‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Sequel to Be a Small, Painful, Character Driven Affair

Josh Whedon wants a more personal drama for his Marvel superhero ensemble follow-up.

Joss Whedon wants The Avengers sequel to be smaller and more personal
Joss Whedon wants The Avengers sequel to be smaller and more personal
We are just a few short months away from Marvel's The Avengers kicking off the summer movie season in theaters May 4. Even though it hasn't opened yet, it is almost a foregone conclusion that we will be seeing a sequel in the next few years, and director Joss Whedon already has a few ideas about what he would like to see in a follow-up.

This is what the filmmaker had to say when asked how a sequel could be any bigger than the first Marvel's The Avengers.

"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. I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight - and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches."

Next up for Marvel Studios after Marvel's The Avengers is Iron Man 3, which is already slated for a May 3, 2013 release. Thor 2 will be next, set for release on November 15, 2013, and then Captain America 2 in 2014. It isn't known when a sequel to Marvel's The Avengers will get started, but it will likely debut in the summer of 2015.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Sources: The Digital Spy

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  1. the Narrator

    Boom! @azador hardly leaves comments, but when he does, sh*t goes down in a very well spoken way. Sorry if that seemed random, btw.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  2. MovieManiac

    I think that this is a good thing. Surprisingly, the last thing that I am looking forward to in these films is the action. The thing that i cannot wait to see is the interaction of the characters and how they learn to work together. If Joss plans on making more of that with a sequel than i am definately behind him all the way.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  3. Tamas Kovacs

    Just one tiny thing. Didn't you guys forget to credit Mark Ruffalo in every article about The Avengers? You know in that "Marvel's The Avengers comes to theaters..." part.

    3 years agoby @Tamas-KovacsFlag

  4. Alekss

    stiill films

    3 years agoby @alekssFlag

  5. ParkWilliams

    @addictionnonfatel I'm going to suggest you go watch some Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or some Firefly, or anything by Joss Whedon. Whedon has the singular ability to juggle multiple characters in the same narrative with exceptional balance between them and between development and action. I'm confident he can bring that talent to the table in both this Avengers and hopefully its sequels. Comic book characters should be relatable. That's one of the things that makes comic books themselves so attractive, even their early days when they were written far more colourful and exaggerated than most are today. Even if they aren't personally relatable, they are still flawed. Iron Man is one of the best comic book movies ever made because it explores who Tony Stark is without Iron Man, and that defines him as a hero. Whedon knows what's at stake, so it's unlikely that he won't deliver.

    3 years agoby @azadorFlag

  6. Ghostman

    Wow, I missed out last night.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  7. Geof36

    You're fired.

    3 years agoby @geof36Flag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @addictionnonfatel The characters are pretty relatable if you stop to analyze them

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. bipolarmassive

    @dan1 Faith is a gift, I have yet to receive. - Tom Hanks "Angels & Demons" : )

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  10. Sean

    @thedude-abides I'm starting to think the same thing as well, considering that it's "apparently" not coming out until 2015.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Dan

    @addictionnonfatel Or Astonishing X-Men? Which Whedon wrote.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. Dan

    @addictionnonfatel Did you ever read Kingdom Come? There was some great humanizing that happened in that comic book with regards to meta-humans with obnoxiously powerful abilities. It can happen. Especially under Whedon's watch. Have some faith.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. bipolarmassive

    @ejk1 It works for TDK because the story revolves around Bruce Wayne/Batman, plus Nolan's version of Batman is closer to reality for a costume crime fighting character, so in someways the viewer can relate to the character on a human level. Can you say the same for Ironman, Thor, Captain America, or The Hulk? Plus The Avengers are an ensemble cast of Superheroes, how are they going to find time for deep character development? The movie would practically turn into an art film running over 3 hrs rather then would it should be, a smash'em up Superhero movie. Besides it's Marvels style, and deep character development wouldn't work, just look at Ang Lee's Hulk. How boring was that....

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  14. Alan Solares

    lol @ejk1 NA NA NA NA! BATMAN!@Dan Awesome conclusion@Bawnian-Dexeus

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Thus, our heroes arrive at the Storybook thread where they might find more derailed conversation in need of rescuing. Will this be our heroes greatest challenge yet? Tune in next time!

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. Dan

    *cheesy batman scene change sequence music*

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. ejk1

    @Alan-Solares Quick, to the Avengers Storybook thread. We need your levelheadedness there pronto!

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. ejk1

    @Alan-Solares Thanks for that. We totally went off on our own little tangent, which we find interesting, but then you pulled us right back. SO from now on, when you're here, we'll remember to only speak about the story up top. No fun little tangents. Nope. Not at all. I'm so happy you're here to set us straight. Where oh where would we have taken our conversation if you weren't here? I shudder to think.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  19. Dan

    @Alan-Solares Because they're having a conversation? Most conversations around here tend to derail after a while. It's comic books, not like it's such a stretch of the imagination for the conversation to go there with a comic book movie article.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  20. Alan Solares

    Why r u guys commenting about comic books? This story has nothin to do with issues.

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  21. The Boondock Saint

    Ehhh, that's what they did with Iron Man 2....and I did not enjoy that one bit.....

    3 years agoby @combatmadness360Flag

  22. ejk1

    @ghostman I've taped up...well, about 500 comic books at least. Only a few will gain value over time.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. Ghostman

    @ejk1 I taped up my TASM issue 600 so it can earn value in 50 years....such a long wait i'll be dead by the time it passes over a thousand dollars :/

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  24. ejk1

    @ghostman Yeah...And that makes sense that it would be that book, because of how old and important it is. I disagreed with you on Spider-Man because, while important, that book is only fifty years old. Still needs time to gain in value to reach million dollar status, not to mention more copies have to fall by the wayside

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. Josh

    Whedon knows his sh*t. This sounds like an Avengers flick I would really be on board with.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  26. Ghostman

    @ejk1 That "million dollar book" you want would be Action Comics number one featuring the first appearance of Superman sold for 2.1 million dollars and was owned by none other than Nicolas Cage himself.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  27. ejk1

    @addictionnonfatel Yes, because TDK was such a letdown :P

    @ghostman Alright my friend, you gave me a $100,000 book, which I have seen a few times before. But you promised me a million dollar book. That you still need to show me.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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