‘The Avengers 2′ Will Be Written & Directed by Joss Whedon

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 31st, 2013 at 3:35 pm,

 The Avengers 2 Will Be Written & Directed by Joss Whedon

[Update: Read Marvel's official statement on Joss Whedon's 3-year deal.]

In what’s easily classified as good news for Disney shareholders, the parent company of Marvel has officially announced that Joss Whedon, the director and writer behind The Avengers will be back to helm The Avengers 2. Whedon will also be writing the film, just as he did in rewriting Zak Penn’s script for The Avengers along with editing parts of Captain America: The First Avenger.

What does this mean for the other Marvel Studios projects over the next few years?

When Whedon initially came aboard to help Marvel Studios’ most ambitious film to date, there was understandably some skepticism due to his track record at the box office and with his latest show. Serenity, as awesome at it was, didn’t bank well, and Dollhouse wasn’t quite up to snuff with his previous television endeavors. On the comics side however, Whedon’s resume is top notch and his work on Astonishing X-Men and Runaways helped him land the gig. More than that, his ability to handle ensemble casts and his knowledge of the Marvel universe made The Avengers and its group of characters work, creating chemistry that’s hard to come by.

With The Avengers, Whedon laid the groundwork for “Phase Two” of the Marvel cinematic universe and there’s no better choice to direct The Avengers 2, a film quickly confirmed after its predecessor became the biggest box office opening of all time. He already has ideas about how to make The Avengers 2 more personal.

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We know the events of The Avengers directly lead into Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the mid-credits scene featuring Thanos was a tease for Guardians of the Galaxy. So, after shooting the post-credits scene in Thor and helping out with the first Captain America before The Avengers, the question now becomes, is Whedon being confirmed now so he can lend a hand or oversee these Phase Two films that are paving the way for The Avengers 2?

While this shouldn’t come as a surprise despite Whedon’s admittance that he needs a break and was unsure of the sequel, what may be of surprise is that he’ll also be developing a live-action TV series for ABC, one that ties in with the cinematic universe. This news comes at a very convenient time after Guillermo del Toro provided an update on the ABC Hulk series, stating that they’re just waiting on a certain writer’s (“a very, very concrete name”) schedule to clear up so they can revise the script.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014. The Avengers 2 will likely release in the summer of 2015.

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Source: Slashfilm

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  1. Wouldn’t it be cool, if Guillermo del Toro would also direct the next Hulk movie in 2015.

  2. Yee Haa !!!! Great to keep the winning team together !

  3. I hadn’t even thought Whedon, but I did imagine his style of TV shows for Hulk. He will probably provide a “bible” for the show so that the arc matches up with Avengers 2.

    I was thinking the show was sounding very possible considering they’ve been talking about it for years, Hulk’s exposure and popularity just went up, and then they were still talking about it. It sounded like too much “green” to pass up even if it did interfere with continuity. But now it looks like they might handle even that small hurdle.

    I actually think TV has the potential to be a much better medium for comic book adaptations. Hulk can be pretty boring and one dimensional in a movie. A longer series will give them time to develop Banner and other stories. The first Hulk TV show was great, and huge popular hit at the time.

    I’m pretty stoked for this. Del Toro was the first person I thought of when they announced the possibility of the show, but it seemed like an impossible “dream” scenario. Then they announced it. Even then I had to take it with a grain of salt, because the guy has so many unfinished projects. I really hope this happens. I’m imagining lots of stories with monsters and other dimensions. Also, I expect lots of government/army/spy stories. Aliens, other planets. I could go on.

    Also, the initial idea of a twentyish Banner was announced a few years ago. They can easily throw that out. Just a thought.

  4. Good News. Bring in less humor this time.

    Joss Whedon should also direct Guardians of the Galaxy because of his awesome history with Firefly/Serenity. Bring back Nathan Fillion as the leader to this new space crew; have him be Star-Lord. Nathan Fillion would be the perfect Star-Lord.

    • I disagree. Fillion is awesome, but he isn’t perfect for every role – Star Lord included IMO.

      • Then who would you cast to play Star-Lord?

        • Sharlto Copley kinda springs to mind, but there are many, many actors who could do it.
          IMO, Star-Lord should wear his mask for the biggest part of the movie anyway so the face doesn’t matter that much.

          • Sharlto Copley, that’s not bad. I can see him pulling it off too. He would have to work out a little more. He fits the age category for Star-Lord, your war hero veteran.

            The reason why I said, ‘Fillion’ was because he knows how Whedon works and vice versa; they are already comfortable with each other. Fillion has mastered the role of the gunslinger space jockey captain with a Han Solo persona in Firefly/Serenity. I would see him fit comfortably into the role as Star-Lord. After all Star-Lord is some what to be Marvel’s Han Solo.

