Following the staggering success of The Avengers, it was no surprise that Marvel Studios quickly signed writer-director Joss Whedon up for the upcoming sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But could Whedon already be signed for a third Avengers movie? According to Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce, the answer is yes.
In an interview with Movies.com, Pearce, who also wrote and directed the Marvel One Shot short "All Hail the King" that will be included in the Thor: The Dark World DVD and Blu-Ray, let it slip that Whedon may not be leaving the director's chair for the inevitable The Avengers 3. "Unless you're Joss [Whedon] and you're making Avengers 2 and 3, and then you have a pretty good idea if you're making the next one or not," Pearce told the site.
Up until now, Marvel has gone so far as to say that Whedon was not signed up for a third Avengers. Last October, Marvel president Kevin Feige told ScreenRant that Whedon's involvement in Avengers 3 was "still being determined."
Post The Avengers, Whedon signed a new deal with Marvel that made him responsible for writing and directing the Avengers sequel, overseeing the second phase of Marvel Studios movies, as well as developing the ABC drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but nothing was said about Whedon's involvement in The Avengers 3. While Pearce admitted that he is not involved in Marvel's "brain trust," he appears to have some information that Marvel has yet to confirm publicly. Though, with Age of Ultron sure to enjoy at least a similar kind of success to its predecessor, it would be shocking if Whedon wasn't involved in the third installment.
In the meantime, we'll wait for Marvel's confirmation (or, perhaps, their denial) of Pearce's statement. We bet it'll arrive before The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.