Will Joss Whedon Kill Off a Leading Superhero In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'?

What constitutes a Marvel icon?

ew-whedon-shieldApparently Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye character will have more to do in The Avengers: Age of Ultron than he did in The Avengers where he played a zombified hero for the majority of the film's duration. This news comes from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige speaking with Empire (via Comic Book Movie) where he said, "Joss [Whedon] has a great storyline in mind for him that shows a deeper side and further fleshes out our favorite archer."

That's all well and good, however, Whedon has now teased the possibility of killing off one of the franchise's bigger heroes in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly (via ComicBook.com).

The site quotes the latest issue of EW where Joss Whedon was being interviewed regarding the upcoming ABC television spin-off "S.H.I.E.L.D." where he's asked about killing off one of the Marvel icons to which he says, "I'm always joking about that. Um...maybe?"

He continues:

"But I'd have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, 'We'll cut off a potential franchise, that's fine!' They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don't just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement 'Who can we kill?' We try to build the story organically and go, 'How hard can we make it on these people?' You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that's why you go to the movies."

Based on his reasoning the only character I could imagine being killed off out of the top four -- Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr., Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) -- would be Downey's Tony Stark. Iron Man already has a trilogy with Downey Jr. in the lead and it's prepped and ready for Don Cheadle to takeover as War Machine.

Other than that, I guess it depends on what is considered an "iconic" hero in the Marvel universe. Perhaps Hawkeye will be taken out or Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow or maybe a new character such as the Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

In all likelihood no one will die. Hell, they killed off Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson in The Avengers only to say Psych! and bring him back for the TV show. The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015 and I fully expect all the lead cast members to come out unscathed.

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  • http://themoviegurusblog.blogspot.com The Movie Guru

    Nick Fury will bite the dust first. Calling it right now.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    I would give major props if they took this risk and it fit well into the story.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/EPayneDDS/ EPayneDDS

    I'm just saying this in general about the Internet period: I'm really not looking forward to seeing Avengers 2 news everyday for the next 2 years...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    Is Kevin Feige gonna talk every week from now until May 2015?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    In his TV shows, Whedon was never one to protect all his characters all of the time. If he was in direct control of it ALL like a TV showrunner I'd say 'Yes..........I can see him killing someone off'.

    However, he's not in direct control of the MCU so he would have to make his case in a different way. Tony Stark is the most obvious candidate (apart from the supposed deal for The Avengers 2 and 3) on paper as RDJ is not probably going to be a key part indefinitely. So, I think it's one of those cases where he'll probably try and do what he can within the overall plans for the MCU, but he probably won't be able to be as brutal as he would be on his own.

    We'll see.

    • zotje

      Pretty much this. Whedon has a history of killing of beloved characters. "They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get?" - He used the same reasoning of bigger stakes for some deaths in his directing debut (Serenity). So if it was up to Whedon, then i'm pretty convinced he would.

      The decision isn't up to him though, and as it would potentially leave money on the table, i very much doubt he'll get the approval.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt Taylor

    I'd love to see him kill off a major character.His willingness to kill of major characters helped build tension and is one of the things I loved about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." But, I don't see this happening. Or, at the very least, it will be a minor character that Marvel wouldn't be able to build a franchise around.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Didn't he already kill one of the main guys and then bring him back to life to make this money grab tv show?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    If he does kill someone off, it'll be a lesser Avenger, probably someone like Hawkeye or Black Widow.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I don't see this as a serious question. It's a Disney movie controlled by studio talking heads.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I see Hawkeye, who lacks a franchise, biting the dust. On top of that, however, I mentioned in a Buy or Sell a while ago that RDJ might bite the dust, meaning the Tony Stark character. It is possible for even some other character to take over the Iron Man suit and be Iron Man, thus continuing the Iron Man story

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Please let it be Captain America, I love his character in the comics but they have made him so boring and uncharismatic. Chances are though it would be Hawkeye as they'd need to keep a few girls in there to balance out the demographic requirements.

    • Star_Girl

      I don't think Joss Whedon would want to kill of Cap. If anyone, it's going to be either Widow or Scarlet Witch.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Let Green Lantern get a cameo, then kill him off.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      Haha that's a good suggestion.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    I bet Fury dies. He is completely unnecessary and as long as they find a suitable African-American to replace him in the cast, they'll be fine. Anthony Mackie and Don Cheadle are probably joining the Avengers after their other films right? Makes sense to me.