Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2015
Guide To Marvel's Infinity War
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Empire’s Peter Jackson Issue Subscribers' Cover Arrives
Five Armies, three elves, two heavenly creatures and one giant ape
Martin Freeman Wants To Do The Taliban Shuffle
He's in talks to join Tina Fey's new film
Brad Pitt Activates Alpha
A new idea from Robopocalypse's Daniel H. Wilson
The Stand Will Stretch To Four Films
Josh Boone doesn't think it too many
Penelope Cruz Set For Zoolander 2
Co-starring with Ben Stiller
Jerry Bruckheimer Sets Global Frequency At Fox
Adapting Warren Ellis comics for TV
Bryce Dallas Howard May Meet Pete's Dragon
She's in talks for the Disney reboot
Andrew Garfield May Head To Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gisbon in talks to direct the drama
Matt Smith Encounters Patient Zero
Somebody needs a doctor
Steve McQueen Finds Widows
He's adapting Lynda La Plante's 1980s TV series
Jason Reitman Plans A Heist
Nick Hornby to adapt I Would Only Rob Banks For My Family
Podcast #137: Chadwick Boseman, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
What we do in the podcast studio
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
13 November 2014
Extended Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Shows Up
A few more shots of Cap and co...
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
24 April 2015
Foxcatcher
09 January 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Begin Again (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Thanks For Sharing (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Now You See Me (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Joss Whedon Talks Avengers 2 Casting
And Kevin Feige discusses Phase Three

19 May 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: IGN/EW

submit to reddit

Joss Whedon Talks Avengers 2 Casting

Last month, when Iron Man 3 hit cinemas, Joss Whedon walked the red carpet to support his Marvel colleagues and got talking about his work writing Avengers 2. He dropped a hint that a brother-sister team could feature in the sequel, with internet speculation jumping immediately to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Now, Whedon’s been chatting with IGN and confirmed that the duo at least appears in the current script draft.

“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with the Avengers,” he says. “So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.” Joss Whedon making life easy for his characters? Perish the thought!

That’s not all the Marvel news to leak onto the web this weekend, as Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kevin Feige and others to talk about the company’s filmic plans for Phase Three, which kicks off in 2015 with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.

The company president didn’t have a lot to say about the likelihood of Doctor Strange, Black Panther or other characters being part of Phase Three, since they’re still in development. He did, however, confront all the recent Hulk standalone rumours. “What we’re excited about exploring and expanding is Mark – and Banner’s not in Planet Hulk at all,” Feige says. “The fun of the Hulk is his interaction with humans. Mark could stand in his own movie. We’re talking about it. We’re excited to sit down and go, ‘What is a stand-alone Hulk movie?’”

As for the ironclad elephant in the room, i.e. the likely return of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man? Since negotiations are presently still ongoing (Downey Jr completed his original contract with Iron Man 3), both sides are pushing their agendas. “My intent is to launch another franchise, independent of any that I can even imagine right now,” says Downey, planting the possible seed for him to leave. “My intent is to dominate the playing field for as long as I can, with my own challenges, with myself.” He’s definitely in talks for Avengers 2 and conceivably a third, but more stand-alone Stark? We’ll have to wait and see.

Feige, on the other hand, countered with his thoughts on the future. “I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th,” the producer says. “I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that.”

For more from Feige and co on Phase Three, head to EW.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Cannes 2013: Seduced And Abandoned Initial Reaction
James Toback and Alec Baldwin take on film financing
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

RE: RE:
It's a shame he's looking at Quicksilver who I've never liked & this is coming from a massive fan-boy of nearly all speedsters in comics from The Flash(es) through to the Whizzer, I've always found Pietro to be one if not the most anoying of Marvel characters & is far better suited to be a Villan. Scarlet Witch though is fine I think the team needs more females so her & The Wasp would be fine though would love to see one of my all time favs The Vision BUT! then you'd have to bring Ultron into i More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:22 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Osric SPOILERS - - I don't understand why there's even all this talk about future Iron Man films. I thought Iron Man 3 quite expicitly finished them as a trilogy. Tony no longer has the heart thing, he broke up his stuff, and it's made really clear that, with real superpowered superheroes arriving like Thor and Cap, Iron Man is now redundant. I can totally see that we could continue to have RDJ as a non-IM Tony Stark in future Avengers films, and I can see that there might be scope More

Posted by Dannybohy at 15:38 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: I agree
Hawkeye and Widow film either independent or together would be awesome, hopefully they will do this in future. But yes there is also GoG in phase two. More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 12:01 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

I agree
After seeing The Avengers I was very excited at the prospect of a Hawkeye and Black Widow team-up film - it would've been awesome. More

Posted by Seamie at 09:58 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
SPOILERS - - I don't understand why there's even all this talk about future Iron Man films. I thought Iron Man 3 quite expicitly finished them as a trilogy. Tony no longer has the heart thing, he broke up his stuff, and it's made really clear that, with real superpowered superheroes arriving like Thor and Cap, Iron Man is now redundant. I can totally see that we could continue to have RDJ as a non-IM Tony Stark in future Avengers films, and I can see that there might be scope for the Don Cheedl More

Posted by Osric at 09:40 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
You're forgetting 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. More

Posted by xzynomorpher at 05:47 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
Are there only 3 films in Phase 2? (Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2) Shouldn't there be at least two more films before Avengers 2 ?? More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:45 on 20 May 2013 | Report This Post

Don't recast Iron Man!
If RDJ isn't having as much fun as he seems to be and won't come back, they should lose the character. It's his charisma that makes Tony Stark work so well. Nobody wants to see Bradley Cooper or John Hamm doing a RDJ impression, they simply can't 'James-Bond' it. Also, I'm seriously excited to see what Whedon can do with the Scarlet Witch, but wondering why Hawkeye is absent from Phase 2. They seem to be underusing both the character of Barton and the talented Renner here. More

Posted by freyar_88 at 20:59 on 19 May 2013 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Farewell To Middle-Earth Issue:
Guest -Edited By Peter Jackson

The countdown to Empire's stunning new issue begins here...

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Robert De Niro
The heavyweight champion of character immersion, explosive rage and jawdropping subtleties

Empire Meets Thelma Schoonmaker
On editing Scorsese, GoodFellas and a life in film

5 Possible Captain America: Civil War Roles For Daniel Brühl
Failing a Red Skull return, here are some Marvel villains the actor could play...

Kit Harington On How To Train Your Dragon 2
As the sequel hits home entertainment, we talk to the Game Of Thrones star

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)