We recently ran part of our interview with Age of Ultron co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, where he revealed that, even though his character Quicksilver died in the film’s finale, Marvel created an alternate costume for him that he would have worn had the studio allowed him to survive. In a separate podcast, Whedon revealed that Quicksilver almost was part of the New Avengers team that Captain America (Chris Evans) put together in the closing moments of Age of Ultron.
And now, I can share with you the fact that Taylor-Johnson hopes he can stay in the MCU… somehow. I asked him if he took the role of Quicksilver because he knew that it would be a one-and-done part, that he wouldn’t be locked into a lengthy Marvel contract, like other actors. And according to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, that wasn’t the case, at all. The actor told me during our exclusive interview:
No, because… I still feel like, you know, they were the best. I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed working on [this movie], and would love to do, I would love to being doing more movies with the guys at Marvel. Maybe there will be some case where that might happen. Again, I’m not sure, but…”
At that point, I pointed out that no one really dies in the MCU. Nick Fury and Special Agent Phil Coulson both “died” on screen, but found ways to return. Elaborating on that, Aaron Taylor-Johnson admitted to me:
I’d love to find what that loophole is, because I think they’re the best guys I’ve worked with in a long time, and yeah, you know, it’s cool.”
CinemaBlend readers suggested plenty of loopholes under our story about Quicksilver’s death. Many referenced “Project T.A.H.I.T.I.,” which resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) after The Battle of New York. Other fans pointed out the work of Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim), who can generate human tissue – as she did for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – in the chamber that gave birth to The Vision (Paul Bettany). And still others mentioned the untapped superpowers of Quicksilver’s sister, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen). Could she somehow resurrect her brother for a future Marvel movie?
All of this is possible. The MCU has invented numerous ways to bring characters back from “the dead,” and with the emergence of the Infinity Stones, the MCU will have even MORE options for possible resurrection. The bigger question is should Quicksilver come back. His death, while tragic, carried resonance. These heroes should be in some danger. There needs to be consequences. Put another way, if Avengers never die, what tension can be milked from pending events like the Civil War, or even the Infinity War?
He was instrumental in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s decision to direct Fifty Shades Of Grey.
But now Aaron Taylor-Johnson has said it was ‘for the best’ for his wife to not return to directing the sequel Fifty Shades Darker.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron star told The Guardian: ‘Um … decisions just naturally happen. It isn’t about forcing anything. Sam certainly isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. But, you know, it’s probably for the best.’
Sam told the paper earlier this year, ‘for Fifty Shades I went in all guns blazing. I hadn’t thought through what, if I got the job… what I’d do. And at eight the next morning, they said, “You’ve got it, and we’re announcing at midday.”
‘I said, “Can I think about it?” and they said no. So I sat down with Aaron and he said, “Just do it.” It was like stepping on to a bullet train I’d only just got off.’
The first Fifty Shades Darker film still was released on Friday, showing Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in a black mask looking into a mirror.
Fifty Shades Darker will hit cinemas on February 10, 2017, while the trilogy will complete on February 9, 2018 with Fifty Shades Freed.
There were reports of friction between Sam and Fifty Shades writer E. L. James throughout filming as they clashed over creative control.
The first instalment was Taylor-Johnson’s first film in four years since Nowhere Boy, the indie flick which brought her and Aaron together.
They now live in LA with their two daughters, aged four and three, and another two, aged 16 and eight, from her previous marriage to the art dealer Jay Jopling.
Aaron admits that because of their financial security he is able to be selective with which projects to embark on so he doesn’t lose time with his children.
‘I know when I’ve missed too many school runs,’ the actor says, ‘We’re lucky that we have the financial luxury not to have to be working all the time.’
For his role as Pietro Maximoff (AKA Quicksilver) in the Avengers sequel, Aaron says ‘he got paid very nicely’.
‘The money didn’t have a major effect on me,’ he explains, ‘it was really down to spending time speaking to Joss [Whedon, the writer-director] and talking it over. It’s much more important to me to consider what I could do in the film and who I’m working with.’
Aaron attended a few events recently and I’ve added HQ images to the gallery from them. Seems Aaron has gone blond now, what do you think of it?
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I want to send a quick congrats in Aaron’s way for becoming a daddy a second time! That’s right, Sam is pregnant with their second child! All the best to them!