Avengers 2Though the “Avengers 2” movie isn’t set to start filming until next year, it’s generating quite a lot of buzz with rumored changes to the cast. Joss Whedon spoke to Yahoo! at the premiere of “Iron Man 3” in April,  saying he’s completed a draft of the script for “Avengers 2,” and adding, “I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act, they’re in the movie.” Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, perhaps? This seems to be the most popular rumor at present, though with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” looming on the horizon, Starhawk and sister Aleta Ogord would be logical choices, as well.

According to “Variety,” Robert Downey, Jr. is not currently under contract to star in any more “Iron Man” movies, and Downey told The Daily Show in April that he is re-negotiating his contract with Marvel. It seems unlikely that Marvel will fail to contract Downey for “Avengers 2,” but beyond that, things get murky.

Most recently, speculation has surfaced that Jeremy Renner will not be returning in “Avengers 2” because the studio is unhappy with remarks the actor made in an interview with Total Film about his role in “Avengers.” Total Film quotes Renner: “For 90 percent of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. It’s kind of a vacancy. [Hawkeye is] not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses … I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.” Given that Marvel axed Hugo Weaving mid-contract for his negative comments regarding his role as Red Skull, it’s likely that rumors of Renner’s absence from future Marvel films are true.


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