Whedon Back for Avengers Sequel and More!
According to Box Office Mojo, The Avengers, has made over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. Now, one could argue that a movie featuring Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Black Widow, would have surpassed the $500 million dollar mark regardless of who was in charge, hell it could have been a collaboration between Uwe Boll and Alan Smithee and it would have gotten there, but you’ve got to give credit to the man who put the thing together — Joss Whedon.
Well, it looks like Disney is about to give a lot more than credit to the King of the Whedonverse. Deadline.com is reporting that Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that Whedon would be back to write and direct the follow-up to what now stands as the third highest grossing movie of all-time. The film is expected to debut in the summer of 2015, Mayan apocalypse permitting.
Previously Whedon had seemed a bit cool to the idea of coming back for a sequel, saying:
“It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”
That Whedon chose to put some of those other “cool” ideas on hold at a time when he could easily get almost any project green-lit (Serenity 2! Ripper! Doctor Horrible 2!?… Sorry) says a lot about either his love for the Marvel Universe, the amount of money that Marvel/Disney laid at the doorstep of Casa de Buffy, or his astonishing thirst for work and/or his masochistic tendencies.
Speaking of the Marvel Universe, apparently Whedon is also going to have a hand in bringing an Avengers-centric TV show to ABC (also owned by Disney). The show will be based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though there is no word yet on Whedon’s specific role, what characters from the Marvel roster will appear, or when such a show would air. Prior to becoming the master of the universe, Joss Whedon created such genre TV cult classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. I left Dollhouse off that list, please don’t write mean things in the comments section, my Mom Googles me.
So, with Whedon back in the saddle for Avengers 2, which Avenger do you want to see save the world in 2015?