'The Avengers 2' will be directed by Joss Whedon(Read article summary)
'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon has signed on for the film's sequel.
In whatâ€™s easily classified as goodÂ news for Disney shareholders, the parent company of Marvel has officially announced that Joss Whedon, the director and writer behind The AvengersÂ will be back to helm The Avengers 2. Whedon will also be writing the film, just as he did in rewriting Zak Pennâ€™s script for The AvengersÂ along with editing parts ofÂ 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 Studiosâ€™ most ambitious film to date, there wasÂ understandablyÂ some skepticism due to his track record at the box office and with his latest show. Serenity, as awesome at it was, didnâ€™t bank well, and DollhouseÂ wasnâ€™t quite up to snuff with his previous television endeavors. On the comics side however, Whedonâ€™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 madeÂ The AvengersÂ and its group of characters work, creating chemistry thatâ€™s hard to come by.
With The Avengers, Whedon laid the groundwork for â€śPhase Twoâ€ť of the Marvel cinematic universe and thereâ€™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 2Â more personal.
We know the events of The AvengersÂ directly lead into Thor: The Dark WorldÂ 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 ThorÂ and helping out with the first Captain AmericaÂ 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 shouldnâ€™t come as a surprise despite Whedonâ€™s admittance that he needs a break and was unsure of the sequel, what may be of surprise is that heâ€™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 afterÂ Guillermo del Toro provided an update on the ABC Hulk series, stating that theyâ€™re just waiting on a certain writerâ€™s (â€śa very, very concrete nameâ€ť) schedule to clear up so they can revise the script.
Rob Keyes blogs at Screen Rant.