Kevin Feige Says The Maximoffs Are Introduced Very Naturally In THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Kevin Feige Says The Maximoffs Are Introduced Very Naturally In THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Teasing Joss Whedon's plans for Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch, Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige explains why Ultron was chosen to assemble The Avengers again, and more. Check it out!

Sometime before Paul Rudd officially boarded Ant-Man, Kevin Feige sat down with SFX magazine to discuss the future of Marvel's Cinematic Universe that follows Captain America: The Winter Soldier. After dotting on Guardians of the Galaxy (here), he was pressed about the ultimate “Phase Two” film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. “Joss Whedon had a great idea for the character and how to use him to unify the Avengers again and acquire their services once more,” says Feige when asked why Ultron was chosen as the main villain this time. “He was a favorite. Joss and I were on the production of the first Avengers movie and we started having conversations about Ultron, and how he could come about and how we could adapt his origin to the continuity of the cinematic universe. It literally was just little discussions between takes but thankfully Joss files all that kind of stuff away in his brain. Then when the time arrived, he started outing it, so he went back to that and built a very good story.”

Whether The Avengers: Age of Ultron will have anything in common with the ongoing comic book series of the same name, Kevin Feige reassures that it's only the title. “We didn't want to merely have a '2' after Avengers so we wanted to give it a subtitle,” he says. “We have various things that we were looking at and Age of Ultron - which just happened to be a the name of a comic book series as well - was our favorite.” As for the actor playing the titular artificial intelligence, Kevin Feige says, “I first met James Spader two or three years ago. I thought it would be great to have him in our universe and we finally found the right role with Joss's version of Ultron.”

With Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch joining the ensemble, Feige is asked whether it's possible there could be too many protagonists. “It's always a balance with any movie, not to overwhelm it with too many story elements,” assures the Marvel president of production. “Certainly when it comes to comic book movies, you can fall into the trap of having too many villains and in the case of team-based movies, having too many heroes. But what Joss has in mind to bring those characters into the story happens in a very natural fashion over the course of the story. It's also the tradition of the Avengers to switch up the roster every now and again and to have new characters coming in. It's just part of the fun, but we wouldn't have included them if it had just been a case of 'Oh, we want two new figures, two new costumes.' It very much flows with the story that Joss is creating.” What do you think?

The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, with Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader. The anticipated film is set to release on May 1, 2015.
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CharlesLord - 1/8/2014, 9:01 AM
AlexanderLykins - 1/8/2014, 9:04 AM
A little nervous about this movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. Hopefully they don't pull an Iron Man 3 and destroy the Avengers storyline.
cipher - 1/8/2014, 9:10 AM
Nomis - 1/8/2014, 9:10 AM
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 1/8/2014, 9:11 AM
Could we be seeing The New Avengers after Avengers 3: Thanos Imperative

Doc Strange
Black Panther
Scarlet Witch
Luke Cage
JoJo1982 - 1/8/2014, 9:12 AM
marvel72 - 1/8/2014, 9:12 AM
avengers age of ultron comic book movie of 2015.
ezio619 - 1/8/2014, 9:12 AM
alexanderlykins-i dont think iron man 3 destroyed the avngers storyline but oh well, to each his own, lets look forward to the future.
anyway cant wait for avengers age of ultron, i was very hesitant about them introducing quicksilver and scarlet witch but hopefully it is natural and they are there for apoint, not just in it to be in it james spader is gonna kill it as ultron and hopefully,while i love the mcu,the villains havent been the best barring loki but he is kinda an antihero now so hopefully ultrons awesome
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/8/2014, 9:12 AM
Great work DCMF. Keep bringing it.
TheWolverine08 - 1/8/2014, 9:13 AM
Should be interesting to see unfold.
Joementum - 1/8/2014, 9:14 AM
So, they will be using the name "Maximoff".

Fantasy would be to include Django, Bova, High Evolutionary and Wundagore.

But I know that's not gonna happen. If they're Inhumans, still gonna buy a ticket or two.
charlie2094 - 1/8/2014, 9:16 AM
Looking forward to seeing how they utilise them both! Super speed should look fantastic on screen, just a shame it's taking DC a while to get going with Flash. Hopefully Ultron is actually a good villain, the MCU really needs one. With the character and actor, the potential is there, just don't want to see it squandered yet again

Super disappointed by Marvel in 2013, but have fingers crossed for their future films, sure Joss will make another great film
BaneSmash - 1/8/2014, 9:16 AM
Man of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman movie of 2015.
AlexanderLykins - 1/8/2014, 9:17 AM
I never said it did!
rabid - 1/8/2014, 9:17 AM
They just kind of tossed them into the Ultimate comics without a backstory. And that worked. I really don't mind. They can be mutants or scientists or agents. I'm not really expecting the classic verson of Scarlet Witch. Her power set is far too ambiguous to work onscreen.
ALmazing - 1/8/2014, 9:18 AM
In Whedon we trust.

ezio619 - 1/8/2014, 9:19 AM
charlie2094-i know u thought iron man 3 and thor 2 were alright, but hey, i think this year will be much better, they had different ideas for those films they wanted to incorporate, these films will have their own ideas so yeah hopefully they are good

alexanderlykins-"Hopefully they don't pull an Iron Man 3 and destroy the Avengers storyline".

maybe i didnt get what u meant?
Joementum - 1/8/2014, 9:20 AM
Don't know plot.
But, I would end with Hulk blasted into space, IronMan "retire", Thor return to rule Asgard, and BWidow stay with SHIELD.


