Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Feature
How To Ensure Avengers 2 Is Awesome
We stick our oar in for Joss Whedon’s sequel

submit to reddit

It’s the third-highest grossing film of all time (and no, Dark Knight Rises is not going to overtake it) and one of the best-loved films of the year. The Avengers (whether they Assemble or not) blew us all away, and we were thrilled when we heard that Joss Whedon would return to write and direct Avengers 2. But what should he be thinking about as he starts work? Cheekily, entirely-unasked and utterly superfluously to requirements, we thought we’d come up with some advice for their second outing…

WORDS HELEN O'HARA
1 2 3 4 5
  1 of 5 Next
How To Ensure Avengers 2 Is Awesome | Don’t Add New Characters Unless Absolutely Necessary
Don’t Add New Characters Unless Absolutely Necessary

We call this “the X-Men pitfall”. The first X-film had a core group of six good guys and four bad guys (two of whom barely did more than growl). By the third film we were up to ten core good guys and six bad guys. X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, about that famous lone wolf Canuck, had 10 core characters, about eight more than we wanted to see. X-Men: First Class had 14 principals. The Avengers is already running with six team members and two (remaining) support staff, not to mention various love-interest hangers on from the individual franchises and whatever villains rock up to the party: we do not need more than that. The great strength of the first film was that it focused on character and the interplay between the team. Surely there’s more to play with there without adding new Avengers to the mix? But if you absolutely must add someone, make it a girl.

1 2 3 4 5
 
1 of 5
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Astonishing Movie Star Music Video Cameos
Hiccup, Rhodey and Spidey join the party

Podcast #158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox
The Vision vs. Daredevil

Daredevil Season 1 Spoiler Podcast - Featuring Charlie Cox
The team discuss and dissect the Marvel / Netflix show

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Empire's Jurassic World Covers Unveiled
You're going to hear her roar

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)