By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Updated: Marvel Studios and Disney have announded that the sequel to the Avengers will open May 1, 2015. Here’s the press release (notice how it’s ‘untitled’):
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL’S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.
Previously: Details from the exciting announcement that Joss Whedon is returning to assemble the Avengers for part 2 are starting to leak out, and Whedon’s involvement in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe is even more detailed than we initially believed. In addition to writing and directing the reassembling our favorite “Fab Six,” and developing a one hour action series for ABC, it now turns out that Whedon is being given the keys to the Marvel Kingdom, at least as far as movies and TV series go.
“Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”
When you deliver the best selling Marvel motion picture of all time – with over $1.5 Billion in International Box Office receipts – chances are, the bosses at Disney are going to want you back. So much so, that the Mouse House bought out the distribution deals for both the Avengers and Iron Man to bring them back to the Magic Kingdom. And although Iron Man 3 is currently in post production, Whedon is likely going to be steering the story lines of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and other Marvel films to incorporate story elements that will set up the Avengers sequel.
Whedon has been quietly doing just that since before his stint at helming the Avengers. He tightened up the editing for Captain America: The First Avenger and was the director for the post-credits scene of Thor – which outlined Loki’s co-opting of Dr. Erik Selvig and getting hold of the tesseract, a cosmic cube with great power, after it was recovered along with Steve Rogers frozen in the Arctic.
Then came the Avengers and suddenly, Marvel’s niche Super hero movies were catapulted to a level reserved for titles with names like Indiana Jones and Titanic. And Disney isn’t about to let the usual sequel-itis it’s new seminal tent pole series. And Whedon seems to have a solid handle off Marvel’s big picture. And with Whedon’s 3 year development deal with Disney running through 2015, a May release date of that year would make the ideal swan song (but let’s face it, if it’s another winner, Whedon won’t be going anywhere anytime soon).
Look for his guiding in in the typical mid credits hints for upcoming films that include Captain America: The Winter Solder, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor 2: The Dark World, and even Iron Man 3 (although, as mentioned, the film has already wrapped principal photography – an end credits scene isn’t necessarily part of that). We should have a more concrete idea of what’s coming from there. And then there’s the Marvel TV Shows. What will the ABC series be? Word is it may have to be something about Item #47, a leftover weapon from the great Chitauri invasion. If so, I think a S.H.I.E.L.D. series would be a likely contender, but sadly, without Agent Coulson.
Either way, Whedon seems to be staking his claim on sci-fi properties where names like Roddenberry and Lucas have gone before him. And with that kinda company, one thing is certain, the next few years look bright for the Comic Book genre.
Hat Tip: Screen Rant