The Avengers isn't due in theaters till May 4th, but the sequel talk is already front and center. You know there's gonna be a sequel to this epic live-action superhero mashup, it's just a matter of how much time between installments. Most likely Marvel will go 2-3 years between Avengers movies, and if they feel Joss Whedon hits this sucker out of the park, he'll probably be back in the director's chair for the next one, or at least a creative producer. So do you think he's already brainstorming possible storylines for The Avengers 2?
Of course he is! Speaking to SFX [via Digital Spy], Whedon surprisingly said he wants to make the sequel ... smaller. Shhh, don't tell Michael Bay that -- he'd freak! Whedon's ideal strategy for the sequel?
"By not trying to [top it]. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. 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. I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight — and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches."
We love that approach, especially because the superhero sequels that have succeeded most are the ones that really pay attention to character versus flare. Sure, you're going to get your big action set pieces, but we need to care about these heroes. We need to feel their pain and relate to their struggles. It's part of what's made Christopher Nolan so successful with his Batman trilogy, and it's something Whedon is definitely clued in on. He gets it. Hopefully they'll let him sit in the driver's seat again. Would you be down for that, or are you waiting to see what he delivers this May?