, we see people running and ducking in African and Sokovia, but that’s all that they’re there to do: run and duck. Where are the scenes of Ultron announcing himself to all of humanity, simultaneously across every screen on the planet? Where is the footage of TV pundits arguing about whose fault this all is? Where are the scenes of President Ellis and other world leaders having to make hard calls regarding their next course of action? All that would have one a long way for me. 3 – Ultron is a very short-sighted AI. I get it, people suck. Our pre-frontal lobes are too small and our adrenaline glands are too big. We’re predisposed to fight among ourselves over all manner of things, more important and unimportant. But its such a lazy “out” to say that the only way to maintain peace is if we’re not here at all. But we’ve seen evidence of certain societies flourishing when they adopt certain values or ways of life. Why didn’t Ultron take that route? With his ability to manipulate all technology everywhere, he could have easily hacked into the banks and solved wealth inequality. Or maybe instead of wasting all that vibranium building asteroid-jets under Sokovia he could have used those metals to develop water filtration units for poor villages throughout the developing world. Or perfected the process by which we make synthetic foods. Or deposed despotic dictators. Or, you know, any one of a million solutions that regular human political and social scientists have already discussed as being beneficial to society. I would have loved to see these ideas explored, even if after exploring them Ultron still decided that it was inevitable that humans could not live peace. Despite all that, I would still say I enjoyed the film, but I really wish some of this stuff was fleshed out more. stock Ok, so you addressed the Thanos question first. I might also think he was speaking of annihilating the human race, but it isn’t really clear either way. New question: is Hawkeye enhanced? I know he’s got the greatest bows (and I’m jealous as hell) but he also pulls and shoots almost as fast as Legolas. I’m thinking the Super soldier serum kid dose. But I don’t remember it mentioned. Kerry Vanderberg No, he’s human. Just really good at the bow and arrow. No enhancement. One reason it might look like he’s shooting really fast on screen is because I heard/read somewhere that they add in the arrows digitally. So Renner is really just pulling on the bow and releasing. I think he said in an interview if he was firing off actual arrows he would hit random members of the crew. So I bet that’s why it looks like he pulls and shoots really fast. GibLesPaul456 Okay…I agree that Age of Ultron’s depiction of Quicksilver was closer to the comic book and he has a longer and more developed character arc with respect to the overall story. And Aaron Taylor-Johnson was charming as the cocky but protective brother of Scarlet Witch. But Evan Peters’ depiction of Quicksilver in X-Men Days of Future Past was a scene stealer and was part of a show-stopper that all future depiction of speedsters on film will be compared to…so all in all I liked Evan Peters’ version more. And as for Evan Peters’ Quicksilver not joining the X-Men for the rest of the movie…this version of the character was a teenager who appeared to have ADD along with his super speed. Unless the X-Men had a definitive single-track mission that Quicksilver would be totally hyped in participating (like breaking Magneto out of the Pentagon)…he would be getting himself into all sorts of mischief and ultimately become a distraction. And this version of Quicksilver is not battle-tested and is a sheltered kid from the suburbs…he has not seen war up close and life is still a game to him. His utilization in the Magneto escape (which is the ULTIMATE GAME for him) and leaving him behind as the rest of the X-Men went to France in the next act of the movie was the right play.