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Elizabeth Olsen Nervous About Starring in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Elizabeth Olsen in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'Elizabeth Olsen is nervous about starring in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The 25-year-old actress is one of the new stars to join the cast of the superhero movie - in which she will play the Scarlett Witch, alongside newcomer Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who will portray Quicksilver - and worries she has not had the same opportunity for character development as returning cast members.

"It is intimidating going into a production where everyone has their characters fully fleshed out and they know their weaknesses and they have their comedy. Aaron and I don't really have the luxury of time to develop those," she said.

The returning cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

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Despite Being Cast in ‘Avengers,’ Elizabeth Olsen Doesn’t Like Comics

Elizabeth OlsenElizabeth Olsen has never been a fan of comic books.

The 24-year-old actress plays Scarlet Witch in the upcoming superhero movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron and, although she admits she's never really been one to read a comics, she insists she had heard of her alter-ego before she was handed the role.

"I'm not much of a comic book person. I like comic book movies but my brother [Trent, a screenwriter] is the comic book guy. If I'm having a meeting, I ask my brother to tell me about it. But of course I'd seen The Avengers! I've seen all the Marvel movies. I love those movies. Marvel keep the fantastical qualities but create something as realistic as they can make for this world. There's something genuinely broken. Everyone has their Achilles' heel," she said.

The screen star admits she doesn't know how she managed to secure herself the role in the Marvel movie, but doesn't think the director, Joss Whedon, hired her to wear racy outfits like the ones in the comic.

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Quote of the Day: Joss Whedon on Hollywood’s Lack of Female Superheroes

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"Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, 'You see? It can’t be done.' It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, 'Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: 'If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'"

- Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and The Avengers director Joss Whedon shares his frustrations regarding the lack of women superheroes in today's films.

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Joss Whedon to Direct Avengers Sequel

Joss Whedon at The Avengers premiereDespite Joss Whedon's initial hesitation at tackling the follow-up to The Avengers, Disney was (thankfully) able to convince him to reevaluate his desire to pursue other projects instead of continuing with the Marvel project.

Considering the fact that the superhero film took in more than $1.4 billion worldwide at the box office, there was no question as to whether or not Disney was going to ask the director - who also penned the script - to return for the sequel.

Disney Chariman Bob Iger not only confirmed Whedon's sequel gig but also revealed that Whedon will work on developing a "Marvel-based" television show for ABC, which would mark the first time a Whedon series would air on the network. There's no word yet as to when the project is expected to debut.

The Avengers 2 is expected to begin production after the release of the superheroes' individual films, which includes Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

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First Look: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

As Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing draws closer to its official premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, fans are finally given a few stills of the black and white Shakespeare adaptation.

The photos (more seen after the jump) offer up a Wheon reunion of sorts, bringing together alums from Whedon's previous projects: Amy Acker (Angel), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Clark Gregg (The Avengers). No word yet as to when the film hits theaters nationwide.

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Tom Hiddleston: I Was ‘Rubbish’ in Thor

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston thought he was "rubbish" in Thor.

The 31-year-old star feels "very lucky" that director Joss Whedon enjoyed his performance as Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) brother Loki in the Kenneth Branagh-helmed superhero movie, so much so he wanted him to play a big part in The Avengers.

"There was no guarantee that it was going to be such a big part, I think. And I also felt like I'd been rubbish in Thor - there was no way I was going to come back. So it was one step at a time and I was very lucky that, as we were coming to the end of shooting Thor, Ken Branagh showed Joss a rough cut of the film and Joss loved it, he loved what Ken had done with it and was really about what Chris and I had done on it. And [Whedon] said, 'I want to take that relationship and make the stakes higher. You've got these two brothers who are fighting each other and now what's at stake is the fate of Planet Earth, because that's what's going on.' So it's really exciting."

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Joss Whedon’s Avengers Concerns

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Joss Whedon was concerned that The Avengers might turn into a "sausagefest."

The 47-year-old director cast Scarlett Johansson in the superhero movie - which sees her reprise her role of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow from Iron Man 2 - to avoid the film being dominated by its male stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.

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Joss Whedon: The Avengers Will be Exhausting to Watch

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon thinks The Avengers fans should feel "exhausted" when they watch the movie.

The 47-year-old director compared the superhero film to his latest horror-comedy motion picture Cabin in the Woods, and joked he will be glad when he no longer has to film the movie.

"I want them to feel exhausted and fulfilled. Not unlike Cabin, it's a ride, and we put the screws to them. We really put the characters through it, and we want the audience to be with them every step of the way and come out of it going, 'That was an extraordinary experience, and now I want to pay to see it again.' The most satisfying thing about The Avengers is that soon I will finish it."

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson all star in the movie, which tells the story of Nick Fury (Samuel) and a special team who form a group of super humans called The Avengers to do battle with Loki (Tom) in a bid to save Earth.

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The Avengers to Be in 3-D

The AvengersThe Avengers will be released in 3-D. The Marvel movie - starring a huge cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth - is now to be released in the special format alongside a 2-D version.

In the same release, Disney also confirmed another as-yet-untitled film has been moved from a release date of June 2014 to April 2014, with many speculating it may be the follow-up to Captain America: The First Avenger.

Joss Whedon has directed The Avengers, and Disney's distribution chief Dave Hollis has predicted it will be huge upon its release in 2012: "I don't know who doesn't know about The Avengers at this point. It will be an absolute phenomenon."

Jeremy Renner - who stars as Hawkeye in the movie - previously joked he had no idea how the final movie would look after it had been edited: "Someone's in the air, flying around. I'm on the ground, shooting a bow and arrow. There are a lot of things happening. I have no idea what that movie looks like. Zero idea. Most of the time, I have a good idea of how it's going to turn out because I've seen so much of it, but I have no idea. I feel like I might be an extra in it. I'm not sure."


VIDEO: Watch a Thor and Captain America Tag Team Fight

Can't wait for the epic Joss Whedon-directed Avengers movie? Yeah, we can't either. Thankfully for all of our sakes, someone in Cleveland happened to film an aerial view of a fighting scene with Thor Chris Hemsworth and Captain America Chris Evans. Check it out above!

The Avengers is due in theaters May 4, 2012.

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