Marvel and Shakespeare have more in common than one might think, according to the Joss Whedon, who directed The Avengers and Much Ado About Nothing
Robert Downey Jr.’s multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios helped make the Iron Man franchise and The Avengers into blockbusters. But with his contract fulfilled, the actor’s future as Tony Stark is now in question. So where does Marvel go from here?
Writer/director Joss Whedon denies a report that he’s making $100 million as part of his deal with Marvel for The Avengers 2, saying, “that number is nuts.”
Joss Whedon teases that The Avengers 2 will feature “a brother-sister act,” suggesting Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will appear in the sequel to Marvel’s $1.5 billion blockbuster.
Robert Downey Jr. confirms earlier reports that because of a deal with Marvel that includes box-office bonuses and back-end compensation, he made $50 million from The Avengers alone. “Isn’t that crazy?” he says.
Discussing his approach to making the sequel to The Avengers, writer/director Joss Whedon says, “If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before.”
Actor Clark Gregg said that although Agent Coulson was seemingly killed in The Avengers, ABC’s planned S.H.I.E.L.D. series will provide viewers with “some clue as to why I’m still there, still breathing.”
Mark Ruffalo made an impact as as Bruce Banner in The Avengers, but director Louis Leterrier reveals he actually wanted the actor to star in 2008′s The Incredible Hulk.
Just in case there remained any doubts, The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon calls rumors about a Planet Hulk movie as part of Marvel’s Phase 3 “nonsense.”
Asked where it’s possible to make a “good” solo Hulk movie, The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon admitted “it would be extremely difficult” to develop.