In Joss Whedon's The Avengers, the top grossing film of 2012, superheroes introduced over four years of Marvel Studios films came together for a common goal when the world needed them most. Loki, Thor's evil stepbrother from Asgard, came to Earth and brought with him an army of alien soldiers with the help of Thanos, and by doing so, rallied together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk, along with the secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. organization and its top agents.
Loki however, wasn't originally intended to be the only villain wreaking havoc against Earth's Mightiest.
Marvel Studios is well-known for having strict creative control over each of their films - much to the chagrin of some of their directors - and it's because of that long-term vision they were able to craft an inter-connected universe that paved the path for The Avengers and all of its success. When it came to their flagship film, there was only one main point of contention between the studio and writer/director Joss Whedon, and it was over a second main villain, one that could engage in fisticuffs with The Avengers.
Cinema Blend attended Director's Guild of America screening of The Avengers yesterday Joss Whedon was in attendance and in a following Q&A session, revealed the following about the villains of The Avengers and how Loki became the solo adversary.
"I definitely felt like I have Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, I have four of the biggest, baddest… just the toughest guys out there – and I have one effete British character actor... The ace in the hole is Tom Hiddleston, because he's so compelling and commanding and gracious about it that it became, 'Oh it's about how he gets in their heads – it's going to be fine. But it took me a long time to accept that because they need someone to hit!"
Whedon chose the Chitauri, and he chose to have Thanos appear in the post-credits sequence, but this second villain he would not reveal, as he says that character could show up in the films at a later point in time. From Whedon's words, it seems obvious that the mystery character is physically intimidating, and one that has yet to be announced for the in-production films Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, so who could it be and could that villain show up in The Avengers 2 working for Thanos?
Kang? Korvac? Ultron? Who do you think Whedon wanted to see fight The Avengers in their first movie?
Note: Whedon also talked about early drafts of the script including Wasp in a major role when they were unsure of Scarlett Johansson's availability, but that was previously revealed in the summer and we talked about it then. Count on her introduction in Phase Two, potentially in Iron Man 3.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
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Source: Cinema Blend