Speaking to CBR, Avengers: Age Of Ultron director and Marvel Phase 2 mastermind Joss Whedon confirmed that while there’ll be no Hank Pym, the comic-book creator of the robot Ultron, he will still find his origins in the team.
“We’re not going to see Pym and all the accoutrement,” said Whedon. “Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we’ve got to own that…
“Then we have the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and I think that’s plenty, because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch did not begin their time as friends of the Avengers, so there’s going to be a lot of, well, conflict.”
Those looking for a quick fix of Thanos to bind Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Guardians Of The Galaxy are, alas, going to have to look elsewhere.
“We have to stay grounded,” Whedon explained. “It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It’s science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He’s always been the overlord of villainy and darkness.”