Joss Whedon never planned for Thanos to be the villain in Avengers sequel

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With The Avengers mid-end credits scene featuring Thanos, a lot of fans assumed that he would be the main villain in the second Avengers film, which is now titled Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joss Whedon revealed in an interview with Total Film magazine that Thanos was never intended as the main villain for the sequel.

“We have to stay grounded. It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It’s science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He’s always been the overlord of villainy & darkness.”

Now that that’s out of the way, what did he have planned for Age of Ultron to begin with? Since the movie is now called Age of Ultron, fans thought that it would follow the comic book series. However, that’s not the case.

“It’s not based on the series. Honestly, we went through a lot of titles – Underoos Of Ultron. None of them landed…Underoos would’ve been better because of the alliteration. But Age of Ultron really stuck. We were like, ‘It’s a book, but we’re still going to use it’.”

As for the original creator of Ultron, Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, he won’t even be featured.

“We’re not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements. Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we’ve got to own that… Then we have the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and I think that’s plenty, because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch did not begin their time as friends of the Avengers, so there’s going to be a lot of, well, conflict.”

With Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield expressing that they want to be in the Avengers Marvel universe, fans were hoping that the three main studios, Fox, Sony and Marvel Studios, would team up to give us the ultimate crossover ever. Whedon explains why that’s not an easy thing to do.

“That’s not the plan. It would be cool but I think right now I already have a ton of very talented actors in my movie playing a ton of characters, and I’m about to add a few more. So I’m not like, ‘How can we get more licensed characters because I want to kill myself and make a nine-hour movie.’”


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