EW.com has excerpted more from their interview with Joss Whedon in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, this time regarding the possibility of Whedon killing a member of the team in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Asked if he was planning “to axe” Thor, the Hulk, or one of the other heroesin the sequel, referring to a previous quote about “death, death, death,” Whedon replied:
“I’m always joking about that. Um… maybe? But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’”
Whedon also seemingly corroborated earlier comments that Tom Hiddleton’s Loki will not appear in Age of Ultron.
“Every movie is going to be a different villain,” Whedon said. “Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an Avengers movie.”
And speaking of 2015, mega-superhero team-up movies, a fan-created (fan Soylent Brak 1, to be precise) YouTube spoof ‘trailer’ for Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman Man of Steel sequel is making the rounds, featuring a grim Ben Affleck (cribbed by other movies, of course) as Bruce Wayne and Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, which is the subject of another, upcoming story.
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