It wasn’t long after The Avengers blew the roof off the box office that the obvious question started to circulate: would Joss Whedon be on board to direct the sequel? Once the sequel was confirmed (duh), the question became even more important. Of course it’s been on Whedon’s mind too—even before the movie release. The L.A. Times Hero Complex recently asked him how he would feel about directing the next adventure of the superheroic team.
“You know, I’m very torn,” Whedon said in a sit-down interview in Beverly Hills before the film’s U.S. opening. “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.”
I get it. Whedon is juggling about a bajillion projects, and I would actually like to see a Dr. Horrible sequel one of these days. Making blockbuster films takes up a lot of time, and at the end of the day, they’re characters that all belong in a universe that’s not his own.
However, I think Whedon was directly responsible for the greatness of the movie. He has an amazing knack for putting a bunch of misfits and outcasts together and making them click. The nuanced relationships between many of the superheroes in the film – Tony Stark and Bruce Banner especially come to mind – have Joss written all over them. The actors brought them to life, but I don’t want to know what this group would be like without Whedon. At the very least I hope he writes the sequel.
Would you like to see Whedon directing The Avengers sequel or would you like to see someone new step in?