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Joss Whedon Talks Marvel's Phase Two and 'The Avengers' Sequel

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September 11, 2012
Source: 24 Hours

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Yesterday The Avengers director Joss Whedon hyped up James Gunn and his take on Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the pillars in Marvel's upcoming Phase Two of their cinematic universe. Now he's back to talking about his own work as an "overseer" for this next round of films with Marvel's iconic heroes and also his progress on the highly anticipated 2015 release of The Avengers 2. Obviously he doesn't have any specific plot points to talk about (and Marvel likely wouldn't let him even if he did), so his words are vague, but it's also clear again that Whedon is a fan just like the rest of us and doesn't have a chip on his shoulder.

When it comes to overseeing Marvel's Phase Two, Whedon says he'll let everyone do their own work:

"Very talented people are writing and directing these movies, and what I don't want to be is the guy they dread, who's going to come in and say" - here, Whedon affects a pompous British accent - "'Oh, well I have the power to say change this.' I'm not that."

Though he's going to be a great voice to help guide Marvel's continued ambitious plans, it's good to hear that he's not turning into the bossy kid on the playground. Of course, when it comes to The Avengers 2, Whedon is in complete control. And while we don't know what's coming for Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury, the director indicates it's not going to suddenly be an easy road just because the team knows how to work together. Whedon told 24 Hours (via ComingSoon) just a little bit:

"The creation of the team is not the happy ending. It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I'm digging, just twist that knife. And that's exciting for me."

The big question is how the events of Iron Man 3 (May 3rd, 2013), Thor: The Dark World (November 8th, 2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4th, 2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st, 2014) will have on The Avengers and their relationship with each other. In addition, if Ant Man gets off the ground before 2015, as several reports seem to indicate, then we might even be looking at a new team member as well. Either way, Joss Whedon is going to be very busy, and fans will be thirsty for every tidbit they can get their hands on.

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  • TheRagingCajun
    If they cast anyone OTHER than Nate Fillion as Ant Man, they are dumb as shit. This guy fits the role perfectly(as well as Nathan Drake of Uncharted for that matter). Plus, for the fatcats at Marvel, he would be cheap as hell. I don't see any reason they can't go for this. No sense in repeating the same mistake with casting Scarjo who's a shitty Black Widow, just for the sake of having ANOTHER Hollywood big name attached to the film. I love seeing moderately-known actors in big flicks, you know, casting actors for the part, not for their name. Like it should be. Like Coppola did with Pacino for The Godfather. If he'd gone with Robert Redford, which was the first choice, we wouldn't even have Scarface, Heat, Scent of a Woman, Serpico or Dog Day Afternoon.........
    • LosZombies
      Shes got a...GREAT ASS!!!!!
    • Cody W
      Yeah shes waaaayyy too hot to recast.
  • Firefly Spoiler: The part where he says he wants to "twist the knife" gives me flashbacks of him killing off Wash unexpectedly and reminds me how much Whedon loves to be unpredictable.
  • germss
    I can't imagine Marvel would give him that much power. Even on the first Avengers, there were a few things Whedon wanted but he was overruled by the suits. Hopefully the success of that film will change things.
  • JBrotsis
    I'm pleading that Hulk gets another movie or at least a strong, long appearance in one of the other individual movies! Also with the mentioning of Ant Man possibly becoming a new member in the team come 2015...I wonder if Falcon (from Capt 2) or War Machine will also be incorporated in the sequel if indeed they are fighting Thanos?
    • max
      Ruffalo-Hulk was probably the best thing about The Avengers for me (Chris Evans was a good Cap again, too). I wasn't thrilled to hear about another Avengers being made; I kinda prefer the individual hero movies; although maybe it was the weak script that I just did not like and a good ensemble movie is possible.
  • What about the Deadpool movie?

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