EW has done some digging and their sources confirm that both characters will appear in "The Avengers 2," but when the question was put to honcho Kevin Feige, he played it cucumber cool. “I’m not confirming or denying. The draft could change six months from now,” he said. And indeed, we're still two long years out from the super sequel hitting theaters, so who knows what will change in the Marvel-verse by then, and what characters will come in or out. Remember, early drafts of "The Avengers" also contained Wasp only to be replaced by Black Widow. So yeah, anything can happen.
In other Marvel news, while Robert Downey Jr.'s contract is up, he's negotiating to return for the next 'Avengers,' but without spoiling anything, the end of "Iron Man 3" presents a couple of unique developments that will need to be figured out for Tony Stark to suit back up. But neither Feige or RDJ are worried about it. “What does this mean if we wind up doing an 'Avengers 2'?" the actor recalls asking the Marvel head after reading the script for IM3. "Kevin looked at me and said, ‘That’s Joss’ problem to solve.’ I was like, ‘Good man.’”
A couple little nuggets of info for you there, so speculate and do some dream-casting amongst yourselves below.