Joss Whedon Talks Age Of Ultron Spoilers And Scolding Idris Elba
When you’ve got a movie with a varied cast of characters that need to gel together as some sort of cohesive unit, there are few better directors for such a job than Joss Whedon. His body of work speaks for itself really. That said, just because he controls the characters doesn’t mean he can control the actors.
If he could then he’d be one step closer to being Ultron.
Leaks are inevitable, especially on big projects like this where the entirety of the internet wants to know what’s happening behind the scenes. Idris Elba recently let slip in an interview that he and Tom Hiddlestone (Heimdall and Loki) would make an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is something that Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon have been trying to keep under wraps.
So how does Whedon feel about rumours such as this? He was asked just that in a recent interview with Vulture and was also asked whether he had contacted Elba about the slip:
Um, should he receive an email from me, there might be an attitude of scold… Yeah, when you have a cast of 19,000 people, inevitably, once every month, you pick up [a story] and you’re like, “Awww.”
If you’re interested in #GamerGate or feminism, give the full interview a glance. Whedon gets a little more passionate about that.
The presence of Loki and Heimdall suggests a trip to Asgard. Do the Avengers go there to hide out and plot their assault on Ultron? There are some pretty awesome possibilities once you combine Loki’s deception with Scarlet Witch’s reality-bending that I’d love to see but don’t hold your breath on that one.
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Last week Marvel revealed their plans for the next few years and while Whedon couldn’t comment on some specifics regarding Marvel’s Phase 3 (such as how Hulk fits into things) he did offer up his reaction to it.
“You know, it is a little daunting, and you sort of go, [mock-whiny] “What about my movie? I haven’t even been born and you already like my younger siblings better?” But at the same time it’s exhilarating. It’s really fun to see where Kevin’s taking it and to see the workings of that mind. I think it was a very canny and very human move, I really like the slate.”
You think it’s daunting? Try being DC or worse still, Sony during that reveal event.
Whedon isn’t far off the mark though considering that in our own podcast we almost glossed over the Age of Ultron trailer. Granted, that’s because Marvel has some arcs planned that are bigger than Age of Ultron. Civil War is one of the biggest and most intriguing events in Marvel’s history.
In the wake of that trailer and the reveal of Marvel’s roadmap, people such as ourselves began speculating like all hell and although Whedon doesn’t let the internet influence his vision the director admitted that he isn’t able to avoid all fan reaction and speculation.
“Sometimes. Sometimes it’s depressing, sometimes it’s enlightening. Every now and then, you definitely learn something from some random person on the internet who sees your work in a way you didn’t, who sees truth in it, that’s worth it.”
All that said, Avengers: Age of Ultron has all of us at EGMR more than just casually interested. Picking a most anticipated title out of Marvel’s current slate is almost impossible though and more than a little premature with nothing known about most of them.