Back in May, shortly after The Avengers broke the box office record on its opening weekend, Disney announced that plans were already in the works for an Avengers sequel. Before that, tho, director Joss Whedon spilled some deets about how he would handle an Avengers sequel if he were to return as director. Welp, get excited folks, because today it has been confirmed that Whedon has signed on to direct The Avengers 2 … or whatever the heck they’ll eventually call it. Woot!!
Breaking news: It was just announced on the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call that Joss Whedon will return for The Avengers sequel. Whedon is signed to both write and direct the upcoming sequel. Disney confirmed that Whedon is also involved in the development of the previously-rumored long-lead ABC live-action television series which will be set inside the Marvel cinematic universe. Whedon had previously said that he was “very torn” about coming back:
“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.”
Marvel is notoriously cheap when it comes to contracts, so some fans were worried that a deal wouldn’t be made. I think everyone will be excited that Whedon is back for the next one. If I were Kevin Feige I would secure Whedon to a long term contract as an executive producer, overseeing the marvel universe on a Pixar braintrust-level. The Avengers is being tentatively planned for a Summer 2015 release, although Disney and Marvel have not formally announced a date.
OMG YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAY!!! This is the best news ever. That is all. You may rejoice, now.