We’re going to throw a variety of Marvel news at you this morning. First up, Joss Whedon fans know he’s not shy about killing off characters. He did it with Coulson (Clark Gregg) in The Avengers, but the character managed a resurrection for the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But when it comes to other heroes, Whedon tells EW that Marvel is wary of knocking off its moneymakers. “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!'”, says Whedon. “They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get?” The writer-director continued, “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.” Personally, I would love it if a nothing superhero from the Marvel universe popped up at the beginning of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and was immediately annihilated.
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Even though the Blu-ray/DVD for Iron Man 3 won’t hit shelves for another month, some people have gotten their hands on some copies, and are happy to upload the special features (it’s this way with all Marvel Blu-rays/DVDs). The latest stuff to hit the Internet is some deleted scenes as well as an alternate ending. Most notably is a different fate for the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and while it’s amusing, it wouldn’t make much sense for his character.
Finally, an animatic for The Avengers has found its way online, and if you look closely, you can see the Wasp flying in the background in one of the shots. The character was excised to give the female lead entirely to Black Widow (and perhaps for the best since no new characters other than Maria Hill were introduced in the movie, and it wasn’t difficult to explain her presence), and you don’t see the Wasp do anything important. It’s also interesting to see how much of this sequence made it to the finished film.