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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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