When Will There Be Avengers 2? Joss Whedon and Marvel's Kevin Feige Talk Sequel
05.08.12 by Ryan
It doesn't take a Hollywood insider to surmise that when a movie earns the biggest opening weekend ever, like The Avengers just did, a sequel is soon to follow. However, Marvel has already scheduled most of its upcoming slate, with both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 opening in 2013 and Captain America 2 following in 2014.
Of course, the studio does have a May 16, 2014 release date already reserved for an as-yet-unannounced project, which could be filled by a myriad of projects Marvel has been developing, such as Ant-Man or Runaways. Better yet, perhaps that's where Marvel could release The Avengers 2. As Marvel president of production Kevin Feige recently told C.H.U.D. (via SlashFilm), a potential Avengers 2 won't arrive until "after" the solo sequels the studio has already planned.
If we do an Avengers 2 it will be after [Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2]. They have to grow, they have to change. What they’ve gone through in this movie will impact their state of mind and where they stand in their next movies. Then whatever they go through in those movies is going to affect where we meet them in the next Avengers film. But I think people will be surprised to see, as we go forward — particularly in Iron Man 3 — the notion of how singular the stories can become. Iron Man 3 is a very singular Tony Stark story. As is Thor 2. Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but SHIELD and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now. So of all these movies, Captain America 2 will be most closely associated with Avengers.
Feige also says there is a "possibility" for The Incredible Hulk 2 and that Mark Ruffalo's deal "would allow it," but considering Feige's comments that Cap 2 would be "most closely associated" with The Avengers would imply that following it with The Avengers 2 would make the most sense. The big question is whether the studio can convince writer-director Joss Whedon to return.
Thus far, Whedon has basically avoided replying with a definite "yes" or "no" to questions about The Avengers 2, with Whedon merely expressing last month that he had an "extraordinary experience" with The Avengers when asked about a sequel return. In an interview with Collider, Whedon still didn't announce his return, revealing that he's not yet ready to make the decision.
You know what, I haven’t really thought about it. It’s time for me to rest, and then see if that’s even feasible.
We're sure that those that have seen The Avengers are hoping that Marvel allows Whedon a little space, but then makes sure the writer-director will return for The Avengers 2.