by Brett White
Considering how secrecy pretty much goes hand in hand with Marvel movies, it's still a bit shocking how transparent Joss Whedon and Marvel are being about the expanding ensemble of "The Avengers 2." Whedon casually mentions that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are in the sequel, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige just says, "yeah, pretty much" and shrugs it off, and now Whedon's talking to IGN about their role in the film without any of the usual layers of mystery.
"You know, they had a rough beginning," says Whedon, forgetting to speak in secret code. "They're interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn't necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they're not there to make things easier. I'm not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier."
I guess there's some mystery in that phrase, specifically with the characters' "rough beginning." Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's origin is tied up in a bunch of stuff that isn't owned by Marvel Studios. Both characters are mutants and are the children of Magneto, two parts of the Marvel mythos owned by Fox as part of the X-Men film rights. And that aforementioned "rough beginning" has to be a sly reference to the characters' 1964 debut in "X-Men" #4 as members of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The two were frequently depicted as villains until they joined the Avengers a year later in "Avengers" #16.
How Whedon plans on incorporating the pair without referencing the source of their powers seems much trickier than the problem of avoiding their parentage. Will the Marvel Studios Marvel movies have to come up with another name for mutants? Will they be genetically altered humans? Is this all a clever ruse by Whedon & Co. to distract us from characters that will actually be in the film?
One character that Whedon seems sure will be in the film (despite a lot of rumors that make it seem like less of a sure thing) is Iron Man (and here's a big spoiler warning for the quote's "Iron Man 3" content).
"Well, I feel like in 'Iron Man 3,' even though he said, 'I've changed' -- he blew up his remote suits, but I don't think anybody thinks he doesn't have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, 'Yes!'"
If Whedon says that Iron Man will be back for "Avengers 2," then that's enough assurance for now.
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