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Joss Whedon is the master of all things Marvel Cinematic Universe. The consultant for the studio’s upcoming releases is aware of the way all the movies from Iron Man 3 to Guardians of the Galaxy will lead into his next directorial effort, The Avengers 2, and the plans have him thrilled.
“I’m actually really excited because I’ve gotten to sort of look at everything and see behind the curtain on all the stuff, and Kevin Feige has a really clear vision and runs through all these movies. They’re all very different but they really are what the next story should be,” Whedon told E! News at the MTV Movie Awards. “I’m very excited about it.”
That means he gets a say on what the other directors are planning for their own Marvel films. He said, “I’m actually consulting for Marvel in general and some of that is projecting myself. ‘Oh wait a minute, I need that.’ But most of it is hoping that everything’s as good as it can be because we’re all sort of pulling for each other.”
Whedon confirmed that The Avengers 2 starts filming in February, and he also said he’s had an idea for the movie for a long time. In fact, he knew what it was going to be about before he even finalized the story for The Avengers.
“I didn’t think I was going to do the second one, but I had an idea for it before I figured out the first one,” he admitted. “You go into a movie not assuming there’s going to be a [sequel]. I’ve seen a lot of movies that are the first part of a trilogy that never happened and it’s terrible. You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, I did sort of know if they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen.”
As for S.H.I.E.L.D., now called Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Whedon said, “It was fun. It went well. We were just sort of finishing last week, and it’s a different view of the Marvel Universe but it’s very much Marvel. That’s the stuff I love because I grew up on it. You’ve got your cast and you’ve got your trouble everywhere but it’s not a dead body every week. Some are the bodies are alive and they talk and have feelings, it’s nice.”
All this work in the MCU means Whedon doesn’t have time for other projects, namely Dr. Horrible 2. Although he said he’s “written a bunch of it,” he admitted that it probably won’t get made any time soon.
“It’s really just getting that into production, there’s too much even for me. There is such a thing,” he said. “At some point I will go completely insane and not in the cute way.”
The Avengers 2 arrives May 1, 2015.