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Joss Whedon officially tapped to direct The Avengers 2

Aug. 7, 2012by: Alex Maidy

It looks like Disney does not want to mess with a good thing. During today's Walt Disney Investors Conference Call, it was confirmed that Joss Whedon will both write and direct the sequel to THE AVENGERS.

No further details have been revealed at this time, but it is obvious that Marvel wants to line up all of their films for Phase Two to match with the success of THE AVENGERS film. Whedon may also be positioning himself as a central force in the development of future Marvel products since THE AVENGERS seems to be the final stop for each phase of film releases the studio has been putting out.

It was also revealed that Whedon will be involved in the spin-off series inspired by THE AVENGERS that we mentioned recently. Could that series have more in common with the Marvel cinematic universe than previously thought?

I really have nothing negative to say about this decision. Whedon did a good job with THE AVENGERS and the box office proves it. He got great chemistry from all of the actors and I am confident that he will do it again.

Maybe he will even get more time for Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye. The actor recently told Hero Complex that "at the end of the day, 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. I’m literally in there for two minutes, and then all of a sudden… All I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy. Also, we’re pretty much introducing a new superhero character to everyone in a movie where there’s a thousand superheroes. So there’s not a lot of back story or understanding we can really tell about who Clint Barton is, or Hawkeye, and is he working for SHIELD or not. There’s a lot of unanswered questions, even for me. And I was OK with that. At least I was still in the movie. And I was glad for that. The closest thing I could really link to was Scarlett [Johansson's] character, Black Widow, because they have a history. And that definitely plays in the movie, I think. And obviously, you can’t go into too much just because there’s so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they’re connected, and that there’s something really, really important that ties them together. And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there’s room for other things."

Here is to hoping that Renner and Whedon can figure out a way to make more time for Clint Barton. While there is no date for THE AVENGERS 2, you can be sure we will let you know as more develops.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe I should write it up as an Unpopular Opinion column, but I didn't love THE AVENGERS.

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12:52PM on 11/02/2013

yay......I guess?

Well nothing surprising here....just like the first Avengers movie, nothing surprising.
Hey Whedon, make your movie more interesting than just some mildly basic structure filled with cliche puns left and right.
Well nothing surprising here....just like the first Avengers movie, nothing surprising.
Hey Whedon, make your movie more interesting than just some mildly basic structure filled with cliche puns left and right.
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3:55AM on 08/09/2012
way too soon for an unpopular opinion on The Avengers.Alot of people loved it obviously,so ya don't wanna get anyone too riled up. I am glad they got Whedon to to the Avengers sequel & working on other projects in the Marvel Universe. It's great to see Marvel & Disney know what they are doing with Phase two.
way too soon for an unpopular opinion on The Avengers.Alot of people loved it obviously,so ya don't wanna get anyone too riled up. I am glad they got Whedon to to the Avengers sequel & working on other projects in the Marvel Universe. It's great to see Marvel & Disney know what they are doing with Phase two.
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5:06PM on 08/08/2012
So no good or interesting cinematography again :(
So no good or interesting cinematography again :(
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11:23AM on 08/08/2012
WHedon did a great job. I'd trust him. I'm going to miss Phil though.
WHedon did a great job. I'd trust him. I'm going to miss Phil though.
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7:45AM on 08/08/2012
Easy enough, just make a Hawkeye/Black Widow movie. Plenty of screen time an fleshing out of the backstory.
Easy enough, just make a Hawkeye/Black Widow movie. Plenty of screen time an fleshing out of the backstory.
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6:03AM on 08/08/2012
Ok so with all these extra characters coming into the Avenger fold it will obviously lessen Hawkeyes screen time soo why doesn't Whedon just pull a Peter Jackson and just film extra scenes for an extended edition of Avengers 2. I mean I'm sure a lot of people won't be too pissed that we end up with a super long movie to put on our shelves at home. Sir Joss Whedon........ Has a nice ring to it. Lol
Ok so with all these extra characters coming into the Avenger fold it will obviously lessen Hawkeyes screen time soo why doesn't Whedon just pull a Peter Jackson and just film extra scenes for an extended edition of Avengers 2. I mean I'm sure a lot of people won't be too pissed that we end up with a super long movie to put on our shelves at home. Sir Joss Whedon........ Has a nice ring to it. Lol
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2:48AM on 08/08/2012
Yay! Happy day! Happy day! I was getting a little worried, but I knew he'd pull through.
Yay! Happy day! Happy day! I was getting a little worried, but I knew he'd pull through.
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1:10AM on 08/08/2012
When I first heard an Avengers movie would be made, I thought it'd be impossible to tie in all those great characters. It probably wasn't easy the first time around, but Whedon made it work, at least a little. I bet with the experience he has now, he could do even better the next go around. :)
When I first heard an Avengers movie would be made, I thought it'd be impossible to tie in all those great characters. It probably wasn't easy the first time around, but Whedon made it work, at least a little. I bet with the experience he has now, he could do even better the next go around. :)
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12:45AM on 08/08/2012
Whedon handle the first impressively as hell. I am super stoked he is being brought back. Also, now that Hawkeye has been setup, I feel he could easily be fleshed out now (especially if he shows up in some of the other Marvel movies).
Whedon handle the first impressively as hell. I am super stoked he is being brought back. Also, now that Hawkeye has been setup, I feel he could easily be fleshed out now (especially if he shows up in some of the other Marvel movies).
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12:37AM on 08/08/2012
Fantastic. It wouldn't be the same without him.
Fantastic. It wouldn't be the same without him.
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11:54PM on 08/07/2012

