It's official! Nerd superhero and director/writer of all-things-awesome, Joss Whedon is set to return to the Marvel Universe in more ways than one. According to Deadline, it was announced during the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call that Whedon will return to the super-group blockbuster series as the writer and director of the upcoming sequel. On the same call, it was also announced that Whedon will create a "Marvel-based" series for ABC, according to Disney Chairman Bob Iger.
Keeping Whedon on was a smart move for the mouse house, as the first Avengers film has already taken in $1,461,368,487 worldwide at the box office, with over $616 Million of that occurring domestically. In that way, the people have spoken: Whedon is the only man for the job. Though Whedon himself, earlier in the year, had some misgivings about tackling the sequel, explaining to the LA Times that he was "very torn" and that "It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool."
I think it's safe to say that this is very good news not only for the franchise, but for fans of the Marvel superheroes in the film. Whedon has an uncanny ability to speak directly to a mass audience, and also the critical eyes of comic book fans; and his various projects' fandoms make that quite clear.
In an official statement released on behalf of Marvel Studios, further details on the deal were made clear. "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."
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