When Joss Whedon crushed it with Avengers, it seemed natural homeboy would take the reins for the second one. Not so! Not so at all. There was consternation a-plenty from geeks like me when he wavered, and wobbled. Oh glorious being! Please guide us into a second flick! Think more Dark Knight, and less Bruce Wayne Climbs. The Whedon answered our clarion cry, and now he is explaining why he almost didn’t.
It’s great to be Joss Whedon right now — after years of being a cult sensation he has turned into one of the most powerful guys in Hollywood, thanks to the fact that The Avengers sits in third place on the all-time box-office earners list. But that also means that he’s under the sort of scrutiny that he’s never quite faced before, and that means there’s a lot to think about when it comes to making decisions going forward.
So I like the way Whedon describes his decision process for making The Avengers 2,which entailed a little more than telling a driver how to get to his garage to dump a metric ton of cash. In addition, there’s a bit of info about the supposed confirmation of a character for Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2.
Speaking with Steve Ramos of Co.Create, Whedon explained the process of saying “yes” to make The Avengers 2:
There’s a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen–I was like ‘I’m never going to do this again.’ But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish & chips & a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say & 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent & said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe & the characters & the way they were played & I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film & that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I’m entering now.