Did JOSS WHEDON Reveal Two New AVENGERS 2 Characters?

Sure, we're all excited for Iron Man 3, which had its big Hollywood premiere Wednesday night and hits US theaters Friday, May 3, 2013. But as comic book fans do, we always look forward to not only what's just on the horizon, but what's far beyond it.

In the end, all of the Marvel Studios "Phase 2" films, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and perhaps to a slightly lesser extent Guardians of the Galaxy, will lead to one end goal: Avengers 2. The sequel will bring our favorite Avengers back together as a team to once more defeat a threat on a day unlike any other, while also, of course, introducing new heroes and villains into the fold.

On the red carpet of the Iron Man 3 premiere, Avengers 2 writer-director Joss Whedon may have revealed who two of those new characters will be.

"When you're dealing with the story, when you've got the characters that you love, when you've got the new characters sliding in next to them - it's very exciting. Then I don't feel pressure, then I feel like I'm reading my favorite comic," Whedon began telling Yahoo!News. "I've got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act, they're in the movie. That's exciting! You lock certain things in, there's a fluidity."

The statement came soon after telling the Yahoo! reporter that he had "finished a draft" of the Avengers 2 script, and said it was "in really good shape. We're in a really good place."

Of course, the most famous "brother-sister act" associated with The Avengers is that of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. The twin children of X-Men villain Magneto, the pair debuted as members of his "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants" in 1964's X-Men #4. Soon after, in 1965, they turned hero, joining The Avengers in issue 16 of the first volume, alongside members Captain America, Iron Man, and Hawkeye - three characters that should sound awfully familiar to movie fans.

The duo are a slightly tricky situation for film. As mutants (and the kids of Magneto), it seems at first glance they could belong to the film rights Fox owns for X-Men and its related characters. But as longtime and integral Avengers, Marvel Studios may have been able to hang onto them. It may be a case of simply not calling them "mutants" and of course ignoring their parentage to get away with their usage. In fact, in an April 2012 interview with HeyUGuys, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige addressed the pair directly.

Interviewer Ben Mortimer asked Feige, "Let's get geeky and very specific. There are two characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who Fox would own because they're mutants?"

"They're uh - It’s a little complicated, but if they want to use them in an X-Men movie they could, and if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could. They're unique," Feige said.

Whedon offered no more hints as to the identities of the pair of new characters, but did continue to tease his excitement for Avengers 2 while praising Shane Black and Iron Man 3, as well as Robert Downey, Jr - including alluding to the elusive actor already being signed for the film, something the actor has dodged in interviews.

"You're working with Robert," Whedon said while explaining his script revision process for Avengers 2. "Robert's going to want to do something new on the day [of shooting], and you're going to want him to, because it's going to be funny! So you always keep yourself open."

As for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series, "They haven't said go and make many of these, for it will be on the air" just yet. Whedon did say they "will explain why Agent Coulson is in the pilot" during that first episode.

See the full Yahoo! interview with Joss Whedon below.

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