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Joss Whedon Says He Wants To Create Original Content When He's Finished With 'Avengers'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • September 26, 2013 9:36 AM
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There’s no doubting the fact that Joss Whedon is pretty much on top of the world right now. After years of having varying degrees of success in television, once Whedon got his hands on “The Avengers” and helped it become the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, he’s suddenly become a very hot commodity, and a guru-like figure down at Marvel. He had enough success in the past to develop a cult-like following for himself, but now it’s a whole different ballgame. Now he’s got some serious responsibilities. He’s returned to television to help develop, and direct the pilot for, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and he’s got “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” on his plate as well. He’s booked solid for the next year or two.

James Spader Will Play Ultron In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 11:17 AM
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If you're wondering what the heck an Ultron is, not to worry because Marvel has got you covered. Even though the movie isn't slated to drop until 2015, Joss Whedon and co. have been busy getting their ducks in a row for "The Avengers" sequel (after all, those Phase Two post-credits teasers don't cast themselves). Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are expected to play Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in the superhero followup, and now the villain who will get the band back together one more time, now has an actor to play it.

Joss Whedon Talks Killing Off Marvel Characters Plus Watch 'Iron Man 3' Alternate Ending & Wasp In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 9:39 AM
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If Marvel has proven one thing thus far in their cinematic universe, no one is ever really dead. As we saw in "The Avengers," with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) seemingly dying only to be resurrected for this fall's TV jaunt "The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the long term value of a character is worth more than short term dramatic stakes. But the question is, can Marvel or current creative godfather Joss Whedon get the brass ones to actually kill off a beloved character? Well, the answer is simple: it has to make sense.

Elizabeth Olsen Gearing Up To Play Scarlet Witch In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 21, 2013 9:39 AM
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It’s just two years from the nerd singularity — the 2015 summer movie season — and pre-production on “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” has moved along swimmingly. Of the film’s new characters, we know that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the frontrunner for the role of Quicksilver but the character’s twin sister has been more of a mystery, until now apparently.

No Loki For 'Avengers 2,' Joss Whedon Teases More Details, While Edgar Wright Says Ultron Was Never Part Of 'Ant-Man'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2013 5:46 PM
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You know you're dealing with the obsessive, knotty world of comic book movies when merely announcing the title of a movie can send a legion of dedicated super-fans into a speculative frenzy. This was the case when Marvel unveiled the subtitle for their highly anticipated sequel to last year's "The Avengers," titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." (For those without a basement full of long boxes, Ultron was a robot menace that turned out to be one of the team's deadliest foes.) While the movie isn't going to be released until the summer of 2015, details have started to emerge about what to expect from the sequel, with handsome dandy Tom Hiddleston confirming that his fanciful Loki will not be the villain for a second (third, if you count "Thor") time, Edgar Wright clarifying the film's connection to his own "Ant-Man" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" writer/director Joss Whedon offering further tidbits (including stuff about Thanos and The Vision).

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Is Ready To "Push The Boundaries" With His Quicksilver Performance In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 5:17 PM
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While "Kick-Ass 2" star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has yet to be officially confirmed as Quicksilver in the forthcoming superhero sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," he's been the clear frontrunner for a couple of months now. And just days before the D23 Expo in Anaheim (Disney's version of Comic Con), where Disney is expected to make some major Marvel announcements, Taylor-Johnson spills the beans about his approach to the iconic character. As he's quick to point out to Total Film, he's not officially signed up for the role, but that doesn't stop him from talking about it. A lot.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Confirms Meeting With Marvel About Quicksilver, Alec Baldwin Turned Down Marvel Villain Role

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 30, 2013 10:25 AM
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While cross-property narratives may push the possibilities of comic-book films into new frontiers, the notion can also grind to a halt once character rights come into question. Such is the case with superhero mutants Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who both play into upcoming sequels “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and therefore the equally held rights of Fox and Marvel. But the idea of side-by-side depictions hasn't fazed Joss Whedon, who said they're a “huge part of ['The Avengers 2'],” and now it seems one-half of his duo is nearing a lock.

Joss Whedon Explains Why Ultron Can Arrive Before Pym In 'The Avengers 2,' Kevin Feige Confirms Thanos In 'Guardians'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 22, 2013 9:03 AM
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Even with promising new footage for their new projects, star-studded panels, and an in-character appearance by Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Marvel Studios still took the lower-key approach to Comic-Con this past weekend, favoring elaboration over any earth-shattering announcements. One of these, the reveal of Ultron as the villain in “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” clarified a piece of the film's plot, but director Joss Whedon insists it won't barge into another planned Marvel property.

Marvel Announces 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' As Its Sequel Title

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2013 10:27 PM
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Well, that was kind of anti-climactic. With Warner announcing an untitled Superman & Batman film for summer 2015 earlier today, fans at Comic-Con were hoping that Marvel Studios would try and top the rival studio with various possible announcements. After all, there's plenty of options, there's been an abundance of talk about Phase 3 films and Marvel has planned two dates for 2016 (May 6, July 8) and one for 2017 (May 5) without revealing what those films will be. But it wasn't meant to be if you were hoping to find out what they were. If you were expecting to receive announcements about "Dr. Strange" or "Black Panther" movies, or more casting about the "Avengers" sequel, it didn't happen.

Joss Whedon Says Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch “A Huge Part” Of 'Avengers 2,' Wasn't Initially Certain About 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 1, 2013 10:23 AM
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It was a big week for Joss Whedon who managed to nab several honors at the 2013 Saturn Awards. Not only did he win Best Director for “The Avengers,” but the superhero blockbuster also won Best Science Fiction Film. And though he only served as a writer on the film, he had to be pretty proud that “The Cabin in the Woods” took home Best Horror/Thriller Film. Before Joss could accept those awards, though, he had to navigate the minefield of reporters looking to get the next big exclusive out of him. While on the red carpet, Joss discussed sharing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch with the upcoming X-Men film and why he didn’t initially believe in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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