Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was a guest on the latest edition of Empire Podcast, and he he discussed plenty of spoilers. Perhaps the most intriguing nugget is that Whedon originally wanted Spider-Man and Captain Marvel to appear in the film.
At the end of Age of Ultron a new Avengers lineup is shown, but Whedon wanted two more new members to join the team. "I wanted all of those people. I said, 'It would be great if we could just add a few more. If we could have a Captain Marvel there, that you've made a deal for.' And they talked about it," Whedon explained. "And I was like, ‘And Spider-Man, we could do that too, because Sony had approached us during the first movie about a little integration. So, I would have put both of them in, but neither of the deals were made."
During filming, Marvel announced a Captain Marvel film, and they made a deal with Sony to include Spider-Man in their cinematic universe. After all of that they approached Whedon, which he recounts, "And then they're like, ‘We’re making a Captain Marvel movie and we’ve got Spider-Man as a property,’ and I’m like, ‘I’ve already locked my film you f***ers! Thanks for nothing.'”
Listen to Whedon's comments in the video below starting at the 25-minute mark.
Captain Marvel is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018 and the next Spider-Man will appear in his own film, July 28, 2017.