One of the artists on Avengers: Age of Ultron revealed that Kevin Feige stepped into change Joss Whedon’s original design for the villain.
Although Avengers: Age of Ultron is looked back on as fondly as the first film, it’s hard to deny that James Spader did some excellent work in bringing the eponymous villain to life. But he nearly had a more grounded look instead of his repurposed Stark-tech design. According to one artist, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige intervened when he saw what Joss Whedon had planned for the villain. Whedon has been in the headlines a lot recently as Ray Fisher continues his campaign to get justice for the cast and crew who were affected by the director’s alleged abusive behavior on the Justice League reshoots.
According to artist Phil Saunders, Joss Whedon wanted Ultron to be filled with gears and pistons to give him more of a realistic look. Saunders explained that the designs were too ‘endoskeleton’ for his taste in the caption of his first photo. The artist went on to reveal more concept art from Avengers: Age of Ultron which shows an earlier look of the grounded style that Kevin Feige didn’t like. Take a look at the early Ultron designs below.
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More #ultron from #avengers #ageofultron. Director Jos Whedon wanted more ‘grounded’ tech (read pistons and gears, etc.) than my earlier designs, so we ended up pursuing a direction that was frankly too ‘endoskeleton’ for my taste. Thankfully Keven Feige stepped in and steered us toward what made it to the screen, but for a while I got to paint some cool hardware! #marvel #marvelstudios #mcu #conceptdesign #conceptart #conceptartist #digitalart #digitalillustration #photoshop
What do you think of the original designs for Ultron? Are you glad Kevin Feige wanted to change Joss Whedon’s look for the villain? Sound-off in the comments below!
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron:
Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind…if they can! This action-packed adventure is a mind-blowing blast!
Written and directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Source: Phil Saunders