Joss Whedon on 'Avengers 2': "'Strong But Damaged By Power' Describes Every Person in This Movie"

So, Avengers: Age of Ultron is all about a team of superheroes beating up an evil robot, right? Well, maybe not — according to writer and director Joss Whedon, there's much more moral ambiguity in the movie than that.

"'Strong but damaged by power' describes every person in this movie," Whedon told Fandango about the much-anticipated sequel. "It may, in fact, describe what the movie is about. You know, the more power that we have, the less human we are."

Along similar lines, he cited Mary Shelley's classic as a touchstone. "In the Marvel universe, there's a lot of Frankensteins," he said. "Steve Rogers himself, one of the better-looking Frankensteins of our era. There's a lot of people whether they're trying to do good or bad, who think they have the next big idea. And the next big idea is usually a very bad one."

That theme of misunderstood monsters carried through to the director talking about the movie's villain. Ultron, Whedon said, "feels a certain distance from humanity. When he's in his scenes, you want to feel like he will never understand that he's not the hero." He praised James Spader's performance for bringing the robot to life. "He and I share a genuine love of this version of Ultron, and he has an innate eccentricity in his delivery that is everything that I had hoped Ultron would be."

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released May 1, 2015.

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