Marvel hasn't necessarily become known for director consistency. After Jon Favreau directed the first two "Iron Man" movies, the studio turned to Shane Black to helm the third. Kenneth Branagh directed "Thor," and now Alan Taylor is in charge of "Thor 2." Joe Johnston did "Captain America: The First Avenger," and it's looking unlikely he'll be back for its sequel.
So will Joss Whedon be the exception to the rule? Maybe, especially considering the success "The Avengers" has had since its release. But the real question is whether Whedon will want to come back for the sequel. The Los Angeles Times posed the question to Whedon, and his answer might surprise you.
"You know, I’m very torn. 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," he said.
That's disheartening, but hopefully this is just his post-release exhaustion talking. Maybe if Whedon goes off and does another one of his own projects for now (he already did "Much Ado About Nothing"), he'll be more interested in coming back for "The Avengers 2" a couple years down the road.
It's also worth noting that even though "The Avengers" was based on someone else's material, it was Joss Whedon who wrote the movie's script. It has his creative stamp all over it, and that's largely one of the reasons the flick was such a success. Hopefully Marvel will agree to let him have the same amount of creative control on the upcoming sequel (which may or may not come out around 2015), and that will draw him back in.
Somewhat unrelated, Whedon also indicated to the Times that of all his creations ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and now "The Avengers"), he loves "Firefly" the most.
"You know, I love all my raggedy children," he said. "But if I could be anywhere, I’d be on board Serenity."
Us too! Sequel, please? Please?
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