            I’ve noticed you said, “he isn’t perfect for every role.” I take it, you’re referring to how everyone wants him to be Ant-Man. Well I wouldn’t see him to be Ant-Man at all. Ant-Man should deff be played by someone else.

            • Actually, I REALLY want Fillion to play Ant-Man lol, but he’s already said he doesn’t want to do it so I’m holding my breath.

              When I said “Fillion isn’t perfect for every role”, I just meant in general. As soon as a possible comic book movie is announced/rumored, there’s always a fan or two who suggests Fillion as the lead.

              • Oh lol I see. Well I couldn’t picture Fillion playing any other type of super hero than a space jockey like Star-Lord. Compared to his Firefly character, they both have that same wit.

                Tell you the truth, I’d see Sharlto Copley playing Ant-Man lol cuz it’s easier to picture him in a biochemist’s lab coat.

              • Fillion needs to be cast in the role he is truly perfect and in my opinion born to play – BUCK ROGERS. Somebody make this happen.

                • OMG Totally agree!! When I 1st saw Firefly, I thought there were trying to re-doing Buck Rogers. If Fillion doesn’t become Star-Lord, they have to make him Capt. Buck Rogers. Kristen Bell would be the perfect Wilma Deering.

    • The best name I’ve seen thrown around for Star-lord was Viggo Mortensen.

      • Viggo Mortensen, seems like another good fit too. They should have Matt Damon play Ant-Man lol this way when Avengers 2 comes around, the Bournes will unite.

        Who do you guys think will be good to play Nova (if he makes an appearance) and Drax?

        • Well Nova is fairly easy to cast because he is always wearing his helmet so anyone willing to act with that limitation works.

          Drax……Drax, a bald green guy that can use knives…….Vin Diesel comes to mind because of his work in Chronicles of Riddick but thinking about it, my top choice would be Luke Goss (Prince Nuada in Hellboy 2 and Nomak in Blade 2). He’s an excellent physical actor and knows his way around Martial Arts and the use of weapons.

          • Whoa Luke Goss, good choice; very good choice actually. Yeah he has a good history of hand-to-hand choreographing combat scenes and he looks just like Drax did in the Annihilation: Nova issues. When I think of the 2006+ Drax, I think of him as Conan in space. Therefore Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones) and Peter Mensah (Spartacus, 300) were the two to pop into my head when it comes to playing Drax. Either one of those two know how to destroy. However I really like the idea of Luke Goss playing Drax, that’s another good pick.

            True for Nova, he’d have to be an actor who has done at least one good action movie. He would also have to be some what young looking; Mid-20s. The 1st to pop into my head would be Ryan Gosling. Only because he was sick in Drive and because of the way he looked in that movie, he kind of gave this Flash Gorden type feel for some reason, idk y lol

  5. I hadn’t even thought Whedon, but I did imagine his style of TV shows for Hulk. He will probably provide an arc for the entire run of the show so that it matches up with Avengers 2.

    I was thinking the show was sounding very possible considering they’ve been talking about it for years, Hulk’s exposure and popularity just went up, and then they were still talking about it. It sounded like too much “green” to pass up even if it did interfere with continuity. But now it looks like they might handle even that small hurdle.

    I actually think TV has the potential to be a much better medium for comic book adaptations. Hulk can be pretty boring and one dimensional in a movie. A longer series will give them time to develop Banner and other stories. The first Hulk TV show was great, and huge popular hit at the time.

    I’m pretty stoked for this. Del Toro was the first person I thought of when they announced the possibility of the show, but it seemed like an impossible “dream” scenario. Then they announced it. Even then I had to take it with a grain of salt, because the guy has so many unfinished projects. I really hope this happens. I’m imagining lots of stories with monsters and other dimensions. Also, I expect lots of government/army/spy stories. Aliens, other planets. I could go on.

    Also, the initial idea of a twentyish Banner was announced a few years ago. They can easily throw that out. Just a thought.

  6. I rather a more experienced director takeover with Wheadon writing. To Be Honest, I would of liked a new director and better writer with Whedon only writing character dialogue/interactions.

    One thing Whedon nailed was the character interactions.

  7. I am really interested to see if the Avengers as a more personal and serious film in the sequel. Not saying to be depressing, not fun, or funny but explore the characters, their conflicts with themselves and another and have a real threat in the movie. Sort of The Empire Strikes Back, Wrath of Kahn style second film.

    Whedon did say he wanted it make it more personal in the second round so he may go the route

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  9. 1 vs 6?
    thats not fair. they are considered the mightiest hero.
    plus Thor can beat Loki alone…
    more villains please that can go head-to-head on these heroes…

  10. Does any one here like the Hulk?

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