While doing press for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a number of the stars and filmmakers have shed new light on the future of the Marvel Universe, with Scarlett Johansson praising the script for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Chris Evans clearing up rumors about his Marvel contract.
First up, Scarlett Johansson spoke about her reactions to Joss Whedon's script for Avengers: Age of Ultron, claiming that this story feels like a natural progression from the one set up in Marvel's The Avengers.
"I was just amazed. Joss is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long. I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn't feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just 'Let's throw a bunch of new characters in there and keep the thing alive.' It really feels like the next step, and all of our characters, our relationships with one another continue to progress, become more intertwined, more complicated, more meshed. And the film has a lot of great comic book moments that the fans are gonna love, but it's also got a lot of really great dramatic moments that audience members, I think, will really relate to."
Earlier this month, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans revealed that he was planning on taking a break from acting after his Marvel contract was up, although it wasn't immediately clear when that would be. The actor clarified that earlier statement, revealing that he has a six-picture deal with Marvel, and his brief cameo in Thor: The Dark World didn't count. What this means is that, after Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3 the actor still has two more movies left on his contract.
Here's what he had to say, clarifying that he may not pursue other non-Marvel acting endeavors as much, as he continues to look for more projects to direct, following his directorial debut Before We Go.
"Oh yeah, this was a big thing! I gotta watch what I say. I will absolutely clarify. I have a six-movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them. This is without a doubt the biggest blessing in my life. Marvel has literally changed the game for me, and they make great movies. I did direct last year and it was a really fantastic experience, I really enjoyed it. So I'm certainly looking to do that a bit more, so when it comes to exploring other acting jobs I may not be as proactive in trying to find those, I may kind of stick with my Marvel universe in terms of getting in front of the camera, and then getting behind the camera outside of it."