Joss Whedon Talks Avengers 2 And The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may not know Maximiliano Hernandez by name, but chances are that they have noticed his presence. His time as Agent Jasper Sitwell began in Kenneth Branagh's Thor, in which he can be seen as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent overseeing the mission in New Mexico regarding Mjolnir, but his role has been expanded since then. He is the man that Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is talking to in the Marvel One-Shot short film The Consultant, had a part in Joss Whedon's The Avengers, and once again has an expanded role in the new Marvel One-Shot Item 47, which will appear on the Avengers Blu-ray. And it seems that Hernandez's role is only getting bigger.
With the Avengers Blu-ray out in just a few weeks, the actor recently sat down to talk with What Culture and revealed that with Agent Coulson gone now could be the time that Agent Sitwell stands up and takes on a much bigger role in the Marvel Universe. While there are obviously many more movies in between now and The Avengers 2 - including Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy - the site asked Hernandez if his role could be expanded by the time the second superhero team-up movie came to be and Hernandez said nothing to suggest it isn't a possibility.
"You know what, you very well could," Hernandez said. "Marvel is very good at keeping secrets, as you would imagine [laughs]. Well, theyíre kind of good at it, Ďcause sometimes the odd detail leaks out. Like youíll find something out online and youíll be like 'How the hell do people know that?' But theyíre usually really good. Like, I donít know at all. I literally find out maybe like a month before Iím going to do something for them. Iíll get a phone call from Marvel and theyíre like 'Hey, suit up, weíre sending you into battle.' But Iím pretty optimistic that, you know, Iím gonna get that phone call late in the year and itís gonna be like 'Hey, get ready.' SoÖ Iím excited."
And Hernandez isn't the only one getting excited about The Avengers 2. With Much Ado About Nothing premiering at the on-going Toronto International Film Festival, Joss Whedon has started doing a lot of interviews again and, naturally, has been fielding plenty of big Marvel questions. While the filmmaker has managed to resist giving away any big details (no surprise there), he has revealed to 24 Hours Vancouver what his plans are for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of direction as well has his ideas for his Avengers sequel.
For starters, with a three year contract in place, Whedon has very much become the Godfather of the MCU, and while that job description gives him a lot of power, it's apparently something that he's not going to abuse. He may have the ability to guide the future of how things play out, but he's also not stepping on anybody's toes and making sure to give writers and directors the creative space they need. Said Whedon, "Very talented people are writing and directing these movies, and what I don't want to be is the guy they dread, who's going to come in and say, 'Oh, well I have the power to say change this.' I'm not that."
As for The Avengers 2, Whedon has big plans in store for the superhero group and stresses that just because the group managed to work together at the end of the first movie doesn't mean that what we saw was a "happy ending." Instead it is just the start of an interesting relationship that binds the team together. "It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper," Whedon said. "And maybe, while I'm digging, just twist that knife. And that's exciting for me."
We still have a few more years before the release of The Avengers 2, but the movie will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.
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