Joss Whedon: ‘The Avengers 2’ Is A ‘Glorious Challenge’

by Brett White

After being Biebered (that’s the opposite of humbled, y’all) at last night’s MTV Movie Awards, “Marvel’s the Avengers” director Joss Whedon worked the crowd into an uproarious applause by just mentioning 2015’s “Avengers 2.” Since that first film shattered all box office records to become literally one of the biggest financial successes of all time, it’s not surprising that fans want more.

Prior to winning the Golden Popcorn for Movie of the Year, Whedon spoke with Total Film magazine about his take on the sequel and how he’s mentally preparing for it.

“The only pressure is the pressure that is there every time I do a new project,” explained Whedon. “Is it going to be good? It is going to be different? Is there even a reason to make another one? Is there a reason for this to be my next thing? Can I pull it off?”

Whedon then touched upon the financial success of the first film, acknowledging that there is a certain comfort that comes with knowing there’s a built-in audience clamoring for more.

“I am not going to try and match the box office of the first one because that would be bonkers. Yes, there is a certain level of safety [knowing there’s a huge audience] – because now people know about The Avengers and they like the characters so it probably won’t completely crash and burn. But you don’t want to just get by and do something that is merely okay. If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before. So I think of ’The Avengers 2’ as a glorious challenge – it is a sequel, yes, but how can it be different? Of course, the pressure that I don’t feel, my body internalizes. It happens all the time. I was comfortable making the first Avengers, but I didn’t sleep during it.”

Avengers 2” begins shooting in the UK in early 2014, so Whedon’s sleepless nights should be starting just about… now.

[via io9]

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