Joss Whedon has done well to keep our interest in The Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He revealed in June that Tom Hiddleston would not be reprising his role as Loki in the film but Whedon gave good reason as to why the Marvel Cinematic Universe would not be repeating villains.
“Every movie is going to be a different villain,” Whedon says.“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.”
Marvel announced the news earlier this week that James Spader would portray the film’s antagonist, Ultron, who has long been a chief villain for the Avengers since their comic creation.
Whedon also talked about his penchant for killing off beloved characters at unexpected moments which could possibly mean that even the heroes are not safe.
“Um… maybe?” he responds when asked if he thinks any of Marvel’s heroes could bite the bullet in the near future. “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?’”
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is intended to be the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is set to be scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and will see the return of its star-studded cast including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Samuel L. Jackson.
The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in early 2014 at Shepperton Studios in England. The release date will be May 1st, 2015.