Marvel Studios Boss Talks ‘The Avengers 2′ Title & Roster

Published 11 months ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

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With the next two films from Marvel Studios, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy deep intro post-production for release dates closer to summer, the next feature on schedule is The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel to the third biggest box office hit of all-time begins principal photography in March, primarily shooting in London’s Pinewood Studios.

Not only does the next team-up return to a familiar shooting locale – where three of Marvel’s prior films shot – but The Avengers 2 sees the return of the entire cast of Earth’s Mightiest heroes along with their S.H.I.E.L.D. allies. They will of course, be joined by a few new heroes and villains, some that are still unconfirmed.

Speaking with SFX magazine, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige reiterated how the title of the film and its villain selection (and casting) came to be. As we’ve heard from writer and director Joss Whedon previously, introducing Ultron as the team’s next reason for getting together was something he pitched and tossed around ideas for with Feige during the production of The Avengers.

“We didn’t want to merely have a ’2′ after Avengers so we wanted to give it a subtitle. We have various things that we were looking at and Age of Ultron – which just happened to be a the name of a comic book series as well – was our favorite. I first met James Spader two or three years ago. I thought it would be great to have him in our universe and we finally found the right role with Joss’s version of Ultron.”

The clarification regarding the subtitle is actually an important one since the story of the film actually has nothing to do with the recent “Age of Ultron” miniseries in Marvel Comics. That’s a good thing, because despite the fitting title, the Age of Ultron books were critically slammed.

The more interesting discussion – and for some, a concern – about The Avengers: Age of Ultron is how it will introduce new characters, both heroes and villains, and still give them enough screen time to have worthy story arcs. Even with less characters in the first Avengers, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) didn’t get much to do – something the actor wasn’t shy about sharing his feelings on. The sequel, meanwhile, is bringing everyone back, adding siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to the team, and perhaps even including appearances of other supporting heroes such as War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) from the other Phase 2 films. Feige comments:

“It’s always a balance with any movie, not to overwhelm it with too many story elements. Certainly when it comes to comic book movies, you can fall into the trap of having too many villains and in the case of team-based movies, having too many heroes. But what Joss has in mind to bring those characters into the story happens in a very natural fashion over the course of the story. It’s also the tradition of the Avengers to switch up the roster every now and again and to have new characters coming in. It’s just part of the fun, but we wouldn’t have included them if it had just been a case of ‘Oh, we want two new figures, two new costumes.’ It very much flows with the story that Joss is creating.”

By “switching up” the roster are we going to see some of The Avengers taken off the team, perhaps even killed off like Whedon teased way back when? Is there room more than just cameo appearances for the supporting heroes of Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

We know Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are unlikely to be heroes from the start. Whedon explained that they don’t “necessarily agree” with the methods of The Avengers and of course, in Marvel Comics, they’ve been on the villainous side of conflicts more than once. There’s also the recent reports and rumors that Age of Ultron may feature another villain in a smaller role – and that character (details here) might be working with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch at the start of the film.

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More: The Avengers 2 Shooting in South Africa?

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, with unannounced films coming May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. i don’t think they will kill anybody off in Avengers 2 i think it will be more of a turning to the dark side like Black Widow

  2. Iron Man won’t be killed off but Tony Stark may be, and it most likely won’t be in AoU but in Avengers 3. Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios plan on making many more IM movies James Bond style. I probably didn’t say that correctly but people who read his interviews know what I mean. If anything I hope that James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine eventually takes over as Iron Man like in the comics, instead of recasting Tony Stark. I don’t wanna see Mark Wahlberg as Tony Stark/Iron Man. TBH I really don’t care for the James Bond approach. Now the only Avengers that I can actually see dying is Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Thor (that’s if Marvel or Joss Whedon sticks to canon). So Bucky Barnes as Captain America? Beta Ray Bill instead of Thor?

    BTW, Disney really doesn’t make the decisions for the MCU. As I understand it, Marvel greenlights their own films and has practically full control over their MCU. I only say this because people keep saying Disney this and Disney that.

