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Remember that period of time right before 'The Avengers' came out? When the hype was reaching a fever pitch and unease bubbled as to whether it could live up to such rampant expectation? Luckily, the movie smashed our expectations, and when the bottom line clocked in at over $1 billion, it was a cinch we'd be getting plenty more cinematic Avengers tales. The question then became, would Joss Whedon return to helm future films? No small portion of the greatness of 'The Avengers' was Whedon's directing and screenplay. The studio would have to be crazy not to bring him back, but it's not as if we haven't seen studios do crazy things in the past. Well rejoice fellow geeks, Marvel has announced that not only will Whedon write and direct 'The Avengers 2,' but he has also signed a three-year deal with the company. The deal also involves his helping the studio develop a TV series for ABC and allows him to "contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”
Thrilled does not even begin to cover it. Sure, a certain amount of the excitement that will inevitably follow this announcement will be chalked up to fanboy loyalty. Though even if you had never seen a single episode of 'Buffy' or 'Firefly,' it's hard to argue that 'The Avengers' was a triumph. This collaboration with Marvel continues to feel like long-overdue validation for the immensely talented Whedon. I'm of course looking forward to what Whedon does with the next Avengers movie, but this concept of ongoing creative contribution is even more intriguing. I have a feeling Whedon is not the type of guy to step on anyone's toes, but the idea of him being able to lend his talents and comic book expertise to future projects when called upon is fantastic. It could also mean Whedon will direct a Marvel property outside of The Avengers, which would be amazing. Marvel is demonstrating a commitment to quality that is redefining the superhero movie genre and the next three years should be very interesting.
What do you guys think? Excited Whedon is helming 'Avengers 2?' What other projects do you think he might contribute to in one form or another? Could he direct other properties?
Source: LA Times