It wasn't until a month ago when Marvel Studios announced that Joss Whedon is returning to write and direct The Avengers 2 and there's a reason why it took most of the summer for that deal to come to fruition.
"There's a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen--I was like 'I’m never going to do this again.' But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish and chips and a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say and 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent and said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe and the characters and they way they were played and I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film and that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I'm entering now."
By "business side of it," Whedon is referring to the three-year exclusive deal he signed that not only has him helming The Avengers sequel, but helping develop all of the Phase Two films leading up to it. One of the selling points for Whedon was that he's also going to be developing a live-action S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series for ABC with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. A win-win-win for Disney/Marvel, fans and the Whedon family.
Happy to see Whedon taking on an instrumental role in the long-term plans of the Marvel cinematic universe?
The Avengers hits home video September 25th and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Looking towards the future, Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.
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