I know sounds a little Kooky.
MrCBM56 - 1/8/2014, 9:20 AM

LMAOO!!! I'm not going to lie though, I have no idea what she can do. I thought she was a Zattana-like character? I haven't read many stories with her.
driver - 1/8/2014, 9:21 AM
Naturally? Like out of Magneto's Wang? Good
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/8/2014, 9:21 AM
Feige is right. It's not about how many protagonists or villains there is.

“It's always a balance with any movie, not to overwhelm it with too many story elements,”

It's about the story. With origins of most characters already handle in phase 1, the only new story elements are the maximoff twins and ultron. Everything will be tied together.
MrCBM56 - 1/8/2014, 9:21 AM
Hawkeye better have a BIG role and not just used for a plot device.
soforizo - 1/8/2014, 9:22 AM
Age of Ultron is an easy movie to make storywise, it practically writes itself.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/8/2014, 9:25 AM
@banetrash get that trash out of here and go brush your teeth.
AlexanderLykins - 1/8/2014, 9:26 AM
I fell like Iron Man 3 could have been better if they used the real Mandarin. The one with ten magical rings and can do magic. If they pull the same crap with Ultron then they will have destroyed the Avengers storyline. So I hope they don't pull an "Iron Man 3" (Which means screw up the villain), in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
ezio619 - 1/8/2014, 9:26 AM
anyway ,im excited for this year man, i cant wait for april 4th to get here already,i have a feeling cap is gonna be great, cap is the one im least concerned about, the amazing spiderman 2, hopefully webb can balance the various story elements in the film well, x men dofp im least excited for but still excited, and guardians is the one i wanna see the most, i think its gonna be mixed,but hopefully james gunn can pull it off
AlexanderLykins - 1/8/2014, 9:27 AM
Hell no!
ezio619 - 1/8/2014, 9:28 AM
alexanderlykins-oh ok, see i was fine with the it because i liked the idea behind him and i like killains motivation which was NOT revenge, anyway enough iron man 3 talk , lets talk about the future
ezio619 - 1/8/2014, 9:30 AM
did anyone see this interview with whedon?

ATrueHero1987 - 1/8/2014, 9:30 AM
Damn, this movie starts filming in 2 months. Can't wait for the unofficial pics to show up.

For the 100th time, Mandarin's rings are NOT MAGICAL, they're ALIEN in origin.
GodzillaKart - 1/8/2014, 9:31 AM
@Gusto: Thank you. My day needed that. :)
AverageDrafter - 1/8/2014, 9:31 AM
The Avengers had a bit too much, "lets get these guys fighting each other for the sake of it", but I understand the need for it... Whedon even owns up to it in the commentary - particularly the "Shakespeare in the Park" bit.

I'm looking to see these personalities and skills mesh as well as they did in the Battle of New York, while still maintaining the friendly conflict that keeps the team fresh, funny, and on their toes.
GliderMan - 1/8/2014, 9:33 AM
Get rid of Hawkeye and Black Widow
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/8/2014, 9:35 AM
Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are second wave Avengers. They deserve to be in this film. I don't want to here speculation on marvel can't make them mutants because its never been confirmed they can't say or use mutants when they have the right to USE 2 MUTANTS. Their power skill will be amazing on screen.

@rabid every character has a form of the classic 616 version. May it be costume, character attitude, origin etc. This universe is a blend of 616/ultimate, but with the maximoff twins I think it will be more 616 version than any of the other characters.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/8/2014, 9:37 AM
Don't get rid of hawkeye and black widow. ;)
KrazyForKomix - 1/8/2014, 9:38 AM
"how we could adapt his origin to the continuity of the cinematic universe"

I'm completely okay with that sentiment and all that it entails. I no longer care about "comic book faithfulness." I actually enjoy the films anyway.

However, DON'T RETRO-FIT YOUR historically inaccurate Movieverse back on our comic books. They invalidate years of fanship and continuity. The world is big enough for Marvel Movie World and Marvel 616. If REALLY you need to have comic support of your movie, just reboot the Ultimate universe and brand it . . . I don't know, you can call it Ultimate Marvel.NOW
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/8/2014, 9:42 AM
I swear people say they love comics but want to skip the second and third wave avengers to get to the 4th, 5th, and 6th wave avengers smdh. I understand marvel studios can't use beast because he was part of the past wave set, but I shake my head at some of you guys.
wcwpoet - 1/8/2014, 9:46 AM
@CharlesLord used Bart Scott to say it best!


This movie can't come fast enough!
CherryBomb - 1/8/2014, 9:46 AM
I'm really excited about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver being introduced.
I think they'll bring a nice new dynamic to the team.
My only problem is them switching up SW's powers, I'm not a fan, I wish they kept it simple with her probability manipulation, from what I've read they seem to be making her a psychic.
But just seeing her on screen will be awesome.
kinghulk - 1/8/2014, 9:47 AM
blackjack10-hes saying marvel can use the work mutant because no one owns that word
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