Joss Whedon on Quicksliver & Scarlet Witch in ‘Avengers 2’, and How He Wasn’t Initially Sold on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
This past weekend at the Saturn awards, Joss Whedon was a very busy, busy man. On hand with Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, the director accepted four awards — the most of any film nominated this year. While on the red carpet, though, Whedon didn’t get the chance to enjoy a nice, quiet night out before being asked about the situation surrounding Quicksliver, a mutant character that will appear in both Whedon’s Avengers sequel and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
We already know that the speedy mutant won’t be played by the same actor, with Singer casting American Horror Story actor Evan Peters, and team Whedon not yet sure or not yet eager to spill. While talking to Crave, though, Whedon did open up a teensy bit about the role that both Quicksilver and his sister, The Scarlet Witch, will play in his film.
“It’s a huge part of the movie. I’m really excited about it and I don’t know what they’re [Singer] doing – I’m determinedly not knowing… They’ll do their thing, I have to do mine.”
I kinda have to call bullshit here. Whedon told Total Film that, when “a large scale superhero film comes out, you have to go and see it to make sure you’re not imitating it.”, so while Singer is still in production, are we really supposed to believe that he isn’t worried about accidentally imitating the exact same character? Seems more likely that he was just trying to nip a line of questioning in the bud, and hey, good luck with that, Red.
While we’re taking a scenic tour through the Whedonverse, lets stay on topic and talk about James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is taking place almost entirely off Earth and has a fair bit of buzz surrounding it, but it features several characters unfamiliar to those already associated with the Marvel’s film universe. It’s a big risk, but since it involves both space and action (and a talking Raccoon), you would think that the creator of Firefly had always been an advocate for the film, but you would be wrong. Apparently, according to Collider, it took some convincing, but eventually Whedon (who is also a consultant for the whole of the Marvel movie U) came around.
”You know, it seemed out there to me too. I think it came from Kevin and I sort of went ‘I don’t know about this,’ and then they brought on James [Gunn] and he really turned it around… As soon as they said James the movie started to make sense to me in a way the movie hadn’t. ‘Oh, this isn’t a guy who’s going to chase Star Wars, he’s going to make a James Gunn movie, and for James the first thing was ‘I love Rocket. It’s all the raccoon’ and a lot of people were like “really, a raccoon?’ and he’s like ‘nah, the raccoon is the heart‘ and knowing that, I felt very safe. And then casting Chris Pratt… I was just there before they started production, and seeing all the designs, I got really jealous. I was like ‘why can’t I make this movie?’ I really turned a 180 on that one.”
That’s a pretty interesting tidbit, but all I can think now is, what would the Avengers have looked like if a Guardians film hadn’t been brewing in Marvel’s secret lab? I mean, yeah, it wasn’t officially announced until SDCC last year, but it wasn’t a huge surprise, and I imagine it was a glimmer in the eye as they were readying that behemoth. The way Marvel plans? I’m guessing somewhere, someone is working on a very meta Damage Control movie, just in case they eventually run out of good ideas.