In the wake of the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” some new information has arisen about the film itself, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and the departure of Joss Whedon from it.
Appearing on a recent Empire Podcast, Whedon confirmed that at one point there were plans for Spider-Man and Captain Marvel to make cameos in ‘Ultron’:
“I said, ‘It would be great, if we could add a few more.’ If you guys could make a deal for Captain Marvel. They talked about it. And Spider-Man, we could do that too, because Sony had approached us during the first one, about a little integration. So I would have put both of [those characters] in, but neither of the deals were made. And then they were 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.”
Of course neither role has been cast yet, though the new Spider-Man should be selected imminently in order for him to appear in the currently filming “Captain America: Civil War”. In regards to that film, Chris Evans recently confirmed that ‘Civil War’ directly leads into Marvel’s two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga, telling MTV: “It’s to jump off into the next Avengers, Infinity War. So Cap 3 is going to be the set-up of the real battle, so there are a lot of people.”
Continuing on with ‘Ultron’, Whedon revealed that Marvel Studios was NOT a fan of the dream sequences caused by Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch in the film, or the visit to Hawkeye’s home. They did want Thor’s cave investigation scene in, Whedon saying: “With the cave [sequence], it really turned into: they pointed a gun to the farm’s head. They said, ‘give us the cave or we’ll take out the farm.'”
He does admit that the Thor sequence was heavily edited down and so is now a bit of a mess: “I do feel they threw out the baby with the pond water.” He also says the process of making the film at times “got really unpleasant” but remained civilised. That might have contributed to why Whedon very publicly quit Twitter this week.
Then there’s Marvel’s Kevin Feige who suggested to Cinema Blend that Nick Fury’s appearance with a Helicarrier in the film will score a better explanation in an upcoming episode of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” likely the one to air tonight in fact.
Finally, a market research firm has revealed to Variety that Ultron’s massive $191.3 million opening was likely impacted by the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight with 52% of respondents who didn’t see a movie this weekend claiming it was because of the fight.