I think we can safely file this under . . .

NO BRAINER!!!!!

I wonder how much $$$ Disney threw at Joss Whedon to get him to return?
NO BRAINER!!!!!

I wonder how much $$$ Disney threw at Joss Whedon to get him to return?
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11:32PM on 08/07/2012
I'm really glad that they have him back onboard, as it seems most of these superhero films change out directors after the first film. Those that kept their directors generally succeeded - Sam Raimi stayed on for Spider-Man 2 and made it even better than the first, and the same goes for Christopher Nolan with The Dark Knight. I really liked Iron Man 2 even if some didn't, and the Favreau Flavour (C) from the first one was present there too. Whedon brought a lot to The Avengers, he wrote some
I'm really glad that they have him back onboard, as it seems most of these superhero films change out directors after the first film. Those that kept their directors generally succeeded - Sam Raimi stayed on for Spider-Man 2 and made it even better than the first, and the same goes for Christopher Nolan with The Dark Knight. I really liked Iron Man 2 even if some didn't, and the Favreau Flavour (C) from the first one was present there too. Whedon brought a lot to The Avengers, he wrote some excellent character moments and was able to weave in some layers of complexity into a great big rollercoaster ride. It was a film with grown men running around in tights that didn't feel silly - it felt awesome - and I can't wait to see him up the ante. Also looking forward to Thanos as the main villain.
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11:30PM on 08/07/2012
Screw Avengers. Leave this candy coated kiddy franchise to the children. Whedon is just dog crap on the bottom of Nolan's shoe. What we need is to bring Nolan back for another Dark Knight film! We need more REAL films. Someone should start the petition.
Screw Avengers. Leave this candy coated kiddy franchise to the children. Whedon is just dog crap on the bottom of Nolan's shoe. What we need is to bring Nolan back for another Dark Knight film! We need more REAL films. Someone should start the petition.
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7:01AM on 08/08/2012
Wow, are you ever gay for Nolan.

Not that there's anything wrong with that....
Wow, are you ever gay for Nolan.

Not that there's anything wrong with that....
3:57AM on 08/09/2012
Fuck off troll & DC whore.
Fuck off troll & DC whore.
11:17PM on 08/07/2012
YES
YES
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10:44PM on 08/07/2012
Good stuff.

Good stuff.

