The Avengers 2 is officially underway. On Tuesday, Disney announced they signed Joss Whedon to both write and direct the sequel to the star-filled blockbuster. After the first Avengers produced the highest grossing opening weekend of all time, it should come as no surprise that Whedon was asked to man the helm once again. In fact, Whedon seems to be the hottest action movie maker of the moment.
His action-fueled career did not begin with explosions or big budgets. Whedon began his career as a television writer working on shows like Roseanne and Parenthood. His first big-screen credit came when he wrote the classic animated film, Toy Story. From there, Whedon spent many years as a writer and creator on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. In 2011, Whedon began his first real forray into mega-blockbuster action when he was tied as a director to the sci-fi film Thor. The Avengers was Whedon's first real solo mega-movie; he carried the title of both writer and director.
As Whedon gets set for The Avengers 2, audiences will surely begin speculating about what exciting plot twists, and cast cuts and additions this film will bring. Before speculation can get too serious, fans have one more thing to rejoice over: Whedon will also help develop a Marvel Comics TV series for ABC. Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped a teaser that was enough to get fans overly excited.
Iger said: The Avengers isn't just a film. It's a franchise from our perspective. Obviously, it was helped a lot by the success of the Iron Man movies and of Thor and Captain America. From 'The Avengers' we get a chance to make Thor 2 and Captain America 2 and Iron Man 3 and hopefully another Avengers movie. So this one film that is immensely successful ... is going to get a number of other films and franchises ... We have an ability to leverage what was a very fun film done by a great group of filmmakers into something much bigger for the company and the effect will be prolonged and that's very, very exciting for us.
The rumor mill (and the excitement) has officially begun.