To the delight of many Marvel fans, it was just announced on the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call that director Joss Whedon will once again return for “The Avengers” sequel. Whedon is signed to both write and direct the upcoming blockbuster project. Disney confirmed that Whedon is also involved in the development of the previously-rumored and “long-lead” ABC live-action television series, which will be set inside the general Marvel cinematic universe.
Whedon had previously said that he was “very torn” about coming back:
Marvel is rumored to be 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 officially 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 yet. If that is still the plan, expect filming to begin in early 2014 (April is a good bet).
We have no more details about the series, but fans have speculated that it will probably center around “SHIELD” and possibly introduce a third/fourth tier Marvel superheros to the masses. Sounds very exciting, us at Cinemaroll will of course keep you posted as things come in . . .
“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.”