Age of Ultron: Joss Whedon Discusses Killing Off An Avenger

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What do Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Serenity and The Avengers all have in common? Outside of adorable casts of characters, it’s the sadness and shock associated with the death of a key character in all of these Joss Whedon projects that fans latch onto the most.

For Whedon’s next big film endeavor, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the idea of “death” has been teased as far back as February, long before the title of The Avengers 2 was revealed. Is it therefore a forgone conclusion that one of Earth’s Mightiest will not live through the next team-up event?

Speaking with EW about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series airing on ABC next month – a show where oddly enough one of Whedon’s victims is resurrected – the writer/director and overseer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe spoke about idea of legitimately killing off a key character from the Marvel library.

“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?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies.”

With at least two new characters joining the team in the brother-sister act of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, possibly played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively, and contracts not getting any longer on actors playing already-introduced characters, Marvel will have to find a creative way to remove and replace characters on the core Avengers roster in the long-term. Whether that happens in Age of Ultron or sometimes further down in Phase Three of the MCU remains to be seen, but from the get-go Whedon has been clear about making his sequel more personal, more gripping and more – wait for it- “dark.”

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Lately it’s been repeatedly mentioned by Whedon and Marvel Studios President of Production Keven Feige (the man behind the curtains of the entire franchise) that Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) would get plenty of screen time in the sequel after practically being written out of The Avengers by becoming a brainless minion of Loki. With the actor’s schedule, Hollywood demand and minimal potential for spinoff, the ace archer is at the top of our list for potential to-be-KIA heroes.

There’s also potential for one of the new characters to not make it past their introduction and we suspect Scarlet Witch could very much be in danger as well, given that her character’s death is the primary plot motivator of the third volume of The Ultimates in Marvel Comics (which also happens to feature Ultron), a series of books the film universe draws much inspiration from. There’s also the fact that she will potentially be the first Avenger we meet whose powers are based on magic and that’s a can of worms Whedon may not want to keep left open for Avengers followups if she’s too powerful.

We can’t talk about character deaths without mentioning Captain America. At the end of the Marvel Civil War comic book event in the comics, Steve Rogers was assassinated, leading to his old pal Bucky (The Winter Soldier) picking up his shield and taking over the role of Captain America (until Rogers eventually returned from the dead, of course). While we don’t know if a Civil War story is possible in the film universe due to the rights of many key characters having been spread among other studios, the idea of Steve Rogers dying is one Marvel might be crazy to ignore, especially with Chris Evans negotiating his initial offer down from nine features to just six, and the fact that The Winter Soldier is going to be introduced in the Captain America sequel next spring (played by Sebastian Stan who also has a six-picture deal).

After bringing back Agent Coulson, would the next “death” need to be for good or does such a concept not exist in Marvel comic book films, much like it doesn’t in Marvel Comics?

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Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Scarlet witch probably won’t die because vision is in it and they will probably fall in love at the end

    • True dat

  2. but… Hawkeye is too awesome to kill off T-T. I mean c’mon, say his name fast and it sound like “hot guy”

    • My sister and I were talking about him and she said ‘Hawk-eye’ and I turned real fast thinking she was trying to get on my nerves and I said, ‘What’d you say?’ And she went slowly,. ‘Hawk. Eye’. and I was ‘Ooohhh, I thought you said ‘hot guy!’ and she went ‘no.’

  3. They CANNOT kill off Steve. If they do, that will be a horrible idea. Chris HAS to sign another contract in order to keep the fans entertained and pleased since WE LIKE HIS CHARACTER. And they can’t kill off ANY big character unless it’s Ultron. I won’t mind him biting it. An Avenger, however, dying I WOULD MIND. That can’t happen!

    • YES!!! I agree with this one!! Hello?! Any major producers reading?

    Captain America is too, pretty. He entertains the fans.
    Black widow is too special and secretive there is a lot we still need to learn about Natasha.
    Hawkeye is like cap, he entertains us and leaves us love struck. He’s the ‘hot guy’ hawkeye.
    Hulk will never die. I mean, he’s cute in an angry way.
    Thor is a beautiful prince, DONT KILL HIM!!!
    Iron man is like hawkeye and cap and thor, too hot for words. He’s entertaining and attracts fans . He can’t go !!
    I don’t thibk there should be new avengers. 6 is enough right? With their mixture they could fight the world. Or the universe.

    • You’re forgetting that Cap’s the leader of the team, and that things won’t end well without him as the leader.

  5. Ever thought about Steve Rogers getting killed after he got hurt first time in the Return of the first avenger? He will get killed and bucky takes over the cap costume for the next movies (to fill the chris Evan/Sebastian Stan contract gap) like in the “Death of Captain America” and then Steven Strange revives him anyway in Phase 3.

  6. Sadly I think it could be tony stark, even more so if he has a hand in creating ultron, but I think if that happens it will be along the lines of everyone thinks he’s dead, but actually in space or something, and possibly Ant-man fills in the gap for a while? I could get behind that.

