Joss Whedon Talks Killing Off A Major Character in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The director says he would need a very good reason to do so in this highly-anticipated Marvel Phase Two sequel.

Joss Whedon teases killing off an Avenger in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon teases killing off an Avenger in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was asked during a recent interview whether he would actually kill off one of the Avengers in the upcoming sequel. While he wouldn't give a definitive answer as to if one of these beloved superheroes will meet their demise, the filmmaker did give this intriguing response.

"I'm always joking about that. Um... maybe? 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."

Robert Downey Jr. revealed in April that he wants to retire the Iron Man character. However, in June, the actor signed on to reprise his role as Tony Stark in both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, so it is unlikely that his character's death is imminent.

There are already franchises based on Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Chris Evans' Captain America, so who does that leave, without a franchise attachment? Mark Ruffalo revealed in March that Marvel doesn't have any plans for a stand-alone Hulk movie, and there are no franchise plans that we know of for Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. Could The Avengers: Age of Ultron include the death of one of these heroes? We likely won't know until this sequel hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.


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  1. Carly Tucci

    you can't kill off Chris Evans' character. He said he likes playing that role of Cap. If he dies, that would be disappointing to a lot of fans.

    7 months agoby @Carly-TucciFlag

  2. Thomas Tiki Scheel

    If we consider that Whedon took a major part of his plot from the actual Ultimate Avengers story line (including the fine print in the comic about "If this was a movie, Nick Fury would be played by Samuel L. Jackson", the role of the Chitauri in the formation of the Avengers, how Captain America was found and even a play-by-play re-enactment of Cap waking up in New York) and we consider that Ultron played a small part in the second events of the Ultimate Avengers storyline, Black Widow is the obvious choice. While she and Stark are not romantically involved in any way in the movie, she still turns on the Avengers and Stark captures her. Movie adaptation to make it more interesting = Killing Black Widow.

    10 months agoby @Thomas-Tiki-ScheelFlag

  3. gumperman

    These headlines are killing me! They make you think that Joss Whedon has brought up a possibility that someone may die in the next film, but no, someone just asked him in a question and he said "maybe?" Between this and the "Christopher Nolan Reportedly Leaves Batman Vs. Superman Over Ben Affleck Casting" post, it really seams ya'll are hurting for factual movie news. Lame Movieweb, LAME!

    1 year agoby @gumpermanFlag

  4. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus You don't think Black Widow or Hawkeye will die in The Avengers: Age of Ultron ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Hawkeye please

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  6. masterofthemoon

    Make it Nick Fury and call it a day! ;-)

    1 year agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  7. jasdjqs

    since black window has "black" in her name" is will be her, due to movie folklore

    1 year agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  8. Writer220

    In this universe superheros don't die for long, they are brought back to life. If It is Widow then she might end up on the TV series, I can see why they want to. It's because they want to explore other characters.
    I highly enjoyed part one but I found some of the characters needed more development, not Whedon's fault, just the actors.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  9. StephieBaybee

    Doesnt matter who they kill off, its still gonna be better than no emotion man affleck as batman lol x

    1 year agoby @steph-xFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Pfft, nobody dies in this universe :p

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Sean Ryan Culligan

    Can I still put my money on Fury dying and Stark taking over SHIELD? Cause that's what I'm gonna do.

    1 year agoby @Sean-Ryan-CulliganFlag

  12. DanielStampe

    No offense, but I could give 3 craps about either of those characters. If they died, then kudos. No cares here. I think they need A LOT more screen time in order for them to die and for me to feel an impact. Right now, they seem generic. I didn't really buy the whole "red in my ledger" thing from The Avengers. Yeah it gave Widow some more depth, but it kind of felt forced and unemotional. Now if he were to have Captain America, or especially Tony Stark die, then damn that would be a huge shocker.

    1 year agoby @DanielStampeFlag

  13. deepsky926

    also can anyone the end of IM3 it said "tony stark will return in avengers 2 " , shouldn't it have said iron man will return? or am i just over thinking it lol

    1 year agoby @deepsky926Flag

  14. deepsky926

    it could be tony stark and they can just have him in flashbacks for avengers 3...and you cant kill hulk that would just pun intend Cap)

    1 year agoby @deepsky926Flag

  15. SoksoV

    Yeah right so he/she will resurrect back in a TV show spin-off? Love Agent Coulson but wishes he was dead for real.

    1 year agoby @SoksoVFlag

  16. Sean

    @mr-k He'll be there for more marvel movies. I don't think his character Tony Stark will die real soon. He will be in The Avengers 2 and in The Avengers 3 ->http://www.movieweb/news/robert-downey-jr-will-return-as-iron-man-in-the-avengers-2-and-3

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. Sean

    @bane5000 Good point. That definitely sounds like a possibility.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  18. Sean

    @cupid That's true. I think you're right.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  19. OhhmeohhMy

    Well this can be a good idea or bad one. First and for most. There is not one superhero in this movie that's not loved. I Guess. I can speak for my self. It would come down if I feel willing to see one die. Right now u would not want to see one dead. And it's hard to kill such one of this iconic characters. But if I had to put my heart strings on it. I would say who would die. There is so many senerios that this geros need each other. But if I had to see someone die and crush my heart is .... Hulk his death could bring the rest closer as a team. He does not have much attachments to any other Character. Trying to think of another character. This is to much haha.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  20. Erikajinx

    My guess is someone who doesn't want to return for the third movie. Hope it's not black widow

    1 year agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  21. Mr.K

    @jmp Ah damn it! I forgot he is gonna be in Avengers 3.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag

  22. JMP

    @mr-k then how is he going to be in Avengers 3 if he dies in the second one?

    1 year agoby @jmpFlag

  23. Shelbysaurus

    In the pic it looks like Widow is charging up Thor's hammer.

    1 year agoby @ShelbysaurusFlag

  24. Mr.K

    Tony Stark will die since MARVEL has no plans for another Iron Man movie.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag

  25. Bane5000

    Kill off Nick Fury and let Maria Hill's reign of terror running SHIELD begin and get us closer Civil War :D

    1 year agoby @bane5000Flag

  26. Bane5000

    @themoviefanatic ...Whedon did mention BW and Hawkeye would have very important roles in the film...maybe one of them sacrifices themselves to save the team

    1 year agoby @bane5000Flag

  27. CoreyB

    Joss needs to shutup jesus enough we know ur makin avengers other director would be saying this type of sh*t. Ok we get it hawkeye or black widow will bite the dust ok....just focus on pre production

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  28. Sean Ryan Culligan

    In before killing off Fury and making Stark the head of SHIELD like how it happened in the comics. His nine movie deal is almost over with The Avengers 2 being #8 and his own movie. Unless he really wants to kill off Captain.

    1 year agoby @Sean-Ryan-CulliganFlag

  29. Mka47

    kill off black widow and hawkeye. bring in spider man!

    1 year agoby @mka47Flag

  30. CUPID

    @themoviefanatic Maybe Hawkeye, he was the least interesting of them all.

    1 year agoby @cupidFlag