Would Joss Whedon Be Willing To Kill Off An Avenger?

August 26, 2013

While discussing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Entertainment Weekly, director/writer Joss Whedon was asked if he’d ever kill off one of the lead characters. They somewhat “killed” off Agent Coulson, but would the studio be okay with saying goodbye to Iron Man or Captain America in The Avengers: Age of Ultron?

“I’m always joking about that. Um…maybe?” says Whedon. “But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel execs] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies.” 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are in negotiations to join the cast as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

The sequel is is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1st, 2015.

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