Joss Whedon: THE AVENGERS 2 Is A ‘Glorious Challenge’

Explaining whether there’s any pressure writing and directing the anticipated follow-up to The Avengers, and final chapter to Marvel's Phase Two, make the jump and check out what Joss Whedon offers!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 4/13/2013
Having delivered an outline that, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, already consists of “seven things worth the price of admission,” The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon seemingly has a good grasp of where to take Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the highly-anticipated 2015 sequel.

“The only pressure is the pressure that is there every time I do a new project,”
the filmmaker recently admitted to Total Film magazine. “Is it going to be good? It is going to be different? Is there even a reason to make another one? Is there a reason for this to be my next thing? Can I pull it off? I am not going to try and match the box office of the first one because that would be bonkers. Yes, there is a certain level of safety [knowing there's a huge audience] - because now people know about The Avengers and they like the characters so it probably won't completely crash and burn. But you don't want to just get by and do something that is merely OK. If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before. So I think of The Avengers 2 as a glorious challenge - it is a sequel, yes, but how can it be different? Of course, the pressure that I don't feel, my body internalises. It happens all the time. I was comfortable making the first Avengers, but I didn't sleep during it.”

Returning Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow, while introducing new Marvel heroes, Marvel’s The Avengers 2 stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner & Samuel L. Jackson, the screenplay is written and directed by Joss Whedon. The film is set for release on May 1, 2015.
Source: Total Film
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ruadh - 4/13/2013, 7:59 AM
Yep...he's got the right mindset. Continue on, sir.
EdgyOutsider - 4/13/2013, 8:01 AM
I really hope Black Panther is in Avengers 2 not only for diversity but also to help gain audience interest in a Black Panther movie for Phase 3 and have him play some part in Captain America 3.
HULK2099 - 4/13/2013, 8:01 AM
Well someone won't be coming back for Avengers 3
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/13/2013, 8:02 AM
The Avengers was so good, that I have no worries at all! If he did it once he will do it again, and maybe even better this time! Avengers is by FAR the best movie ever (I actually JUST finished watching it an hour ago)!
DarkGrifter - 4/13/2013, 8:03 AM
Needs more Hawkeye.
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/13/2013, 8:03 AM
... For the twenty-third time!
Sophisticated - 4/13/2013, 8:04 AM
He's BOSS JOSS I think he will be just fine because he's got so many stories to pull from and so many characters to choose from now just make it work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheMaster2011 - 4/13/2013, 8:10 AM
Maybe if he got some sleep, the movie would have actually been good. But i guess when you have an MCU movie, it's bound to be sh*t.
TheRationalNerd - 4/13/2013, 8:11 AM
Avengers was a 8.5/10 for me. I couldn't take the threat seriously and it took away from the film along with the unnessary humor. The action and characters looked tremendous on screen together, however you didn't have that "Oh sh** they are so [frick]ed!" feeling. And I also think that it was a lame idea to have Hawkeye under Loki's control than the Hulk. Hulk should've been the one to demolish the shield helicarrier not Hawkeye. Even though he did partially most of the damage I would've preferred seeing Cap, Iron Man and Thor get the crap beat out of them by the hands if the Hulk. But it was still a good flick. Really hoping that the sequel goes into darker realms with a more serious tone than the first.
rorywilliams - 4/13/2013, 8:12 AM
Falcon is probably going to be in it now for diversity and because he's in the new Avengers show. But who else? The Wasp? Ms. Marvel?

I can't see Joss Whedon of all people not adding at least another woman.
ruadh - 4/13/2013, 8:16 AM
I'm guessing Widow and Hawkeye will be in the movie, but affiliated more with SHIELD than Avengers.

The team also doesn't have to be restricted to only six members.
Ocelot - 4/13/2013, 8:18 AM
I think that falcon and Hank pym(not as ant-man) and possibly janet will be the new members to the team.
MTrevinos - 4/13/2013, 8:20 AM
"Returning Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow, while introducing new Marvel heroes, Marvel’s The Avengers 2 stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner & Samuel L. Jackson, the screenplay is written and directed by Joss Whedon. The film is set for release on May 1, 2015."

