More on Marvel's Joss Whedon news, including how he's now involved with basically everything through 2015

Yesterday brought the exciting, but not at all unexpected news that Joss Whedon will return to write and direct the sequel to this year's superhero success The Avengers. While that's basically the gist of it, there is a little bit more information coming out about his involvement in not just Avengers 2, but also a live-action Marvel TV series for ABC and further contributions to other Marvel movies. I think this is what happens when you make a bunch of cult shows that get canceled before they should, and then karma repays you generously. Or shawarma. One of those things.

Here is the official statement from Marvel Studios:

“Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”

It's probably safe to say that the Avengers thing was a given. But now Whedon will be involved with the other Marvel movies? Like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, the sequels to Thor and Captain America? Maybe his contributions will only serve to tie everything together, like the post-credits scenes that led up to The Avengers. Or maybe he'll be in charge of a series of "one shot" short films, like Item 47, which will be on the Blu-ray for The Avengers. Whatever he's doing, it's reassuring news that Whedon is officially on board.

Now, about this live-action TV series. It just so happens that there is already a Marvel TV series in the very early stages of development -- Guillermo del Toro's Hulk series. It also just so happens that del Toro was hinting at a very big name writer for this show following a meeting with Marvel:

I had one meeting with Marvel after Avengers and we had a very, very good chat. We have a writer that we want to bring on board, a very, very concrete name. I can't reveal it, but we want to wait for that writer. It's a writer who is otherwise engaged. So right now we are in a holding pattern until that writer becomes free. Then we're going to do a new draft of the script.

Well, that's curious, isn't it? It's pure speculation, so don't take it as any species of fact or truth, but it's certainly interesting. It's also probably more likely that Whedon has been marinating his own ideas for a while now (::coughcough::Black Widow series::coughcough::), and now he has all this Marvel clout (and money) to make it happen.

As of right now, all we know for sure is that Joss Whedon is Marvel's right-hand man until June 2015. And I doubt anyone will be complaining about that.

Joss Whedon on board for 'Avengers' sequel, working on Marvel-based TV show [EW]


  1. It’s a shame the Fantastic Four never got the respect it deserves. As much as I’d like to see it done right, at this point I’d rather they didn’t reboot them because they’d probably make it like the Ultimate version and that’s just insulting.

    1. FF licensing is under Fox, and a reboot is in order or they’ll lose said licensing. Word was Fox and Marvel were negotiating  more time (before that it was said Fox was going to give up FF–which includes Silver Surfer and Galactus–in exchange for an extension on Daredevil).

      Whatever the case, FF isn’t part of the Marvel pantheon ruled by Disney just yet.

    2. Have you seen the cartoon series that was on, Cartoon Network I believe? It was great, and stayed perfectly sourced. 

    1. he wouldnt have killed them if fox never cancelled firefly… so blame them instead.

      bout damn time whedon gets the recognition he deserves.

  2. My money is on the “very concrete name” writer being Michael Chabon. My money is also on him being dreadful. Sorry.

  3. “It’s probably safe to say that the Avengers thing was a given.”
    At San Diego Comic Con, Joss Whedon was still saying that he was unsure if he was going to do Avengers 2. Simply because there were so many of his own projects he wanted to get working on and the time commitment to doing another Avengers movie.

    “But now Whedon will be involved with the other Marvel movies? Like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, the sequels to Thor and Captain America? 
    Maybe his contributions will only serve to tie everything together, like the post-credits scenes that led up to The Avengers. “Joss Whedon apparently worked on the script for the first Captain America, making some changes to the dialog. He also apparently wrote and filmed the post-credits scene for Captain America.Whedon also has apparently already had some conversations with Edgar Wright about Ant-Man. So it will be interesting to see if he will be doing more re-writes for Marvel or just general advice and notes.

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