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Joss Whedon Envisions Smaller, ‘More Personal’ Avengers Sequel

Although The Avengers doesn’t open for another two months, director Joss Whedon is already thinking ahead to the potential sequel — specifically, how to top the first film, which sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assemble to battle an unexpected threat to global security.

The solution? “By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful,” he tells SFX (via DigitalSpy). “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.”

More specifically, now that iconic characters like Captain America, Thor and Iron Man are together on the big screen, Whedon wants to examine what motivates them.

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

Opening May 4, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.


  • Jacob

    Pass. Gimmie ‘spolsions.


  • Joe Kontor

    Aw…it’s cute how delusional he his.

  • mdk

    Uh, no, it’s the friggin’ Avengers f’r chrissakes.  The most powerful members of the Marvel community. You have them up against a world-beater, or you have a boring story.  I know this’ll probably be good, but the suits at Disney/Marvel better bring in another director for the sequel.  Whedon’s too uneven.

  • Geistbusters

     Yeah, that’s just what we need: An Avengers movie where they all stand around, not in costume, talking to each other about their feelings… Don’t we get enough of that crap idea in the comics these days? That idea is almost as good as a Punisher movie that has neon all over the place & ridiculous action scenes…

  • David Rhoades

    That’s not a bad idea. I think that would bring depth to an otherwise dangerously shallow idea. I mean, there’s not a HUGE reason for all these guys to be together. It would be good to really give a strong reason why.

    I mean, there would clearly be an external threat in this hypothetical movie, so it wouldn’t be an episode of Maury Povich or something. And there were PLENTY of Avengers comics that were excellent examples of small, personal, painful stories. Heck, one of my favorites was a hilarious one where they were getting audited by accountants from the city of New York.

  • Jacob

    There IS a strong reason why they’re together. To handle threats that are too big for them to face alone. Leave the character stuff for the individual movies.

  • JJ

    I feel like that’s a given anyway. Just because the story might be more personal and there might be a fresh new theme doesn’t mean we get kickass fights and action scenes.

  • Anonymous

    Screw story, would much prefer to see the Avengers fight on top of the Pyramids; haven’t had a good movie theater snooze since Transformers 2.

  • Jacob

    You have have the major threats without sacrificing story. It just requires a good writer/director team.

  • Anonymous

    And I’m sure Avengers 2 with have a major threat, Whedon just won’t try to top the scale of the first.

  • JJ

    I think by not trying to and let it grow organically, it just will top the scale of the first movie. In terms of story. In terms of action, I’m sure he’ll try to top that. I feel like he was just talking about the story here.
    ““I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define
    themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.””

    Also, the first movie hasn’t even come out yet so quit worrying. And it’s not even confirmed Whedon’s on the second movie, it was just his thoughts on what he wanted incase he was.

  • Uwi Mathovani

    The captain looks… Ugly!

  • Uwi Mathovani

    Yeah…. Ugly :-(