Joss Whedon Talks New Avengers Members and Villains

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Last month Avengers 2 director and writer Joss Whedon teased that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be appearing in the sequel to the uber-popular 2012 film. Last Friday, the news broke that American Horror Story’s Evan Peters will be playing Quicksilver in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is a unique situation because both Fox and Marvel Studios can use the character.

Scarlet Witch and QuicksilverThis past week, the Geek God appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. When asked if there would be new characters, this was his answer.

There are new characters. I’ve already said that we’re going to have a brother-sister team, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who were great mainstays of The Avengers when I was reading the comics as a kid.

Fallon jokingly suggested casting Selena Gomez and Channing Tatum for the two, but then he also asked why he was including the pair, and Joss gave him one of his trademark amusing answers.

Well, besides the fact that I grew up reading them, their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was, everybody basically had punchy powers. ‘I can hit,’ ‘I can also hit.’ Hopefully it didn’t get too boring. But coming into the second one, he’s got super speed. She can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. There’s good stuff that they can do that will help sort of keep it fresh.

In a separate inteview with Empire, Joss also took the time to discuss the problems of working with a team like The Avengers. In his answer, he let a little slip about the villain. He didn’t say who it would be, but it apparently will be a single male villain.

I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been so interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them. How do these guys feel, and what’s the way they conflict, and what’s the unexpected way they connect? Forming a team is one story; being a team is a very different story. The other thing is, you don’t try to top it. I know I will never make as pleasing a moment in a film as Hulk and Loki. You can’t chase that dragon. If you try to do exactly the same thing, the chances you’re going to do it better are very slim, and the only reason for me to devote three years to making another Avengers movie is the hope of making a better one.

It’s interesting that Joss said that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver had not yet been cast. This seems to confirm that Evan Peters will only be playing the younger version of the character in Days of Future Past. I also think it’s a good thing that he’s not trying to outdo the Hulk/Loki squash match. It was perfect the way it was, and trying to top it just wouldn’t end well.

What do you think of what Joss had to say? Do you agree that there needs to be more versatility when it comes to the superpowers on the team with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? Who do you think the villain will be? Why don’t you just tell us what you think in the comments below?

Source: Slash Film

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