[Movies] Joss Whedon Says He'd Need a Good Reason to Kill Someone in Avengers: Age of Ultron Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.27.2013
He won't do it just to do it...
While Joss Whedon is known for killing off fan-favorites at just the least-expected moment, he says that he won't do it in Avengers: Age of Ultron unless it absolutely fits the story. Whedon spoke with EW and said that even if he didn't feel that deaths need to serve the story, he's sure that Marvel would stop him.
"Um… maybe?" he said whan asked if any Marvel heroes could die in the near future. "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?'"
He added that the films will try not to repeat antagonists, noting, "Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki's awesome, and he is awesome in 'Thor 2,' but 'The Avengers' is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I've ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it's an Avengers movie."