Director Joss Whedon Says The Avengers 2 Should Be "More Personal" and "More Painful"
Posted 03.09.12 by Ryan
At the New York Comic-Con last October, Marvel president of production Kevin Feige revealed that Avengers 2 would possibly be a part of "phase two" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will commence with Iron Man 3 in 2013. First, of course, The Avengers has to be a success when it opens in May, which seems likely, as the most recent trailer broke an iTunes download record previously set by the first trailer to the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.
During an interview with British Magazine SFX (via Digital Spy), Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon was asked how a sequel might top the upcoming original, to which the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator said: "By not trying to."
By not trying to. 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.
While some of the plot details in The Avengers are being kept secret, we know for sure that Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Dr. Bruce Banner, aka Hulk, (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will unite to battle Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after being assembled by S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Whedon said that his approach to The Avengers was to make the characters "awesome."
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.
Feige has also revealed that Avengers 2 could see new members join the team, something Whedon told SFX that there was "a boatload" of Avengers he'd like to see in a potential sequel. "Pretty much everyone but Wonder Man. I never did figure out what he was for," said Whedon.
If you haven't seen the most recent trailer, you should watch it here, or you can watch the German version below, with an added exchange between Tony Stark, Captain America and Bruce Banner (dubbed in German, of course).
Next Showing: The Avengers
opens May 4th