I know this news story is technically one day late but it is not only Avengers 2-related but Joss Whedon-related so it has to be blogged about yo. As per usual the following news comes from superherohype:
“A rumor started a few weeks ago that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be joining the team in the upcoming Avengers sequel. Further signs continued to point towards the characters’ inclusion in the film and now writer/director Joss Whedon has confirmed the characters will appear in an interview with IGN. In the interview, he spoke about their involvement in the film.
“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”
We’ve learned exclusively at SuperheroHype that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is the “prototype” for their version of the Scarlet Witch, but no casting has taken place.
Whedon also spoke about how the ending to Iron Man 3 (spoiler ahead!) showed a potentially changed Tony, but he’s still tied to The Avengers.
“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve changed’ — he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, ‘Yes!’”
Casting for The Avengers 2 is still coming together with many rumors flying around about potential actors being replaced. Regardless of who ultimately assembles for the sequel, Marvel’s The Avengers 2 hits the big screen on May 1, 2015.”
While the new information we get isn’t that big it does confirm a few things and makes me just that bit more hopeful about the future of this sequel. Firstly Whedon confirmed the appearance of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the brother and sister who are obviously from the X-Men universe as the children of Magneto. Now loads of people especially comic book fans called this out instantly but it’s always great to get confirmation from the man himself. I like how Whedon states that these characters won’t necessarily be making things easer for the Avengers group and that is cool, what is a film without a good bit of conflict?
As for the deal with Iron Man I’m hoping he will return and I’m glad that Whedon has basically said that if the Avengers call for him that he’ll come along. I don’t see Avengers 2 working without Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, though again if RDJ doesn’t want to play the character anymore then I reckon he should be killed in the sequel. It would be super effective and would add a heavy dramatic element to the upcoming sequel. But I highly doubt Marvel would go that route, they’re not brave enough for that. Either way I look forward to seeing Tony Stark/Iron Man return in the next Avengers film in 2015.