Although Marvel Studios have been working hard to keep spoilers leaking out to a minimum, hints about plot points in their upcoming The Avengers have been popping in the unlikeliest of places such as toy descriptions. But another possible spoiler has popped up, this time in an interview with actress Jenny Agutter, she of the classic Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf In London, in the English Radio Times. And while it is new information that she is a part of the cast of the film, she also makes mention of something she saw on set that is a doozy if it happens to be true. But I have my doubts.
Needless to say, turn back now if you don’t want to know.
In the article, Agutter dodges the question as to whom she may be playing, but in doing so let’s loose a rather surprising, and dare we say “Amazing,” cameo-
As for Agutter, she’s about to metamorphose again to appear alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in upcoming Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers.
“I’m sworn to secrecy! I wasn’t allowed a script until I got there, and when I did I felt like a complete child being on big sets and a huge parking lot full of Winnebagos.”
She does let slip that two of these housed Spider-Man and Iron Man; we suspect Agutter won’t able to avoid sci-fi conventions for much longer.
Now, you probably know that the rights to Spider-Man are held by the folks over at Sony, while Marvel Studios holds the rights to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the other Avengers-related characters we know will be appearing in the film. It is very hard to get a studio to “loan out” any of the material it has the rights to use. It took someone of Steven Spielberg’s stature to persuade Disney to get Warner Brothers to agree to loan out Bugs Bunny for an appearance on screen with Mickey Mouse in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. For an example that hit’s even closer to home, look at Twentieth century Fox’s Daredevil film. Joey Pantoliano’s reporter character of Ben Urich works for the Daily Bugle but since the film rights to the Daily Bugle were owned by Sony as part of their Spider-Man rights package, a new newspaper had to be invented for the film. So if Sony wasn’t about to let another studio use something like the Daily Bugle in their own film, what makes us believe that they would willingly do so with ol’ Webhead himself?
Now, I’ll admit that there is a slim possibility that maybe Sony agreed to let Spider-Man cameo in The Avengers as a way to build some excitement for their own Spidey movie coming out two months later.A really teeny, tiny slim possibility. Not a probability, but a possibility. (Have I hedged my bet enough here?)
More likely, though, either the Radio Times writer or Agutter just got it wrong.
Via Bleeding Cool.