Since Phase Two started earlier this month with the release of ‘Iron Man 3’, news about the rest of Marvel’s next step for their cinematic universe has been pouring out. But recently, it seems like things are moving right on past ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and immediately to the next crown jewel of the franchise, ‘The Avengers 2’. All over the press, director Joss Whedon has been briefly speaking about what fans can expect in the follow-up to his massive 2012 hit that brought all of Marvel Studios’ heroes together in one live-action film for the first time ever.
Months after the first draft of the film was submitted, information began to be revealed about the sequel, including the addition of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to the cast. However, a few weeks after that announcement was made, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ director Bryan Singer revealed that the silver-haired speedster would be in his movie as well, which is something that he can do legally albiet the shadiness of the timing of his announcement. Despite the somewhat-kick in the face, the ever-gracious Whedon appeared on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ to talk about why he included the siblings in the first place. You can hear his reasoning in the clip below:
Then, in a recent interview with Empire Magazine (courtesy of Screenrant), the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ executive producer shared that he’s not going to do what many filmmakers do in sequels where they focus on the new villain as opposed to the core cast of characters:
“Yes, that always makes me cranky. I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been so interested in the ensemble. With the Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them. How do these guys feel, and what’s the way they conflict, and what’s the unexpected way they connect? Forming a team is one story; being a team is a very different story. The other thing is, you don’t try to top it. I know I will never make as pleasing a moment in a film as Hulk and Loki. You can’t chase that dragon. If you try to do exactly the same thing, the chances you’re going to do it better are very slim, and the only reason for me to devote three years to making another Avengers movie is the hope of making a better one.”
Whedon certainly has some big plans that he hopes to set in motion with ‘The Avengers 2’ and seems to be incredibly enthused about the new threat his team must face. Sure, there’s still all the talk about Thanos and his role in all of this, but everyone appears to be more curious to know how he’ll address the Maximoffs in his film without making reference to their mutant abilities or their lineage these days. (Or maybe the curiosity level is about the same depending on who you ask.) Regardless, as he continues to talk about what’s in store for the 2015 film, one can’t help but get excited for what’s in the future of Marvel Studios.
What do you think of Joss Whedon’s reasoning behind including Wanda and Pietro in ‘The Avengers 2’? Are you in favor of his approach to the film in general? Let us know in the comments.
‘The Avengers 2’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.