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Joss Whedon Will Write/Direct Avengers 2
Also working on a Marvel TV series

08 August 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Coming Soon

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He wavered for a while, calling it "an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately someone else's story." Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief though, since Joss Whedon has just been officially announced as the writer and director of Avengers 2. He's even been persuaded to undertake even more work in the Marvel universe, overseeing an as-yet unrevealed TV series.

Disney chairman and CEO BIb Iger broke the news during Disney's "earnings call", which must have been a reasonably happy occasion, given The Avengers' $1.5bn haul. An official statement from Marvel Studios soon followed:

"Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe."

So that very strongly suggests we'll see the next Avengers team-up in the summer of 2015, following next year's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy.

As for the TV series, we could be talking about the "high concept cop show" set in the Avengers' world, that was being mooted recently (which sounds potentially a bit like DC Comics' Gotham Central). ABC is also the intended home of the Incredible Hulk series that Guillermo Del Toro has been attached to for a while, and of AKA Jessica Jones, based on Brian Michael Bendis' Alias series. Maybe Joss will be advising on all three at once, or none of those at all: perhaps he has something else up his sleeve. We will, of course, keep you in the loop.


But how does the news of Whedon's return make you feel?
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Your Comments

Guardians....
I can't wait to see Rocket Racoon, LMAO!!!! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 20:01 on 14 August 2012 | Report This Post

Bring it!
Great, great news! I predict a billion. In Whedon we trust. More

Posted by Rich Empire at 23:22 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Is the TV thing not going to be linked to Item 47, then?
That would seem the obvious way forward. Have a TV show set in NY, dealing with the aftermath of the Avengers scrap, focusing on normal people with the ability to bring in superheroes for key episodes, building a story arc that has a finale also known as Avengers 2. More

Posted by Nicky C at 16:39 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
I'm going with this one for now, reluctantly. More

Posted by vad3r at 04:02 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
You can't post pictures in this forum. Just bloody pick one, will you? More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 03:55 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
L: Shifty Bench Are you choosing the silhouettes on purpose? couldn't find one that goes with the Empire background. They all have white borders which makes it uneven. More

Posted by vad3r at 03:53 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
Are you choosing the silhouettes on purpose? More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 03:51 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
I'm weak. More

Posted by vad3r at 03:50 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
And you've changed it again. At least twice since the arrow. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 03:47 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
L: Shifty Bench What was wrong with your Empire one? othing, I loved it. It wasn't showing anymore so I assumed a mod must have disabled it or something. More

Posted by vad3r at 03:33 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
What was wrong with your Empire one? More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 03:32 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
L: Shifty Bench It's an arrow and but'll probably change by the time someone else reads this. ote] What's sad is that's it's the most important decision of my life thus far. More

Posted by vad3r at 03:30 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
It's an arrow and but'll probably change by the time someone else reads this. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 03:25 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
How do you rate this one? More

Posted by vad3r at 03:23 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
L: vad3r L: Shifty Bench Maybe he doesn't want to do TV any more? And no Buffy reboot please. The show has been gone for almost ten years and as a fan, I have made peace with that fact...... nything is a better idea than Avengers 2. I loved the first Avengers but don't want to see one of my heroes invest so much time that he could be using elsewhere. e's one of my heroes too but he's still a) a writer/director and b) human, so he goes where the money is. This deal will More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 03:17 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
L: Shifty Bench Maybe he doesn't want to do TV any more? And no Buffy reboot please. The show has been gone for almost ten years and as a fan, I have made peace with that fact...... nything is a better idea than Avengers 2. I loved the first Avengers but don't want to see one of my heroes invest so much time that he could be using elsewhere. More

Posted by vad3r at 02:53 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
Maybe he doesn't want to do TV any more? And no Buffy reboot please. The show has been gone for almost ten years and as a fan, I have made peace with that fact...... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 02:45 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Sad new for me. I'd rather Joss devote his beautiful brain to a new long running TV show. Reboot Buffy with Kristen Bell. More

Posted by vad3r at 02:28 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

I'm thinking of Avengers 3 when The Avengers team up with The Justice League AND The Expendables to stop Simon Cowell taking over the world with his robotic karaoke singing clones. More

Posted by BenTramer at 02:05 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Nice one
The most under used and under appreciated writer/director/producer on the scene, finally gets the budgets and backing he has always deserved! Nice one Joss! More

Posted by kermit24 at 01:19 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Busy guy
Still amazes me the guy has time to make such cool movies whilst he's filming mythbusters. More

Posted by mclane1 at 19:42 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE:Joss Whedon Confirmed For Avengers 2
This is great news. Of course, the deal means he can't do his own film and TV work for a while but he can still do web series, like Dr. Horrible 2 Apparently he enjoys doing that sort of thing anyway, so hopefully we'll get Joss original work that way...... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 19:31 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

No Firefly series 2?
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Posted by danbo1138 at 18:07 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

No Firefly series 2?
More

Posted by danbo1138 at 18:07 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

No Uwe Boll??
No Uwe Boll?? such a shame! More

Posted by Big Red at 15:39 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

AWESOME. Makes me think Whedon already has a TV idea, and that's the source of the "Avengers based TV show" rumours: so to make that happen, Marvel bartered the show for him doing Avengers 2. Plus, y'know, a pile of money Galactus would struggle to choke down. More

Posted by clarkkent at 13:55 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Dr Strange?
Would fit in with Whedon's 'Buffy' backgound and could be fun.. More

Posted by Simon124 at 13:41 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

2nd Chance To Give Us The Movie We Hoped For?
Must admit, Avengers was my biggest disappointment of the year (along with The Dictator) I hope the second shot gives us long time Marvel fans the film we have waited 3 decades for! For me the first one (Hulk smashing Loki aside) was all a bit 'Meh!' More

Posted by Fozola at 13:16 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Aw F*CK YEAH!
Avengers was the best blockbuster of the year (didn't love DKR nearly as much as Avengers Assemble, not by a long chalk) and I can't wait for more, quite frankly. More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:27 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Great stuff
I'm glad that he's doing it. Slightly sad it means Joss can't work on his own original ideas (although maybe in a producer role?), but he clearly loves these characters and knows how to find their voice. If he thought it was difficult tying together the strands for the first Avengers movie, it's going to be even more complicated with the rest of the stand alone films that are coming, including Guardians of the Galaxy. More

Posted by jimmyriddler at 12:14 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

I hope someone has peeled Helen O-Hara off the ceiling at Empire towers! More

Posted by bobsbitchtits at 11:07 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

I'm thinking Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Heroes for Hire as the TV series. Fits in with the 'cop show' theme and their powers are not too expensive to portray. More

Posted by MadMart at 09:41 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Well this is joyous news! More

Posted by Whistler at 08:13 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

A sigh of relief is right, Whedon was perfect for the first avengers movie and script pending this outing should be no different. More

Posted by brownish1 at 08:11 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

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