Avengers 2: Recent casting news and a fan's wish-list

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It’s still almost two full years away from release, but there has already been a substantial amount of news about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon’s sequel to last year’s wildly successful superhero team-up. Details began to spill in May, when Whedon revealed that mutant twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be joining the team’s roster in 2015. This was a relatively surprising choice, as the brother and sister are Magneto’s children and thus commonly associated with the X-Men, a property owned by Fox’s movie studio. But the agreement between Marvel and Fox apparently allows for both studios to use the characters as long as their respective dual affiliation is never mentioned.

Marvel followed up that revelation by announcing both the title and the villain of the film in one fell swoop at Comic-Con this summer. Fans of the source material were over the moon to learn that the evil robot with the claim of being one of the Avengers’ first ever antagonists will make his mainstream debut on the big screen. It wasn’t too long after that we found out that James Spader would be playing Ultron, likely through the use of motion capture technology paired with his voice as was done with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in the first film.

As if the news of one of the best character actors in the biz playing the villain wasn’t enough to stoke the flames of excitement, this past week saw the official/unofficial announcements of who will be playing the super-powered siblings that will join the team. Elizabeth Olsen, at least according to Samuel L. Jackson, has been cast as the reality-warping Scarlet Witch, while Quicksilver will be played by Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who has been talking extensively about the role despite any confirmation from Marvel Studios of his involvement. I’m particularly excited about Olsen, who has shown some serious chops in her career (see Martha Marcy May Marlene if you haven’t yet, it’s an incredible film and performance) and I think she’ll handle Scarlet Witch’s strength and fear of her powers very well.

All of this new info has gotten me thinking about whom else I’d like to see in Avengers 2. The beautiful thing about the Marvel universe is just how rich and deep its stock of characters is. I would love to see Whedon include references to and cameos from other big players in the extended Marvel universe that could set up future movies and properties that haven’t yet seen the light of day. Here’s a few characters (and some suggestions as to who could play them) that I’d like to see at least briefly in the sequel. Each has the potential to play a bigger part in a future Avengers film and, in some cases, could launch a franchise of their own somewhere down the line. Keep in mind, none of these characters have been mentioned by Joss Whedon or anyone else and will likely not be appearing in Age of Ultron, but hey, maybe there’s a post-credit sequence in the cards for one or more of them!

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