Tue
Aug 7 2012 11:01pm

Joss Whedon is the Writer/Director for Avengers 2

It seems we just can’t stop Joss Whedon from doing all the awesome things we want him to do these days; Variety has confirmed that Whedon has signed on to write and direct Avengers 2. Just like we were hoping he would.

This also comes with news that his contract includes a role in developing the Marvel television series that is being created for ABC. Considering that this project seemed like a reach too far to many fans, this certainly helps assuage our fears for it.

The only problem is we now have to wait three whole years for this glorious film. And if Whedon has his way (which seems likely, given that he signed the contract) we’ll be getting an intimate, painful tale for our superpowered sequel. Is it 2015 yet?


Stubby the Rocket is the Tor.com mascot. Stubby has already signed Joss Whedon to write and direct Stubby’s biopic, due out in 3017 (Whedon will be put in cryostasis for the millenium leading up to it).

9 comments
Earl Rogers
1. Earl Rogers
I really doubt the story will be Civil War. Having the characters act way out of character just so they can be convenient strawmen isn't really Joss' style.
Earl Rogers
2. Hedgehog Dan
"Having the characters act way out of character just so they can be convenient strawmen isn't really Joss' style."

Agree. I really think, that it would be way too early to put Civil War to the movie-canvas, and that the comic itself is very overrated... there are nice ideas here and there, but oh, the execution!
Earl Rogers
3. Megpie71
From what I've been able to gather, the whole "Civil War" storyline is basically Marvel dusting off a concept they used back in the X-men books in the 1980s. In the X-books, it was the Mutant Registration Act (all mutants had to be registered with the government because they could conceivably be dangerous). When it comes to plot elements, Marvel really does lead the world in recycling, right?
Earl Rogers
4. Hedgehog Dan
It was a little bit more complex than that: originally, it was not about outcasting superhumans, like the MRA, the Keene Act or that one in the Incredibles; no, Mark Millar intention was:

"I opted instead for making the superhero dilemma something a little different. People thought they were dangerous, but they did not want a ban. What they wanted was superheroes paid by the federal government like cops and open to the same kind of scrutiny. It was the perfect solution and nobody, as far as I'm aware, has done this before."

Which IS an interesting situation... however, the story itself quickly turned into a melodramatic slugfest, where not one character acted like a mature, adult human would. (Granted, superheroes tend to overreact things, but still...)
Dave Thompson
5. DKT
I doubt it's going to be Civil War, but even if it IS, just because the characters in the comic book story line don't act right, doesn't mean that the concept of it can't be taken and Whedon can make something special out of it. The end of Avengers certainly hinted at a lot of tensions the public was dealing with re: Super Humans.

Good news about Whedon. I was one of the people who wasn't sure he'd be able to pull it off, and I'm so happy to be proven wrong.
Earl Rogers
6. Hedgehog Dan
"doesn't mean that the concept of it can't be taken and Whedon can make something special out of it."

Yeah, that is true - after all, Joss Whedon took inspiration from The Ultimates, too, and characterization was not the forte of that comicbook. However, it will also take a large amount of creativity, since if they simplify it, that would be just another "been there, done that" super-registration. And please, don't make Iron Man a fascist...

...also, Civil War was - of course - a reflection of the era it was published: the War on Terror, the notion, that too much power in one hand is - obviously - not a good thing. The politics, that divided friends and families...

Don't get me wrong, these are not things which we should forget... but right now we live in the era of the Second Great Depression, which should be also addressed. And if the lesson of the War on Terror was that those who in charge might not deserve their power, than the lesson of SGD is - or might be - that sometimes it does not matter, how much power one wields, it does not matter how everything he/she tries to do or how open-minded said person is, there are things in the world, which can still sweep us away. That sometimes even our very best is just not enough.

The first is about too much power, the second is about too little in the face of a greater peril (and much and not enough, by the way, are relative notions, and there are politicans in the world, who abuse their power and still boast themselves as saviours). Address both of the lessons, and we can have a very decent movie.
Earl Rogers
7. Earl Rogers
Civil War and the follow-up Secret Invasion also had Millar and Bendis rather shamelessly doing riffs on one of Kurt Busiek's all time best Astro City arcs, "Confession"...something that neither writer (to my knowledge) has explained or apologized for. It rather lowered my opinion of both.
Earl Rogers
9. SF
@7: Just posted a response to you that was flagged as spam for some reason. Short version: Read what Busiek has to say about Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Astro City here:
http://busiek.com/site/2011/01/through_the_mail_slot_16.php
Earl Rogers
10. Hedgehog Dan
SF: Thank You, I always thought that Kurt Busiek is an intelligent guy - now this article just confirmed my belief. :)

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