Fans of ‘The Avengers’ better brace themselves because the long road to 2015 starts now. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that Joss Whedon has handed in his outline for the sequel to the third-highest grossing movie of all time.
This wonderful news comes as one of the greatest years in Whedon’s career is about to wrap up. In 2012, not only did the world beyond the internet and comic cons finally discover who he was because of Marvel’s megahit movie, but he also delivered one of the best horror films in the genre in ‘The Cabin In The Woods’. He also celebrated the 10-year anniversary of ‘Firefly’ to much fan fare at San Diego and New York Comic Con, and he’s began preparing his return to television with ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ for ABC.
In the interview, Whedon mentions that his great year came with some anger as well:
“I’ve had a wonderful career, and I’m grateful for it. But like every writer in Hollywood, there have been many times where I’ve said, ‘I swear to God, if you just me do this the way I’m thinking of doing it, it’ll work out!’ and I’ve been thwarted.” The success of The Avengers, then, felt like validation, but also exposed his need for validation… as well as a deep, dark want to avenge old grievances with black magic necromancy. “Once you get to this place, where people will listen to you, give you the benefit of the doubt, and will get out of your way, all of the stuff you’ve learned to live with and tamped down, you don’t need to live with it anymore” – and here, he goes spooky voice to evoke an image of summoning ancient demons – “and so the basement door opens … and you go down into there … and read from the diary that raises the dead.” He laughs. “It’s a weird little counter-intuitive thing.”
For more of that trademark Whedon wit, check out the rest of the interview. Afterwards, let’s speculate what could possibly be in that outline. We’ve heard that the director wants more female Avengers, but who could be included? How will the rest of Phase Two factor in now that we know more about films like ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’? Share your theories in the comments below!
‘The Avengers 2’ hits theaters on May 1, 2015.