While Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have already planned a sequel to "The Avengers", director Joss Whedon is still not sure whether he would reprise his helming duty or not. Still, the New York-born filmmaker admitted that he already has some "cool" idea for the follow-up movie.
Speaking to Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex about his possible return to "The Avengers 2", Whedon said, "You know, I'm very torn." He added, "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."
During the chat, Whedon also discussed the similarities between some characters in "Avengers" and other characters in his previous works in both comics and television. While some people suggested that Whedon drew inspiration to create Mark Ruffalo's Hulk from Seth Green's werewolf character Oz in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", the director insisted that he never wanted to connect the two bi-polarized characters.
"I hadn't really connected those," said Whedon. "But the Oz thing for me was kind of an intellectual exercise. And for Bruce, for me, it felt like a new truth - even though it really is similar and therefore isn't new at all - because Mark and I had spent so much time talking about the way anger manifests. And I've even talked about the Hulk as a werewolf. As much as he's a superhero, he's that type of monster."
Whedon went on claiming that if there was any parallel between his previous works and the plot in "Avengers", it was unintentional. "I'm not going to do the same thing on purpose," he stated, "I'm going to do the same thing because I'm creatively bereft, and I've run out of ideas. Awkward..."
The plan to develop "Avengers 2" was announced in less than a week after the first movie was released. On Tuesday, May 8, Disney CEO Bob Iger stopped by CNBC to confirm the follow-up film, stating, "The Avengers isn't just a film. It's a franchise from our perspective."
"Obviously, it was helped a lot by the success of 'Iron Man' movies and of 'Thor' and 'Captain America'," Iger continued. "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."