August 8 2012

Joss Whedon to Write and Direct Avengers 2

Joss Whedon - Captain America shield

From the “no one is surprised by this news” file comes the announcement that Joss Whedon will write and direct The Avengers 2.

It was announced by Marvel Studios on Tuesday that Joss Whedon – who co-wrote and directed The Avengers – has signed on with the company through June 2015.  This deal will see him work on the sequel to the third biggest film of all time, and he will also “contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”  And in the most mysterious aspect of the deal, he will help develop an unnamed television property for ABC set in the Marvel Universe.

Seeing as the film has brought in $1,461,368,487 billion globally thus far ($616,768,487 million domestic/$844,600,000 foreign) off of a $220 million budget, of course Marvel wants Whedon back to helm the sequel.  This next film will present  abit more of a challenge as he will have to deal with the groundwork being laid in Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, but it sounds like he may have some input into those films.

What is intriguing is this also pretty much confirms the unannounced release date of The Avengers 2.  For some time I’ve been predicting May 2015 as the target, and seeing as Whedon’s agreement ends in June 2015, but includes the second film, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure this out.  With this in mind, here’s how the Marvel release schedule looks:

The most intriguing part for me is what this unannounced television series will be. There have been rumors of a new series based around the Hulk, but that is supposed to be in development with Guillermo del Toro, so one has to wonder if this is something different.

Any way you slice it, it looks like Marvel is about to become a major entertainment player.  Not bad for a company that once had its stock trading at a quarter.

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