Robert Downey, Jr. is confirmed for Avengers 2? Can anyone confirm this? I thought he contract ended with Iron man 3 and his future at Marvel Studios was uncertain.
R888 - 4/13/2013, 8:20 AM
Best Marvel film yet but I love all the MCU films , bring on phase 2 baby
ManCalledSting - 4/13/2013, 8:22 AM
Well hopefully this "glorious challenge" turns out better the mostly mediocre first avengers film he did. It was an ok movie, but not top 3 grossing movie of all time good. If it hadn't had all the hype and build up from all the previous films it deffinetly wouldn't have done as good.
kinghulk - 4/13/2013, 8:23 AM
i eally hope ant man, wasp and black panther are in this one they dont neccecerily need theyr own movie before the avengers to be included.
StrangerX - 4/13/2013, 8:25 AM
He did have a tough job. Everyone was expecting a billion dollar box office so that pressure must have driven him nuts. Now that some of that pressure is off all he really has to do now is make sure its different than the first. That's why I think there will be a team of villains this time and the Avengers will have to formulate a top notch strategy to take them out.
AmazingFantasy - 4/13/2013, 8:26 AM
Spidey
Falcon
Panther

Make it happen
kinghulk - 4/13/2013, 8:28 AM
i know it wont happen but the secret invasion storyline would be great cos it would mean we they r suspicious of each other and would start fighting each other. i really wanna see cpt fight iron man really eally wanna see it.
xfactor - 4/13/2013, 8:33 AM
Awesome, the fact that he's returning and acknowledging the challenges of this film let's me know i'm looking at a sequel with some great potential of showcasing the group and how they get along as well as a possibility of a new avenger, this could be the sequel of epic proportion akin to the Empire strikes back. Bring it on whedon, i'm ready.
kinghulk - 4/13/2013, 8:36 AM
superman rising- just get lost if you wanna hate do it somewhere else
MrMartinMarvel - 4/13/2013, 8:41 AM
Can you guys please stop it with the Spider-Man?!
Neek2086 - 4/13/2013, 8:43 AM
If the falcon is the only addition to the team then the ball has been dropped right there.. But I know josh is smarter than that.. And please no more Loki!!! Let him stay in thor's movies.. He was a weak villain..
kinghulk - 4/13/2013, 8:43 AM
supermanrising- i just dont get it if you dont like it why do you post that you hate it a thread about avengers 2, why do you have to spread your hate?
giannis - 4/13/2013, 8:47 AM
The Avengers 2, is going to be a great film like the first one, and I'm curious to see what the seven things worth the price of admission are.

kinghulk - 4/13/2013, 8:47 AM
ok it's hard to tell if someones jokeing when you read something on the internet sorry.
ManCalledSting - 4/13/2013, 8:55 AM
SupermanRising: You do realize that if you continue to troll the way have been, you'll be getting the boot soon, yes?
R888 - 4/13/2013, 8:55 AM
Nice to see SupermanRising trolling the marvel page again
Ragnaroknroll - 4/13/2013, 8:56 AM
I think Avengers 2 is in good hands. Can't wait!
Ragnaroknroll - 4/13/2013, 8:57 AM
There are some real douches on this site aren't there?
Ragnaroknroll - 4/13/2013, 9:04 AM
@Supermanrising - Someone take a dump in your corn flakes this morning or something? You're on a mission bro.
ManCalledSting - 4/13/2013, 9:08 AM
Ok kiddo, you have fun trolling.
MadTitan - 4/13/2013, 9:10 AM
i have faith in the man. Joss is Boss!!
GodzillaKart - 4/13/2013, 9:12 AM
Alright. Who wants to talk about abortion? :D
Ragnaroknroll - 4/13/2013, 9:12 AM
@SupermanRising If I may make a suggestion, you should change your avatar because Superman is like a good guy you know?
CoolantTech - 4/13/2013, 9:22 AM
We Need:
Falcon
BP
Ms.Marvel (Captain Marvel)
&
Antman/Janet in this, I know it would be asking for too much to add Spider-man but that would be a dream if he joined as well and [frick] what the haters say Spider-man and Captain Marvel would be Badass additions to this movie
CoolantTech - 4/13/2013, 9:34 AM
@TheRealRemyLebeau "Superman Failing" LMAO and you minus well give it up @supermanrising everybodies frying your lil Fairy ass
KainAndDisabel - 4/13/2013, 9:43 AM
Shite I forgot what the feture was about now, I got distracted with all the trolling comments . . .
Ah, personally I only want Gods and god like beings returning, the rest new characters please, it is not like there isn't enough to choose from,
@ TheRealRemyLebeau... Great retort mate! lol
R888 - 4/13/2013, 9:48 AM
@SupermanRising

I know your not going to see Iron man 3 and never will but why comment on it , if you know its going suck just don't post something about because the bad thing you post something people will be pissed. Why would you do that to people I don't get you at all true superman fan.
R888 - 4/13/2013, 9:53 AM
@teabag

Very nice
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