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The mutant speedster superhero Quicksilver found himself at the center of two competing Marvel movies last week. We already heard Joss Whedon wrote Quicksilver and his sister, the Scarlet Witch, into The Avengers 2. Then Bryan Singer shocked us by casting Evan Peters as the same character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, set in an entirely different universe. Rumors swirled about a Marvel vs. 20th Century Fox pissing match and while those can be neither confirmed or denied, one of the principals did appear in public to talk about the character.

Joss Whedon was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week and explained why he inserted the characters into The Avengers 2. He doesn’t mention Singer’s film explicitly but he explains the subjective, and objective reasons they’ll be in his film. Read that, as well as a quote teasing the sequel’s villain, below. Read More »

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Evan Peters Quicksilver

Director Bryan Singer took to Twitter Thursday, announcing the latest piece of casting for his upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. In doing so, he may have inadvertently created a rift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Singer revealed that Evan Peters (American Horror Story) will be playing the mutant Quicksilver in the film. Now, that’s the same Quicksilver that Joss Whedon revealed would be appearing in The Avengers 2 along with his sister, Scarlet Witch.

How is that going to work? We’ll discuss, and have a Kevin Feige quote, below.

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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD - Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon is creating some real problems for his heroes in The Avengers 2. The writer/director recently said, yes, Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch will be in the film, but they won’t be there to help the team. “I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier,” the director said.

He also said, despite rumors to the contrary, Iron Man will be back for the 2015 sequel and that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will “throw something in that foreshadows [or] echoes” events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lots of Joss quotes today. Read them all below. Read More »

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in The Avengers

Two pretty big rumors regarding The Avengers 2 are whipping around the Web today, so we figured they were worth a look. The first one seems most plausible. It concerns the possible inclusion of the Black Panther in the sequel and the hint comes from the chairman of South Africa’s Cape Town Film Studios. He said Marvel has been in contact about filming the Joss Whedon sequel there.

The second rumor is that Hawkeye could be recast. Jeremy Renner played the character in Thor as well as The Avengers, but citing a lack of activity in Phase Two and his negative comments about his role in The Avengers, one source believes the character could become the next War Machine or Hulk. Read More »

The Avengers

Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive  a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.

Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?

Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »

Joss Whedon Talks His Long-Term Plans for Thanos

Thanos in The Avengers

That Thanos will play a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward is clear, and has been since we caught a glimpse of him in the post-credits sequence of The Avengers. Exactly how he’ll be worked into the films has been a bit murkier.

It’s assumed that the Mad Titan will appear in The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, but now Joss Whedon has suggested that he may not actually be the main villain in either. Instead, he’ll be “threaded” into the world as part of a larger arc. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Avengers Joss Whedon and Samuel L Jackson

The Avengers will assemble once again early next year. Director Joss Whedon was at the MTV Movie Awards (accepting Movie Of The Year) and discussed his highly-anticipated follow-up to one of the most successful films of all-time. He said filming is likely to start on The Avengers 2 in February 2014, that he had the idea for the sequel’s story before the first film was complete and what happens to the characters next is going to be “awful.”

Whedon also talked about his excitement over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., how difficult it is to keep Marvel’s secrets and a few other classic Whedonverse questions. Watch the interview and read some quotes below. Read More »

Iron Man 3 Final Header

It’s no secret Iron Man 3 marks the end of Robert Downey Jr.‘s contract with Marvel. The actor has been vocal about it, the president of the studio Kevin Feige has talked about it, but everyone agreed concentrating on Iron Man 3 was the most important thing. That film is now done and hitting theaters in mere days. So talk once again turns to Downey’s future with Marvel. The actor’s charismatic turn as billionaire playboy Tony Stark is credited for igniting the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while he feels like an integral part of that universe Downey recently revealed he has an end in mind for his Marvel run.

In a new interview with GQ magazine, the actor said he’s had a ton of fun playing Iron Man and hasn’t decided anything for sure, but suggests about three more years is as far as he can go with the role, at least physically. After that, he’d like to direct and star in a Halloween-set thriller. Read the quotes below. Read More »

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