While her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley continue to snort whatever is left over from their Full House and shitty tween jewelry and straight to video movie money, actress Elizabeth Olsen is out there doing real work, and it was confirmed a few days ago that she’ll be playing Scarlet Witch in the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. Shooting begins this spring, with James Spader cast as Ultron himself (I’m getting chills just thinking about it) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch’s brother Quicksilver.
In The Avengers 2, the giant bad guy Earth’s mightiest heroes will face will be Ultron, and now Ultron has a voice. And that voice is… James… Spader. Considering that Ultron is a super intelligent artificial intelligence that has a thing about trying to destroy humanity, it sounds like this is a great casting choice. Among Spader’s many roles, I can’t help but hear Ultron in my head as Robert California, the cold, evil genius manager/CEO near the end of the run of the American version of The Office.
Last week, Vin Diesel Facebooked the above photo, with a slight hint that after his meeting with Marvel, he might be playing the character of Vision, an android and Golden Age superhero. Diesel knows he can’t talk about it, but he also has a bad habit of having loose lips on the internet when it comes to movie roles.
While it had been uncertain how long Robert Downey Jr would want to wear the Iron Man mask, it’s certain that Marvel can’t hand it off to anyone else at this point. So after, I suppose a couple jumbo jets filled with cash, Robert Downey Jr has officially signed on to stay with the franchise for two more Avengers movies. That’s what I talkin’ bout.
Just as the first Thor movie led directly to the events in The Avengers, it looks like for the next phase, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the film that leads Marvel directly into the events of Avengers 2, or so say the screenwriters. What do they know?