With the superhero movie genre experiencing its own renaissance, there've been attempts to give more superheroines time to shine. The CW's long-troubled Wonder Woman series, 'Amazon,' might still possibly find its footing, while fans have been shouting praise for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. Why is it taking so long for a solid female-driven superhero flick to happen? 'Avengers' and 'Avengers 2' director Joss Whedon has the answer, and it pisses him off.
One of the stickier problems with the Marvel movie universe is that the rights to various characters are split up amongst many separate studios, meaning that the X-Men could never meet up with Spider-Man like they could in the comics. However, that hasn't stopped fans from daydreaming about these characters crossing paths someday. Now, with even Hugh Jackman chatting about the possibility of 'The Wolverine' meeting up with 'The Avengers' those dreams may now feel the slightest bit more real.
All the focus on 'The Avengers 2' has recently fallen on one of the film's new additions, Quicksilver, as Fox has unexpectedly cast their own version in the new 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' (You can read all about that bit of drama here.) That said, we've lost sight a bit on what the Marvel sequel is ultimately about -- the new villain -- but director Joss Whedon has a lot to say about him.
The current discussion around 'The Avengers 2' has shifted from the stars demanding higher pay to something equally inside baseball: the rights to the characters of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. In the pages of the comics, they're mutants and Avengers, which has led to a pretty sticky situation. Fox, who has the X-Men rights, plans to use Quicksilver for the upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Marvel and writer/director Joss Whedon plan to use him for 'Avengers 2.' This conflict remained hidden when Whedon went on Late Night to chat about the characters with Jimmy Fallon.
Yesterday brought the somewhat startling news that Bryan Singer intends on using the character Quicksilver in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and in fact cast Evan Peters for the role; a controversial decision, since Joss Whedon had already stated Quicksilver will be appearing in 'The Avengers 2.' So which franchise do you think will be a better fit for the speedy character?
Earlier this week we caught our first real look at Marvel's forthcoming animated series 'Avengers Assemble,' which replaces prior series 'Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes' as the animated Marvel universe's tie-in to Joss Whedon's blockbuster film. While 'Avengers Assemble' clearly evokes the movie of its namesake, what do the producers have to say of its connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Get a peek at the new series with a fresh clip inside!
After she became an alien-possessed human in 'The Host' and a teen vampire in 'Byzantium,' will Saoirse Ronan end up next transforming into a witch? More specifically, Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers 2'? The director recently confirmed that this classic comic book character and her brother, Quicksilver, are currently set to appear in the sequel to Marvel's superhero team blockbuster, and the actress the studio is reportedly using as a template for Scarlet Witch has come forward to address the chatter.
For as much as we know ABC's upcoming 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' series won't feature 'The Avengers' themselves, it seems Marvel's mightiest superhero team will have a spiritual presence on TV after all. The first official trailer for Disney XD's 'Avengers Assemble' has made its way online, with more than a few shades of 'The Avengers' beyond the character design.
It's been rumored for the past few months that 'The Avengers 2' would introduce the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to the ensemble, but this came such early on in the script process that it was taken with a grain of salt. Well, put away the seasoning: writer/director Joss Whedon has confirmed that these characters will have a role in the highly anticipated sequel.