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Joss Whedon explains Avengers antagonists will be different

27 August 2013

With the sequel to Avengers Assemble announced to be Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon has discussed why the eagerly awaited sequel release requires a new villain and also suggests that future Avengers films will also avoid repeating antagonists.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the prolific filmmaker explained “Every movie is going to be a different villain, 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.”

Discussing his creative infamy for killing off fan-favorite characters at wholly unexpected moments and responded with an “Um… maybe?" when asked if he thinks any of Marvel's heroes could bite the bullet in the near future and went on to say "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?’”

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in cinemas on May 1 2015 and will feature Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and is expected to see Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders return to their respective roles.

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