Comic book fans know that the line-up of the Avengers is constantly changing. There are always new heroes coming in, or going out, or coming back after an unexpected absence, the Avengers are like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get. Avengers: Age of Ultron ends in a change in the line-up, which maybe a spoiler, but the movie’s been advertised as introducing three new characters who are well-established Avengers, so that part’s not necessarily surprising. What is surprising though, in a new revelation from writer/director Joss Whedon, is that he had in mind two more additions to the new Avengers line-up. If only he could have got the rights!
SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t seen Age of Ultron yet, but for those of you who have, you know that the film ends with a new line-up of Avengers that includes Captain America, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine and Falcon. However, they weren’t the only ones Whedon wanted for the team. While appearing on the latest Empire Podcast, the director had two more big additions to the team in mind: Captain Marvel and Spider-Man.
“I wanted all of those people. I said, ‘It would be great if we could just add a few more. If we could have a Captain Marvel there, that you’ve made a deal for.’ And they talked about it,” Whedon explained. “And I was like, ‘And Spider-Man, we could do that too, because Sony had approached us during the first movie about a little integration. So, I would have put both of them in, but neither of the deals were made.”
Rumors were persistent throughout production that Captain Marvel was going to pop up in Age of Ultron, especially after she was announced for her own movie last fall. As for Spider-Man, that first deal Whedon talked about was the building swap – Stark Tower from The Avengers for Oscorp Tower from The Amazing Spider-Man – in 2012, but the announcement about Marvel Studios taking back a piece of the rights to the Wall-Crawler didn’t break till earlier this year.
“And then they’re like, ‘We’re making a Captain Marvel movie and we’ve got Spider-Man as a property,’ and I’m like, ‘I’ve already locked my film you f***ers! Thanks for nothing,'” joked Whedon.
Something tells me though that both Captain Marvel and Spider-Man will make their way to the Avengers eventually. Spider-Man, as we all already know, will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War, which given the cast list is more or less being billed as Avengers 3. As for Captain Marvel, she will likely turn up before her own solo movie in three years time.
You can listen to the whole interview for yourself below. The next Spider-Man film will appear in theaters everywhere in July 2017; Captain Marvel will arrive one year later in July 2018. Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere now.