Joss Whedon has teased “death, death, death” for The Avengers sequel, but will he really kill off a Marvel icon?
During our extensive interview with the writer-director in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we asked Whedon if he was planning to axe Thor or Hulk or one of the other heroes, plus asked him why Loki wasn’t going to be in the Age of Ultron sequel.
“I’m always joking about that,” he said when asked about the “death, death, death” quote. “Um… maybe? But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] 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?’”
The Avengers, of course, killed off non-Avenger Agent Coulson, but even making that stick turned out difficult, as now he’s being resurrected for ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As far as Loki goes, Whedon had high praise for actor Tom Hiddleston, but sounded firm that Ultron would be the only villain in the next film.
“Every movie is going to be a different villain,” he said. “Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an Avengers movie.”