In what could very well be Marvel’s smartest move since launching its Phase One introduction to its characters, Joss Whedon has not only signed on to both write and direct The Avengers 2, but he has also signed a three year contract with Marvel!
First up comes the news that Whedon will indeed return to write and direct The Avengers sequel, even though just a couple of weeks ago the director said he had no come to a decision yet. The Avengers broke all sorts of records earlier this year, and could very well end up being the biggest release of 2012, so to have Whedon return makes perfect sense.
The news was confirmed on the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call, where the studio confirmed that Whedon will be returning to helm the Avengers sequel. In all honesty, it would be madness at this point to bring someone new in to direct, since Whedon did such an outstanding job. However, it has been made clear that The Avengers 2 is a long long way off yet, with the earliest possible date being in 2015. However, that is not the only good news today.
Whedon has also just signed a three year deal with Marvel, meaning he will be working for them until June 2015, maybe even longer. While we all know that Whdeon helped write Captain America: The First Avenger, and also directed the end tag on Thor, but now the director could be getting even more involved with Marvel’s upcoming projects. Whether he lends his helping hand to Iron Man 3 (already in production) or Thor: The Dark World (just weeks away from production), it is highly likely he could add his skills to Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, signing the deal almost guarantees Whedon’s involvement, but at this point we can only speculate as to what he will get involved with. However, knowing he will be playing a large role in the development of a number of Marvel projects is very good news indeed.
Not only has Whedon signed up for all this glorious good stuff, but he is also developing a live action TV series for Marvel.
More on all of this as it develops.
By Matt Wavish