Aug 8, 2012

Joss Whedon Returns For Avengers 2 And More!


At this point I think it's safe to say that Avengers is the biggest (and possibly most fun) movie of the year.  You can thank writer/director Joss Whedon for that.  While we all hoped and prayed that he'd be back again for the sequel sometime in 2015, Disney announced on an investor conference call that it's now officially a done deal.  Not only that, but Whedon will also be shepherding the still-in-development live action TV show that will be somehow set in the Marvel-verse.  That project is still in the extremely early stages - Marvel hasn't even really announced a general pitch, although rumors point towards some kind of police procedural.  While none of the established Marvel heroes would be regular cast members, I certainly wouldn't rule out the occasional cameo.

While we can hope that Whedon will stay heavily involved in the proposed hour-long (the man is responsible for some of the greatest TV in the past 20 years after all), what looks even more likely is that he'll have a strong hand in the remainder of the in-development movies that make up Marvel's Phase Two.  Whedon did some fiarly extensive re-writes on Captain America, something that was very evident in the finished product, (Tommy Lee Jones' Colonel Phillips feels like a wholesale Whedon creation.) so it makes sense that he'd want to shape the rest of Marvel's upcoming slate to properly set the stage for the next Avengers adventure.  Iron Man 3 is already heading into post-production and the most input he can probably have on Thor: The Dark World at this point is some quick dialogue punch-up, but I expect Whedon will be heavily involved in shaping the stories for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as the way-out-there Guardians Of The Galaxy.

A gun-toting raccoon spouting witty Whedon-banter?  Yes please.

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