    • Marvel is a production company funded by distributor Disney, largely they make their own decisions, however Disney still gets to okay what they put out and what they can’t. For example Shane Black’s original answer for Stark’s anxiety in Iron Man 3 was alcohol, but Disney said they didn’t want their flagship superhero to be an alcoholic. So yes they do step in from time to time, but it’s not what people act like it is.

      • Thx for clearing that up

  3. Stark likely died once going through the wormhole in Avengers and then Hulk revived him (not unlike restarting someone’s heart on the operating room table).

    He basically had Extremis figured out when he was drunk at the conference so in IM3 he “fixes” Pepper at the end by either (A) removing Extremis or (B) fixing the problems Extremis has.

    Likely, after IM3, he now has a Stark tweaked version of Extremis (like in the comics) in his own body that would allow him to perform a “Pepper” resurrection like in IM3.

    Once Doc Lu removed the reactor from his chest Tony gave himself his tweaked version of Extremis to make him like no damage had ever occurred.
    To quote Stark from IM2… “never has a better Phoenix metaphor been personified”.

    With that in mind we may indeed see him die in A2 only to see him resurrected at the most unexpected moment via Extremis (that he knows he has inside him but no one else knows).

  4. Let’s assume for a minute that with all the potential heroes for this movie that they COULD use would over-crowd the screen, and they ask the Mighty Me who they should include in the roster, and who I could live without in the next film Avengers #2….
    I would vote for having Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Goliath/Giant-Man (Hank Pym), and Wasp in the movie.
    I could live without Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and War Machine in there.
    If they are filming in South Africa, could they be thng nWakanda and Black Pnther at some point?
    It does not appear at this point that we will be seeing Goliath/Giant-Man and Wasp in Avengers #2. Well then, I sure do hope VERY MUCH that we see them in Avengers #3. At that time if they want to bring in Vision or Black Panther, well…I suppose that would be OK, but gotta have Goliath and Wasp!
    Eventually I would like to see Kang, Whirlwind, a REAL Mandarin, Skrulls and maybe Diablo fighting The Avengers at some point.

    • “thinking Wakanda and Black Panther”….oops, don’t type when you are tired.

    • LMAO, Black Widow was awesome, it was the lame Captain America that should be removed.
      CA 1 stunk bad, he stunk in The Avengers & from the previews,Winter soldier stinks horrible.
      The Hulk Made The Avengers, he was awesome.

  5. Honestly…I don’t know how to react to this. I am very skepticle that they’d kill anyone cuz as it was stated disney reserves the right to veto something they don’t like.

    As to who to ex if I had to would be nlack widow or iron man.

  6. Disney is fine with killing, if a franchise is going to go dormant for awhile (Hulk, Iron Man) they’d be fine with temporarily killing them off. Infact if they did that they wouldn’t have to deal with people demanding a movie that’s not in production (like people were with Hulk post Avengers). Plus with the infinity gauntlet it’s likely anyone dead could return to fight again. Or you could do a ragnoroc scenario with Thor, the Watcher stepping in revealing he saved Tony or Cap. Anyone is fair game, but if they’re an A lister don’t plan on them being dead foreverer.

  7. As one of the few females in he MCU, I would prefer they NOT kill off Black Widow (plus cuz she’s HOT). And you don’t actually have to KILL anyone for them to not be in an “Avengers” flick. Heroes move in and out of the Avengers all the time. Sometimes they’re just other places doing other things.

  8. Me personally I think tony stark is going to quit the avengers because ultron will probably kill pepper n stark is going to feel so guilty since he was responsible for creating ultron that he will just walk away.. The hulk will probably be sent off into space n probably meet with the guardians n with that u might have an intro into planet hulk.. I can see those 2 characters not getting killed off but just moving in another direction!!

  9. I would be very disappointed to see anything bad happen to Hawkeye. I think his character is definitely one of the most interesting from the film, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in more Marvel features in future. Jeremy Renner really brought the character to life!

  10. Filming in South Africa=Wakanda, obviously. So, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are Europeans who don’t agree with the Avengers and what they are doing. Only reason to bring in the Scarlett Witch is to have her hex something and change reality, Ultron. She and Quicksilver are extremely powerful, but extremely vulnerable. The Scarlett Witch is perfect for creating an unreal mess.