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Joss Whedon On Avengers 2
'You know, I'm very torn...'

16 May 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Hero Complex

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The Los Angeles Times got some time with Avengers director Joss Whedon just before the film's premiere two weeks ago, but only now has an intriguing titbit come to light online about the possibility of him directing Avengers 2.

“You know, I’m very torn. 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."

So for all you Whedon-lovers, that's the bad side of the coin making these recording-breaking superhero movies takes it out of a man, it seems.

"But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”

...and there's the good side. What those ideas are, of course, remains to be seen, but for everyone out there who's keen for Whedon to do the now-confirmed Avengers sequel, it's not a done deal yet.

One thing we do know is that if the Avengers sequel is helmed by Whedon, he'd like more women to be involved. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly (with Scarlett Johansson), he's on the record as saying:

"Studios will tell you: 'A woman cannot headline an action movie.' After The Hunger Games they might stop telling you that a little bit. Whatever you think of the movie, it’s done a great service. And after The Avengers, I think it’s changing."

More women in big action movies? Sounds like a good thing as does another Whedonesque Avengers 2, to be honest. 

For more details on The Avengers and Marvel's ongoing plans for the characters that appear in it, be sure to listen to our Avengers spoiler podcast with Marvel studio head Kevin Feige below.


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i think he should just go back to being in mythbusters!
:) More

Posted by mclane1 at 07:03 on 19 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon On Avengers 2
He's a drooling idiot. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:32 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon On Avengers 2
L: MonsterCat Michael Bay could learn a thing or two from Joss Whedon about how to deal with female characters. sp; He could learn a thing or two about good, viewable action as well. And how to make a film that isn't a turd. Etc. More

Posted by elab49 at 13:29 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Enough!
I thought the four leads were male. And then 1 of the next 3 (if you add Fury), female. And the male villain. With his male scientist sidekick.   That makes one secondary lead female out of 7 characters. I'm not really getting the rant, tbh. Are we adding Cobie Smulders to overpower the argument in favour of - well, still the multiple male leads that appear up front. More

Posted by elab49 at 13:28 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon On Avengers 2
Michael Bay could learn a thing or two from Joss Whedon about female characters. My respect for Whedon sky rocketed when he criticised the film Captivity and its marketing campaign. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:28 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Enough!
L: dgribble I'm personally get pissed off with the constant use of strong female leads; that results in the male cast looking like whipped, useless dumb asses. (They say sexism is a two way door; is it?) What happened to the good ol days of Predator when then men did all the work, and got their due for it? Hopefully Sly will bring those days back with Expendables 2. So to close off; fuck feminism, and fuck the Black Widow! sp; Christ, where to begin.p; 1.  Lay off the More

Posted by sharkboy at 13:24 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Enough!
L: ramseyrocks Chillax and leave the Sexism for Country side oafs y! I live in the countryside! Leave the countryside-ism for, er, city folk! More

Posted by Osric at 12:59 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

Deaths Head was awesome...
Why not do something different for a change...what about the Civil War or World War Hulk? Avengers was ok but so much potential missed by pandering to fanboys with formulaic guff. Roll on Iron Man 3 as the second one was pretty dire too! Great characters but not sure multiples actually works. More

Posted by Fozola at 12:58 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Enough!
Wow! Somebody sounds like a dick! Characterzation isn't a finite commodity that one character can hog - if the male characters look dumb its the writers fault. Just as a random example watch The Police Story movies - especially Police Story 3 where Michelle Yeoh kicks ass and Jackie Chan is just as strong. or even 'His Girl Friday' Grant goes toe to toe with Russel in that battle of wits. Chillax and leave the Sexism for Country side oafs More

Posted by ramseyrocks at 12:38 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

Enough!
I'm personally get pissed off with the constant use of strong female leads; that results in the male cast looking like whipped, useless dumb asses. (They say sexism is a two way door; is it?) What happened to the good ol days of Predator when then men did all the work, and got their due for it? Hopefully Sly will bring those days back with Expendables 2. So to close off; fuck feminism, and fuck the Black Widow! More

Posted by dgribble at 12:29 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
I'm interested by all this Whedon love, because it felt to me like quite a machine-tooled Marvel film. I didn't feel like it had a great authorial voice or anything. It's really really good, don't get me wrong, but I can imagine it being exactly the same film if john Favreau had made it. Do you really think it's all about Whedon genius, rather than just really good planning and overseeing by Marvel studio? Even Whedon says it's "somebody else's film". More

Posted by Osric at 10:03 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
lly when you consider his user name... ahaha well spotted More

Posted by 7eke at 09:22 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
L: 7eke L: elab49 Not in a pejorative way it isn't, no. ote] quite right, it isn't. i was just pointing out the fact it seems odd to use "not straight" like he had an aversion to using the word gay. Especially when you consider his user name...quote]ORIGINAL: BillymCook Wtf happened to Spiderman and Wolverine? They were original Avengers too... Andrew Garfield's a great shout for Spidey so we'd now have a genuinely brilliant ensemble. Where the hell did Black Widow More

Posted by sharkboy at 09:11 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

Nipples & Turds
With Whedon dithering, you can bet that Joel Schumacher and Brett Ratner are polishing their CV's. More