  7. *sigh*

    I must be the only person who read the interview Whedon gave to Entertainment Weekly last summer. He EXPLICITLY said that Marvel has forbidden him from killing off any of the Avengers.

  8. Ultron kills Captain America. Hulk kills Ultron. Bucky Barnes becomes new Cap.

    • I actually think it will be Iron Man because his series is almost over and he has only a contract for Avengers 3 as well, so I’m speculating that he will die and maybe scarlet witch can revive him because she has the power to do that. Captain America will certainly not die because he still has Cap 3 and Avengers 3 in his contract. Though I like the idea of Doctor Strange reviving one of the heroes in a post credits scene in Phase 3. That would be exciting.

  9. I’m so sick of Joss Whedon and his huge ego. He made only one good successful show, Buffy, and that was a long time ago. all his other shows bombed.
    He needs a reality check, nobody goes to the movies to see heroes suffer. Nobody wants to see an avenger killed. that’s why avengers 1 was so successful, because the characters were worldwide famous, the actors were very talented and no avenger died.

    AND ENOUGH WITH THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA! That comic was years ago, HE WAS NEVER DEAD. He traveled through time, and then he came back.
    And in the Marvel movies Captain America is one the most famous and successful characters, see Cap 2 and how much money that movie made.

    • Yeah!

      Cap never died! Wasn’t the gun Sharon Carter used to shoot him while she was brainwashed some time capsule thingy?

      Sharon dies later on in the future too.

  10. if anyone dies it should be joss whedon tbh

  11. Actually, Sebastian Stan has a nine picture deal. Considering he has seven movies left with Marvel and Chris Evans three, the possibility of Bucky taking over is there. However, I doubt he will die in Age of Ultron, as the third installment of the Captain America series has already been announced and scheduled for 2016. Considering no one in the MCU is dying though, I’m praying that Wheadon doesn’t have too large of a blood-lust.

  12. I think it’ll probably be Quicksilver, cause of the whole Xmen Days of Future Past thing.
    Remember, it’s 2030 until FOX can give up Xmen.

  13. No way. More people chose Hawkeye to dye. He cant die because in most of the last movie he worked for Loki. Hulk in stronger than any human being so he cant die. Thor is a god. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch just entered into the Avengers. So did Falcon and Vision. It will be either Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, or Nick Fury, which he will doe eventually

  14. Considering the changes coming up in Thor, could it be?

  15. i think iron man will die because it is unexpected and his franchise has pretty much ended now as he destroyed his suits and he almost died in the last film.

    • i agree with adam , tony stark might die and his half brother takes over the iron man suit , RDJ has gone as far as he can go with iron man , not to mention IM3 was pretty lame , big let down

      • Nope.

        Iron Man was AMAZING, Iron Man is the most interesting character in the avengers.

  16. I hope Black Widow survives!!!!

    Also, will Sharon Carter be in Avengers 2?

  17. They could kill Tony and Vision could receive his consciousness, making him a pretty cool sidekick for War Machine in his feature.

  18. I prefer no one dies. But if he does kill someone, it’s Hawkeye or War Machine or Quick Silver after he joins the Avengers. Hemsworth, Evans and Downey jr still have 1-2 movies left. Or he can make it seem like Thor dies but he comes back in Thor 3 and teams up with the unit again in Avengers 3.

  19. Kill Hawkweye. Nobody cares about him.

  20. This news item has legs… MARVEL STUDIOS, in a misguided effort to please EVERYONE and be spot-on politically correct, has announced MAYOR CHANGES in KEY characters.

    Most insulting to us, long-time fans (over 40 years), the are DETERMINED to KILL THOR, as a male character, and make it a girl. From now on; Thor will be a GIRL!

    This is NOT about equality. There are Great female characters in the MARVEL UNIVERSE that I would likewise feel just as strongly; against ANY gender change, Ms. Marvel and Angela being two of them.

    As FANS, we have to reach the people at MARVEL STUDIOS and STOP THIS MADNESS!

    • Better be Hawkeye or Iron Man.

      Hawkeye is not a fan fav.
      Ironman’s franchise might be over…
      …so this might be a good choice ..if.. one of the Avengers get killed.

      No offence for those who disagree.

  21. Captain america will die sooner or later..but for this movie it will most definantly be one of the twins, black widow or war machine

    • Kill Hawkeye….he’s second string anyway. Bring on the Surfer. I know he was a member of the Defenders, but he’s the coolest hero. He can pretty much take on the Avengers by himself. The FF movie did not do him justice.

  22. Don’t kill Hawkeye next. Kill one of the “fan-faves” then have Hawkeye “Avenge” them, as he would. That should make him a fan-fave after that.

  23. Yes friends it seems that ole Hawk-eye has the smell of death hovering about him! I cant think of anyone more expendable sorry dude!

  24. how dare you all…I can’t believe you guys are vouching for Hawkeye to die..Hawkeye is great man. I want an entire team. I’m not just somebody who only cares about the core..a team is a team.

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