Excited for Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers 2” in 2015? Well you’re not alone. Joss Whedon is pretty excited, too, and while on the red carpet of “Iron Man 3’s” Hollywood premiere, the writer/director of not just the upcoming Marvel movie but also the producer/creator/writer on ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” (or “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”, depending on how wordy they want to get with this thing), tossed fans a bone or two about his two highly-anticipated projects.
About “The Avengers 2”, Whedon tells Yahoo that everything is coming along swimmingly:
I have actually finished a draft, we’re in a very good place. It’s an evolution, and that goes on all through shooting and it never stops. I’ve done enough shows and movies to be comfortable with that. You do come to a point where we all agree … You lock certain things in. But then there’s a certain fluidity when you’re working with Robert [Downey Jr.]. Robert’s going to want to do something new on the day, and you’re going to want him to, because it’s going to be funny. So you always keep yourself open… I try not to think of it as topping ‘The Avengers,’ I try to think of this as its own movie.
They all say that last part, but let’s face it, they always want to top the first movie, that’s why you always get more villains and more crazy action (and a bigger budget) the second time around.
I’ve been writing, meeting with actors, and we’re starting to storyboard and all the preliminary processes. This is the part where it’s all still fun.
Then Whedon let slip something that’s got the Internet buzzing — are we going to see a brother-and-sister team in “The Avengers 2”? Whedon apparently said this during the same event:
I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book; a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie. That’s exciting.
People assume he’s referring to the brother-and-sister team of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (below), the, er, very loving siblings and children of Ian McKellen’s Magneto. If that’s who he’s talking about and it’s not some joke (Whedon is prone to jokes, and as we all know, jokes don’t necessarily translate online where tone can be hard to detect), then it’ll be interesting how Marvel is going to pull that off, considering that Magneto is still a Fox property. (And that he’s actually talking about this two and not some other “brother-sister act”, which is entirely possible. What other brother-sister “acts” are out there in Marvel comic book land?)
But moving on to the SHIELD TV show (aka “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”), Whedon said this:
We’ve finished the pilot, Agent Coulson is in it, we will explain why in the pilot, and it is wonderful and [Gregg] is phenomenal in it. And we should find out in the very near future whether or not everyone gets to enjoy it as much as we already have.
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is due on ABC later this year, and will co-star Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.