Just this Friday night I watched An American Werewolf in London with somebody who had never seen it before, and it was her first exposure of any kind to Jenny Agutter, aside from all of the fuss made over her in the first season of Coupling.
I forgot to ask if Agutter had lived up to the hype.
Next summer, there’s going to be mass Agutter exposure for swathes of geekdom as she makes an appearance in The Avengers. She hasn’t said much about her role, but there’s a new interview with her in The Radio Times and, despite the usual “sworn to secrecy disclaimers” she may have spilled a surprise so huge I can’t really fathom the odds of it being true.
Or perhaps she made a mistake – or, more likely still, the journalist writing the Radio Times story did.
Here’s a photo of the key page, courtesy of Little Bleeder Martin. Turn back now unless you want to plunge into this unlikely, but potentially colossal spoiler with us:
As for Agutter, she’s about to metamorphose again to appear alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in upcoming Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers.
“I’m sworn to secrecy! I wasn’t allowed a script until I got there, and when I did I felt like a complete child being on big sets and a huge parking lot full of Winnebagos.”
She does let slip that two of these housed Spider-Man and Iron Man; we suspect Agutter won’t able to avoid sci-fi conventions for much longer.
So, either Marvel Studios and Sony have come to an arrangement, allowing at least a cameo and an allusion to The Avengers as they stand on the page; or Jenny Agutter or the Radio Times have made a mistake.
Of course, it seems so much more likely that it’s one of the latter options. Though what if secret, backstage deal making has been going on, and the new Spider-Man is being allowed to exist in the Marvel movie universe? What if Sony still get to make and profit from the Spider-Man films, but there’s the possibility of cross-studio tie-ins and cameos… is that really 100% impossible?
Pretty unlikely, I’d say.
Still, it’s good to have it properly confirmed that Agutter is in the film, even if we can’t expect anybody web-headed to swing by.