Posted by MaxRenn at 08:48 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

Nipples and turds
With Whedon dithering, you can bet that Joel Schumacher and Bret Ratner are busy polishing their CV's. More

Posted by MaxRenn at 08:47 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
L: elab49 Not in a pejorative way it isn't, no. ote] quite right, it isn't. i was just pointing out the fact it seems odd to use "not straight" like he had an aversion to using the word gay. More

Posted by 7eke at 00:33 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
Not in a pejorative way it isn't, no.  More

Posted by elab49 at 00:13 on 17 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
L: domcruise L: BillymCook Where the hell did Black Widow come in? And why the fuck would we want more of her, firing shitty Glock's or whatever ou're either not straight or you haven't seen the movie. ou know, It's ok to use the gay word More

Posted by 7eke at 23:13 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
L: BillymCook Where the hell did Black Widow come in? And why the fuck would we want more of her, firing shitty Glock's or whatever ou're either not straight or you haven't seen the movie. More

Posted by domcruise at 22:56 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
L: BillymCook Where the hell did Black Widow come in? And why the fuck would we want more of her, firing shitty Glock's or whatever ou're either not straight or you haven't seen the movie. More

Posted by domcruise at 22:56 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

If he doesn't direct...
... then hopefully he'll at least produce and write. 'Doth mother know thou weareth her drapes?' Killer. More

Posted by Nicky C at 22:24 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
L: BillymCook Wtf happened to Spiderman and Wolverine? They were original Avengers too... Andrew Garfield's a great shout for Spidey so we'd now have a genuinely brilliant ensemble. Where the hell did Black Widow come in? And why the fuck would we want more of her, firing shitty Glock's or whatever, when there are Genuine Avengers awaiting their call to duty? isney doesn't own the rights to Spiderman (Sony does) or Wolverine (Fox does) which is sadly why they couldn't be in the movie More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 22:02 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Well....
Personal wish fullfilment is Death's Head having been given a contract to take out The Avengers before innevitably turning and fighting with them over an unpaid bill.   Strictly business, yes? More

Posted by andy2000x at 21:59 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

Well....
I hate to dismount the bandwagon, i thoroughly enjoyed Avengers but i wanted a little more X2 depth and emotion. Twas a very competently made blockbuster and im not against Whedon making another one, but wouldn't anyone else like to see another director take on this material? Singer, JJ Abrams, Cameron, Nol......... More

Posted by 7eke at 21:23 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

Please direct the sequel, Mr Whedon. There's no rush, but if it has to happen, it has to be you at the helm. I'm glad we won't see Wolverine in the Avengers- Fox isn't going to give up their mutant franchise, and even if they did there'd have to be some serious retooling to get the mutants into the Avengers universe (maybe something like Crisis on Infinite Earths, a bit of dimension splicing, but you know, not DC). Spider-man never seems like he's got a lot to do with the Avengers, he's alway More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 20:50 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

@BillymCook
I'm sure they'd have loved to include Spider-Man and Wolverine, but as Marvel doesn't own the cinematic rights to those characters, there was no way to have them as part of the team. Personally, I'd like to see Frank Castle in the next one just to see how he and his personal ethos mingles with current batch of heroes. More

Posted by Draven Cage at 19:28 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

JOSS, FOR THE LOVE OF ODIN...
YOU HAVE TO DIRECT THE SEQUEL. PLEASE. PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE. That is all. More

Posted by freyar_88 at 18:16 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

Why don't they just do ONE Marvel film true to type...
Wtf happened to Spiderman and Wolverine? They were original Avengers too... Andrew Garfield's a great shout for Spidey so we'd now have a genuinely brilliant ensemble. Where the hell did Black Widow come in? And why the fuck would we want more of her, firing shitty Glock's or whatever, when there are Genuine Avengers awaiting their call to duty? More

Posted by BillymCook at 18:16 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

Him not doing Avengers 2 would be a shame, but him not doing ANY more Marvel flicks would be devastating. Let him do a Black Widow flick, Hulk or even Captain America. More

Posted by clarkkent at 18:01 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Loki swears???
thanks guys... I have learnt something new XD lol More

Posted by FilmDorkReviews at 17:58 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Loki swears???
thanks guys... I have learnt something new XD lol More

Posted by FilmDorkReviews at 17:58 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

Joss should do it!!
Understandably, the pressure of having to create something so HUGE and sucessful is draining. Joss must be exhausted. Which is why I think he should do it... but give it a couple of years, recovery time :P it's like Lord of the Rings. If Peter Jackson had directed the first one, and not the others, I really believe the trilogy would have been rubbish. Jackson and Whedon seem to have a distinct style that just works, and for the sequels to be cohesive they need to maintain that style. On a More

Posted by pieliner at 17:54 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

this must happen
Just do it Joss. It is a necessary thing More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 17:43 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Loki swears???
Bleeding cool have a full article here - http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/04/27/mewling-quim-and -that-mid-credit-smile-in-the-avengers-movie/ More

Posted by markiewankenobi at 17:32 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Loki swears???
Loki does indeed swear - he calls Black Widow a "Mewling Quim" which I am sure you can work out means............whining c*nt!!!! More

Posted by markiewankenobi at 17:31 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

Loki swears???
You said Loki says a "incredibly rude word" I can't remember... what was it?? More

Posted by FilmDorkReviews at 17:26 on 16 May 2012 | Report This Post

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