Changes from the source material to the big screen aren't exactly something new. Sometimes they're small and reasonable alterations to powers, relationships or origin stories. Other times, they're more like "Deadpool/Weapon XI," and make fans question why the character is even used if they're going to undergo massive changes. A sequel to The Avengers is still quite some time away, but a few short blurbs from director Joss Whedon have already begun a fairly heated debate.
This movie will be all about the villain Ultron, but its creator, Hank Pym, won't be in the movie. Naturally, this is a pretty polarizing aspect of the film (despite still only knowing the bare basics) and we wanted to see how everyone here at Comic Vine was reacting to it. The poll was pretty evenly divided, but a narrow majority says they have faith in how Joss Whedon will handle the plot.
- No, I have faith in Joss Whedon and he'll make it work: 37%
- Yes, it's a big change and I'm not exactly happy about it: 35%
- It's too early to tell. Let's wait and see: 27%
Honestly, I'm siding with the 37%. As for the "Why not just include Hank Pym? How hard would that be?" comments, keep in mind we have NO idea what the plans are for Pym over in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man (a film expected to come out after Avengers: Age of Ultron). For all we know, that could be a serious reason why Whedon isn't using the character in his team-up film. Additionally, Whedon has consistently proven to be a talented director/writer, so I'm fairly sure that when we are hit with a huge change, I won't want to flip a table. Then again, I've always thought changes from the panel to the big screen are totally understandable if pulled off well -- and when it comes to Whedon's abilities, I do indeed have faith. Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to come out in the summer of 2015, so this debate certainly won't be over any time soon.