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Joss Whedon Remains Undecided About Directing ‘Avengers 2′

by Edward Davis
July 13, 2012 8:01 PM
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When you direct and rewrite one of the biggest films of all time, and are often considered the architect of said feature for pulling off the various and disparate movie threads that lead to that complex feat, everyone wants to know what you're going to do for an encore.

So in some respects, it's understandable why so many people are desperate to know whether Joss Whedon will direct the sequel to "The Avengers," now the third highest grossing film of all time ($612.3 million domestically and $1.46 billion worldwide). Asked at Comic-Con today, during a 10-year anniversary panel for his now-defunct space western TV show, "Firefly," whether the filmmaker would helm the next "Avengers" film, Whedon remained non-committal. “I have not come to a decision on directing 'Avengers 2' yet,” he said. “I am having too much fun with this (Firefly reunion) now.”

But given the particulars, it makes complete sense why Whedon might be acting as a hold out as of right now. There's no script for "The Avengers 2," and no release date. Presumably the film could arrive in 2015, but maybe it would land in 2016. That leaves a long-term commitment up front for Whedon that could clash down the road if another original project the filmmaker wants to helm isn't 100% on schedule.  

Perhaps more importantly, the road map to "The Avengers" might not be completely set yet. Yes, all "The Avengers," minus The Hulk, have films in place: "Iron Man" at the top of the summer 2013, "Thor 2" in the fall of 2013, and "Captain America 2" arriving in the spring of 2014. But then there's the thing about Marvel's plans beyond that, which aren't set in stone yet -- at least not as far as the public's concerned. Coming August 2014 is a Marvel "mystery" film that is likely "Guardians Of The Galaxy." What potentially makes things complicated is that the rumored villain for that film is supposed to be Thanos, who was teased at the end of "The Avengers." Would that film have to tie into "Avengers 2," and, if so, how? Chances are, many questions still remain, and in many ways, those questions affect the outcome of the "Avengers" sequel.  There's also the thing about another Avenger, Ant-Man. Would one of his adventures have to come first?

Then again, maybe we're just overthinking it. After all, Whedon did previously voice his concerns about working on material he hadn't invented himself. “You know, I’m very torn,” he said earlier in the year when asked whether he would like to direct "Avengers 2." “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.”

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  • downoadexpert | July 15, 2012 7:52 AMReply

    I would especially recommend this film, I watched a very impressive construction

  • Tom | July 14, 2012 2:14 PMReply

    Joss, make an original project or two then direct Avengers 2. IN WHEDON WE TRUST

  • evie | July 14, 2012 10:46 AMReply

    Avengers was so stupid!

  • JR | July 14, 2012 12:54 AMReply

    He's said previously his Wastelanders project with Warren Ellis would come after Avengers.

  • Ronin | July 14, 2012 12:12 AMReply

    On the VERY off-chance that Joss Whedon pays attention to this, he said once that he would rather make something that 100 people NEED to see rather than something 1000 people want to see. Joss was the reason that the Avengers was so amazing and funny and heartbreaking in all the right places. I NEED him to make Avengers 2.

  • Monica | July 13, 2012 8:12 PMReply


  • bonzob | July 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    Yeah, I agree with all that, plus even though he says he had a good time, we all know how difficult Marvel is to work with. Only one of their directors has returned for a sequel, and he had a miserable time and parted ways with Marvel soon after (Favs on Iron Man 2).

  • Edward Davis | July 14, 2012 11:05 AM

    I don't think its about money at all and that's actually shortsighted even if you have an tangential relationship to Whedon's work. He's an outsider and hasn't been able to get that many projects going for very long. Firefly was canceled, Serenity did a pittance at the box-office, Wonder Woman was never greenlit, etc. etc.

    But the dude clearly has tons of original ideas and NOW he finally has the creative juice to get them made. Everyone in Hollywood who once looked at his the creator of cool cult ideas that aren't exactly mainstream are likely now wanting to working with him in some capacity.

    He's got carte blanche to do what he wants now: the Avengers earned him that right. So what's he going to do: create 2-3 of his own new projects or do another Avengers movie for Marvel and get paid?

    Dude already probably lives very very comfortably as it is. Does he need to be super-super rich or can he be rich and bring a few more of his own personal dreams to the screen.

    The choice seems obvious to me.

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