With additional reporting by Kase Wickman.
Last night, /Film noticed something pretty unusual in a press release for the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' world premiere -- that both Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks") and two-time Oscar nominee Julie Delpy ("Before Sunset") are listed as attending. That's a bit odd, considering that every other actor on that list is IN the movie. Hmmmmm. So very iiiinteresting.
Disney did confirm that the list was not misprinted but wouldn't comment beyond that, and obviously neither of the two actresses will probably say anything -- when Cardellini stopped by MTV News to talk about her Netflix series "Bloodlines" the other day, she told us she was "pretty great at keeping secrets." Heck, she wouldn't even tell us HOW she keeps secrets. "I can't give it away, that's my secret," she said. "I can't give away how I keep a secret."
Maybe she's so good at it because... she's been keeping a giant Marvel-related one from us for EVER?
So who might Delpy and Cardellini play in this movie? It's pretty much anyone's guess at this point -- but WE'RE everyone, so let's speculate wildly using some of our favorite Marvel Comics characters!
We know everyone in the Avengers is getting their very own terrifying head-shrinking session with the Scarlet Witch, so wouldn’t it make sense for Bruce Banner’s former girlfriend to appear in his visions? Of course, Liv Tyler is in “Ant-Man” now so probably can’t reprise her role from “The Incredible Hulk,” so there’s plenty of room for a new actress in the mix.
Hey, if Marvel thinking having a new Bruce Banner AND a new Betty Ross is too confusing, they could always flash to his cousin Jennifer instead. Or, maybe she’s around when Ultron attacks and loses a whole bunch of blood and Bruce is the only available donor? And then we can finally have an MCU She-Hulk? Just saying, I’d watch the heck out of Jen's green lawyering adventures.
Unfortunately you probably know her more for her controversial butt these days, but Jessica Drew – aka Spider-Woman – is a pretty fantastic character in the modern comics. Sure, both Cardellini and Delpy are a bit out of range for the much younger woman (though technically Jessica’s origin story DOES involve her being in Captain America-style stasis for a while… comic books, am I right?), but Cardellini in particular could definitely nail her snarky personality.
According to “Agent Carter” the Soviet Black Widow program involves more than just our dear Natasha, and judging from the “Age of Ultron” trailers we’ll probably get to see a lot of her backstory. What better way to introduce one of the other Black Widows from the comics, too? And c’mon, Julie Delpy would be just perfect for that.
Doctor Strange’s silver-haired protégé… who’s also technically an alien (ohhhh, comics). You never know, maybe they’re hoping to set up the next big upcoming movie for Phase 3. You know, the one that isn’t about ants and Paul Rudd and stuff.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” hasn’t exhausted Marvel’s endless supply of female spies and soldiers yet – there’s Chastity McBride from Frank Miller’s “Elektra,” Kirby Martell (she owns a Neo-Nazi Time Machine, because comics) Judith Klemer, Margeret Huff… really, the list goes on. Bringing some new blood to Ultron first would be a good way to bridge the movie and TV gap a bit more.
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Yeah, I know – who needs moms when you’re a comic book hero? But it’s possible that we’ll discover somebody’s unresolved childhood issues during their Scarlet Witch brain-unraveling. Hey, Tony Stark’s got a lot of those… maybe one of the two actresses will play his mother Maria?
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Remember when the toddler from "Growing Pains" was a waitress in the first "Avengers?" And she was GREAT? Cardellini and Delpy are bigger names than Ashley Johnson was at the time, but it's possible we're all just reading too much into this. It happens.
Guess we'll find out for sure when "Avengers: Age of Ultron" smashes into theaters on May 1st!