The Avengers 2 is not set for release until summer 2015, yet that hasn’t stopped director Joss Whedon from getting to work on the much anticipated sequel.
After the success of the first film, which grossed over $1.5 billion, and the completion on Marvel’s Phase:One project, Whedon will also adapt TV spin-off based, S.H.I.E.L.D., which is a the fictional organization featured in the franchise.
But, while fans want to know how much involvement the director will have in the show, Whedon told Entertainment Weekly that The Avengers 2 will always take precedence over everything else.
He said: “I have to maintain a fine balance between not hurting The Avengers… and [also] not be the guy who shows up once a month and undoes everything that’s been done by everyone else.
“One of the great things about having worked for so damn long is that there are so many people that I truly trust.”
Those trust worthy associates are Whedon’s brother Jed, Melissa Tancharoen and Jeffrey Bell, who will oversee the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, which will be airing on ABC. The show will take place before the events of The Avengers.
In fact, Marvel are so happy with the job Whedon is doing in overseeing their cinematic universe, they seem to have put other projects on hold, possibly at the director’s request. According to Digital Spy, Guillermo del Toro has had his own Marvel TV show, which would have featured the Hulk, put on hold by network ABC.
EW also spoke to the Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator about bringing internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog to the big screen. However, Whedon could only confirm that he would like to start filming this year, if his busy schedule allows.
He said: “We really want to shoot it next year (2013). We feel strong about the idea and we have a bunch of stuff written.”
There is no doubting that Whedon’s exalted status among comic book fans and, more importantly Marvel, mean he can basically write his own cheques for the foreseeable future. The only slight problem is that there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in.
Source: Entertainment Weekly