It looks like there will be a few more heroes along for the ride when The Avengers 2 hits theatres in 2015.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies on the red carpet for Iron Man 3, writer/director Joss Whedon revealed that he has finished the first draft of his screenplay for the upcoming sequel. He also dropped hints that he is adding two characters he really likes.
“I’ve got these two character; two of my favorite characters from the comic books,” Whedon reveals, “a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie, that’s exciting.”
Whedon didn’t reveal which characters he was talking about, but Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are the heavy favourites.
The brother and sister act are part of Marvel’s Silver Age and debuted in the 1960s. They are the children of X-Men villain Magneto and were recruited to join the Avengers by Iron Man.
Quicksilver has super speed, while Scarlet Witch can manipulate probability and cast “hexes” on her foes. They are both associated with the X-Men, raising the possibility of an eventual crossover film.
The Avengers 2 will mark the end of Marvel’s Phase 2, which begins in earnest with Iron Man 3 and continues with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.
With the first Avengers film having grossed $1.5 billion worldwide, Whedon was asked about the pressure he feels following up the well-received superhero team-up.
“I try not to think of it as topping (The Avengers),” he said of the upcoming sequel. “I try to think of this as its own movie…But when you’re in the story and dealing with characters that everyone loves and you have new characters sliding in next to them, then it’s very exciting. I don’t feel pressure. It’s like I’m reading my favourite comic.”
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