Joss Whedon will write and direct The Avengers 2

Also developing a Marvel TV show

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Given the stellar box office performance turned in by The Avengers earlier this year, it should come as no surprise to learn that Joss Whedon will return for the forthcoming sequel, with the writer / director officially confirmed by Marvel to have signed on the dotted line.

However, Whedon's return wasn't a mere formality, with the director having been in two minds as recently as Comic-Con. "I have not come to a decision on directing Avengers 2 yet," said Whedon during a Firefly panel, setting fanboy hearts aflutter at the prospect of somebody else coming in to take the reins.

Apparently, some serious negotiations took place between Whedon and the studio, with the director reportedly getting a significant pay-rise this time around. Given just how much money the first film made, we'd argue such a reward isn't unreasonable!

Variety also reports that Whedon will develop "a live action TV series involving Marvel characters". Just who those characters will be remains to be seen, but given Whedon's previous small-screen track record, it should be a mouthwatering proposition.

At present, no release date has been confirmed for The Avengers 2, but we'd anticipate it arriving at some point in 2015, once the next round of individual movies are out of the way. Looks like Cap, Iron Man and co. will be riding high for a few years to come...

Are you pleased that Whedon will return for round two? Tell us, below!

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    • Heisenberg

      Aug 8th 2012, 7:27

      YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES YES! YES! YES! YES!

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    • uchilochka

      Aug 8th 2012, 10:20

      Yes! It would be great!

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    • SiMan

      Aug 8th 2012, 12:18

      Praise the lord....but i wonder how much control he will have on where he wants to take the story. Are Marvel Studios going to want him to lead the story in a direction that can tie in with Guardians of the Galaxy? Nolan seemed to be given almost free reign to tell whatever story he wanted, which was in retrospect a massive acknowledgment on Warner Brothers part how well he did the first film. But i can see Marvel being a lot more direct in how each of their films are handled. Could prove to be an issue for oe of the directors in the future...

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    • Murphy0806

      Aug 8th 2012, 13:38

      Top news. A live action TV series too. Can't wait.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 8th 2012, 17:44

      To battle The Avengers would be to court death !!!!! I can't wait to see Whedon bring Thanos to the screen.

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