Though it was Thanos seen coyly smiling after the credits of The Avengers, teasing that the villain would return to coquettishly grin again, it looks like that won't be happening in the film's first sequel. At Comic Con over the weekend, it was announced that Joss Whedon's Avengers follow-up will be titled Age of Ultron, with the titular asshole of a robot being the main antagonist.
In the comics, Ant-Man created Ultron, only to later sort of regret placing powerful, conscienceless artificial intellect within a near-indestructible shell. But while Edgar Wright is working on bringing Ant-Man to screens for 2015, apparently the movie version of Ultron isn't going to worry about that version of the origin story. "A lot of people assumed [Ant-Man] was going to be in the mix, but he's not," Whedon told MTV. "We're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the way side."
Likewise, the fact that the name "Age of Ultron" already belongs to a recent Marvel storyline had a lot of people assuming those comics would provide the basis for the movie. Turns out, that's also wrong. "Not the case," Whedon reportedly said of whether his script draws from the pre-existing Age of Ultron. "We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron ... We're crafting our own version of it where his own origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about." It seems only time will reveal what the Age of Ultron really is. Because an Ultron never tells.