Does Joss Whedon want to kill an Avenger? I suppose the real question isn't if he wants to, but when Marvel will finally let him. In a recent interview, Whedon explained the situation.
"I'm always joking about [death]," Whedon said in an interview with EW.com. "But 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!' They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? 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?'"
He also confirmed that Ultronwould be the main baddie this time around, stepping in for Loki.
"Every movie is going to be a different villain," Whedon stated. "Loki's awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I've ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it's an Avengers movie."
Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 1, 2015.