Joss Whedon has ruled out an Ant-Man appearance in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The director – who revealed the sequel’s new subtitle at Comic-Con this weekend – told Comic Book Movie that the character is not scheduled to be included in the superhero movie:
“Well, because there was a book called Age of Ultron quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. 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 wayside.
“We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics, particularly Ultron.”
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is due to be released in 2015.