Sounds like Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios are taking the war to 20th Century Fox.
Speaking on the red carpet of the Iron Man 3 premiere last night, Whedon appeared to tease the inclusion of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in his second Avengers film.
As these characters have wandered back and forth between Avengers and X-Men comics, either Disney or Fox could strike first and put them in a movie. It would seem most likely that one studio using the characters would dissuade the other from going anywhere near them – effectively making it a race.
Here’s a video of Joss’ comments to Yahoo, and then the relevant piece is transcribed below.
I’ve got these two characters, two of my favourite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act.
Okay, the context in which he says this is clearly “framed” and he could be playing games with us, but that sounds like a tease of the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to me.
By which I mean, it sounded like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to Rich when I asked him about it, and I defer to his greater knowledge.
Or Whedon could have meant some other brother-sister act, like Fenris. That’d bring Hydra back around, at least.
Or maybe he even meant Captain Britain and Psylocke – the next Avengers film will be shooting in the UK, and Thor: The Dark World is partially set here too, so there’s plenty of opportunities for an introduction. And what was that rumour about Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson being up for a role?
Or maybe he means Coldmoon and Dragonfire. They’re Chinese, and Marvel might be looking to repeat the Iron Man 3 gambit again, working with China on the film, maybe even creating a different version of the film for that territory.
Also in the video – in case you can’t watch it for yourself right now – Whedon reveals that he’s finished an actual draft of the Avengers 2 screenplay, which he thinks is in pretty good shape, and he’s having meetings with actors.
And regarding Agents of SHIELD, he promises that the pilot episode gives us some kind of solution to the Agent Coulson mystery. This clashes a little with Clark Gregg‘s recent comments, and leads me to question quite what sort of solution we’re going to be offered.