When Marvel formally announced that they’d greenlit a sequel to The Avengers – which was perhaps the biggest “duh” moment of 2012 — writer-director Joss Whedon was at first cautiously noncommital. He expressed a desire to go back to writing his own characters, and he didn’t have a desire to go bigger and better like other sequels did. But now Whedon can no longer be coy, because Disney has announced that he’ll be helming The Avengers 2 in 2015!
Variety broke the news when Disney chief Bob Iger announced that Whedon had signed a contract through 2015. And it gets better! In addition to reassembling Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and co., Whedon is also helping to develop a Marvel TV show. io9 thinks this could be a TV show set in the Avengers universe but not featuring any of the superheroes from the movie—so, more likely it’ll focus on the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents working behind the scenes. Hey, Whedon made me care about Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), so I’d watch more of a spy show as long as it comes from his mind.
Now that we know that the franchise is safely in Whedon’s hands, let’s go over this quote from three months ago where he talks about the kind of movie he’d like to make:
“By not trying to [go bigger]. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”
That shouldn’t be too difficult, seeing as Whedon introduced and sort-of resolved the theme of the first movie, which was forcing these superpowered loners to figure out how the hell they can work together. The film ended with Bruce Banner and Tony Stark driving off into the sunset! These guys are all becoming buddies now, so we need something new to challenge them. I completely support Tor.com’s theory that The Avengers 2 will tackle the Civil War storyline where all the heroes had to reveal their identities, whether it follows that completely or just borrows the themes for a new story. From the last few seasons of Buffy, Whedon has had plenty of experience with writing what happens when someone who’s supposed to stay in the shadows and protects you is suddenly required to become a public figure.
But for now, let’s just say yay! We get Whedon back, and whatever he does will be kickass. What do you think will happen in The Avengers 2?
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