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10:37PM on 08/07/2012
An unpopular opinion article on The Avengers crossed my mind just the other day. If anything I'd say wait for the DVD/blu ray release then go to town. Sure it's not a perfect film but it's the best we got this summer.
An unpopular opinion article on The Avengers crossed my mind just the other day. If anything I'd say wait for the DVD/blu ray release then go to town. Sure it's not a perfect film but it's the best we got this summer.
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10:15PM on 08/07/2012
The Avengers didnt really quite meet my expectations.it was
good but not as great as
everyone said but its better than TDKR.lookin forward for Avengers 2
The Avengers didnt really quite meet my expectations.it was
good but not as great as
everyone said but its better than TDKR.lookin forward for Avengers 2
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9:10PM on 08/07/2012

Extra Tidbit

I agree. The Avengers was good but not as great as everyone said it was and this is from a die-hard Whedon fan. But, if Joss is involved in a real way with the TV show, I'll check it out.
I agree. The Avengers was good but not as great as everyone said it was and this is from a die-hard Whedon fan. But, if Joss is involved in a real way with the TV show, I'll check it out.
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8:43PM on 08/07/2012
That put my worry to rest, knowing that he's back for The Avengers 2.
That put my worry to rest, knowing that he's back for The Avengers 2.
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7:14PM on 08/07/2012

OH YEAH!

Avengers 2 AND a TV show!
Talk about news to make a person smile all night long. We knew Marvel wanted Joss back but it's good to see him wanting the challenge and even expanding on it. If anyone can build off the Avengers masterpiece it's Joss Whedon. I hope he knows he doesn't have to top it, just continue the story and build off Winter Soldier/Thor's Dark World and Iron Man 3.
Avengers 2 AND a TV show!
Talk about news to make a person smile all night long. We knew Marvel wanted Joss back but it's good to see him wanting the challenge and even expanding on it. If anyone can build off the Avengers masterpiece it's Joss Whedon. I hope he knows he doesn't have to top it, just continue the story and build off Winter Soldier/Thor's Dark World and Iron Man 3.
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6:15PM on 08/07/2012

GOOD CALL!

I was worried but prepared for the possibility that Joss wouldn't be back, this is great news! I say Marvel should focus on Phase II and then make the series part of Phase III. Either way Marvel continues to kick DC's ass in the live action department.
I was worried but prepared for the possibility that Joss wouldn't be back, this is great news! I say Marvel should focus on Phase II and then make the series part of Phase III. Either way Marvel continues to kick DC's ass in the live action department.
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5:53PM on 08/07/2012

it would shock me if he wasn't invited back

He keep the movie simple and fun. A great summer blockbuster and they don't seem to be taking many chances with the sequel (except the whole Guardians thing).

I kinda hope the tv series will be a Hawkeye series. It seems like a step back for box-office leading, 2 time oscar nominated star Jeremy Renner but a quick 2 or 3 seasons of series tv drama could do very well and score highly with the fans. A show this big, tied in with a running franchise, if done right this could be the shakeup to
He keep the movie simple and fun. A great summer blockbuster and they don't seem to be taking many chances with the sequel (except the whole Guardians thing).

I kinda hope the tv series will be a Hawkeye series. It seems like a step back for box-office leading, 2 time oscar nominated star Jeremy Renner but a quick 2 or 3 seasons of series tv drama could do very well and score highly with the fans. A show this big, tied in with a running franchise, if done right this could be the shakeup to television that we havent seen in a while.
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6:16PM on 08/07/2012
A Hawkeye show could be cool, but there's already a Green Arrow series coming this fall titled Arrow.
A Hawkeye show could be cool, but there's already a Green Arrow series coming this fall titled Arrow.
5:51PM on 08/07/2012
Awesome. This news is so good it almost makes me wish we could skip the other solo movies and go straight to Avengers 2. Almost

As for Hawkeye, if you're adding Ant-man and the Guardians of the Galaxy into Avengers 2 it might be even harder to give him more story with all the old and new characters. I'm sure the film will be great though.
Awesome. This news is so good it almost makes me wish we could skip the other solo movies and go straight to Avengers 2. Almost

As for Hawkeye, if you're adding Ant-man and the Guardians of the Galaxy into Avengers 2 it might be even harder to give him more story with all the old and new characters. I'm sure the film will be great though.
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5:47PM on 08/07/2012
Sounds cool to me. Avengers was a good movie, and I'm a Whedon fan. See no reason that Marvel and Disney wouldn't want to keep him on board, honestly!
Sounds cool to me. Avengers was a good movie, and I'm a Whedon fan. See no reason that Marvel and Disney wouldn't want to keep him on board, honestly!
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