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We can look forward to more of these awkwardly-heroic poses in the near future.
At a shareholder meeting today, Disney CEO Robert Iger revealed that Joss Whedon–the writer-director who turned Marvel’s high-risk ensemble into a hugely-profitable hit that resonated with critics, casual audiences, superfans, people who used to hate the Hulk but now think it was pretty cool how he smashed the shit out of Loki, etc.–will return to direct a sequel to The Avengers. It’s an announcement that’s somewhat expected, but considering Marvel’s record for thrift and casual swapping out of directors, and Whedon’s recent allusions to moving on, it’s one that Whedon’s fan legion will be pleased to hear. And they should similarly like this accompanying news: Whedon will also create a vaguely-described “Marvel-related series” for ABC. So don’t worry: even as he continues his work with the second-biggest franchise going, Joss Whedon remains humble enough to still develop something he can get canceled.
Director Joss Whedon is still finishing up The Avengers for its May 4 release, but already he’s bravely presuming that Marvel might have an interest in making more of these things. He’s also presuming Marvel would be cool with an Avengers sequel being “smaller [and] more painful,” which does not sound like a tagline Marvel would approve of.
In a recent interview with SFX (via) the Buffy creator was asked how he could possibly make the film any bigger, he replied:
“By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful… By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”
So what he’s saying is that a film with two Norse Gods, a man in a metal suit, a babe in a leather jumpsuit, Samuel L. Jackson, bow-and-arrow guy, a huge green monster in pants, a patriotic shield-bearer from the past, and a group of some kind of flying aliens does not need to be any larger? It’s a fairly convincing argument, Whedon, but I’m curious how it will fare against Marvel’s superhero masterplan of amassing a custodian’s keychain of the biggest, brightest, shiniest things guaranteed to grab our attention when jingled in front us. “Small, personal, and painful” sounds mature and all, guy, but Marvel would really like to sell some stuff to some ten-year-olds and manchildren, don’t forget.
On that point, here’s an interview of Whedon talking to Empire about why the Iron Man suit in the trailer no longer has the triangular arc reactor from Iron Man 2. In short, he thinks “the triangle is ass,” and even if he’d kept the triangle, you wouldn’t see it long anyway: in the spirit of Iron Man 2 and Marvel wanting to have a bunch of variants to sell as toys, there are going to be all sorts of suits worn and Battle Damaged™.
So there you go.