Still riding high on the success of “The Avengers” (currently the third highest grossing movie of all time worldwide), writer-director Joss Whedon is opening up (just a little) about his plans for the sequel.
In the midst of charming the Toronto Film Festival with the premiere of his new low budget Shakespeare adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing” — starring frequent collaborators Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher — Whedon spoke with Vancouver’s 24 Hours about returning to the Marvel universe.
“The creation of the [Avengers] team is not the happy ending,” Whedon says in the interview. “It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me.”
Twisting that knife will have to wait a little while. “The Avengers 2” isn’t due until 2015, after we’ve seen more solo Avenger pics including “Iron Man 3” (due May 3, 2013), “Thor: The Dark World” (Nov. 8, 2013) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (April 4, 2014). Marvel also has another superhero team project in the works with “Guardians of the Galaxy” due out Aug. 1, 2014.
As to how involved he’ll be in his role as a consultant to the many projects in the Avengers’ universe, Whedon said he expects his contributions to be minimal: “Very talented people are writing and directing these movies and what I don’t want to be is the guy they dread, who’s going to come in and say [in a pompous British accent] ‘Oh, well I have the power to say change this.’ I’m not that.”
In fact, Whedon seems intent in balancing his new role as one of Hollywood’s hottest filmmakers with his passion for smaller projects like “Much Ado” and a sequel to Internet smash “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Sounds good to us.