Did Drew Pearce Reveal Joss Whedon as the Director of THE AVENGERS 3? [Updated: No]

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We’re still well over a year away from the second superhero team-up in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering about The Avengers 3.  Before we get to worrying about who will star in it and which heroes will square off against which villains, we need to know just who will be writing and directing the damn thing.  If a comment from screenwriter Drew Pearce during a recent interview is to be believed, Whedon might already be set to return for the third installment, possibly as both a writer and director.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Pearce has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying "Duh, I have NO IDEA whether Joss is actually coming back for Avengers 3." So, while likely, it's still not confirmed that Whedon will be directing the third Avengers film.]

the-avengers-3-joss-whedonDuring an interview with Movies.com in which he discusses Marvel’s creative process and the Easter Eggs hidden in his Iron Man 3 short, All Hail the King, Pearce casually mentions that Whedon is on board for Avengers 2 (which we know) and Avengers 3 (which we’ve only speculated about).  Here’s the quote:

Movies.com: Will we see some aftermath of this short at some point, either in the cinematic universe or Netflix or any of the other crazy things Marvel is cooking up?

Pearce: Honestly, it’s a question above my pay grade. One of the things when you’re a writer or director in the Marvel universe is you come in, you leave some tasty morsels dangling at the end, and maybe you’re the one who comes in and picks them up again next time, or maybe it’s someone else, or maybe they just hang there awhile and that’s fine too. Despite any cliffhanger-ness to the short, I also don’t feel like it’s unsatisfying. That’s all you can really hope to do. 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.

It may be an off-hand comment with no real meaning behind it, or it might be a slip of the tongue that reveals a truth.  Hard to tell until we get an official word one way or the other.  It would certainly make sense to keep Whedon in house, if only for story consistency.  The Avengers: Age of Ultron might already be too big to fail, so keeping Whedon involved is about as low a risk as you can take.  Let us know what you think about this possible turn of events in the comments, and be sure to check out the full interview with Pearce.

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  • SorryNotSorry

    I had just assumed.

  • ShpotSb

    I beg the movie gods, let it be true!

  • Strong Enough

    OMG! WHAT???!!!!! I WOULD HAVE NEVER FIGURED! !!!!

    and Drew pierce is sure riding this IM3 wave until it dies down isn’t he lmao

    • Liderc

      If by wave you mean a wave of shit. Iron Man 3 might be the worst Marvel movie to date.

      • The Flobbit

        The Incredible Hulk has something to say to that…

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        And the first Thor.

      • Random Bystander

        Sorry, I couldn’t hear either of them over Iron Man 2.

      • Brian

        Surely you meant the second.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Could very well be. I haven’t seen it.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Could very well be. I haven’t seen it.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Could very well be. I haven’t seen it.

      • Brian

        Surely you meant the second.

      • Brian

        Surely you meant the second.

      • Strong Enough

        lol.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Wait, so all of a sudden everyone forgives Iron Man 2?

      • Liderc

        I’d watch Iron Man 2 10x for every 1 time I’m forced to watch IM3. It was utter bullsh*t

      • The Flobbit

        And I’d watch Iron Man 3 10x for every time you forced me to watch The Incredible Hulk.

      • The Flobbit

        And I’d watch Iron Man 3 10x for every time you forced me to watch The Incredible Hulk.

      • GrimReaper07

        Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Thor 2 all worse than Iron Man 3. None of them are terrible by any means, but neither is Iron Man 3. Fanboys are just angry that the movie isn’t faithful to the comics, which is a laughable criticism if you ask me. Also, people tend to treat Marvel movies as if they were fantastic. They’re decent stupid entertainment, don’t treat them as the amazing movies they’re not.

      • GrimReaper07

        Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Thor 2 all worse than Iron Man 3. None of them are terrible by any means, but neither is Iron Man 3. Fanboys are just angry that the movie isn’t faithful to the comics, which is a laughable criticism if you ask me. Also, people tend to treat Marvel movies as if they were fantastic. They’re decent stupid entertainment, don’t treat them as the amazing movies they’re not.

  • TigerFIST

    Thought it was a given he’s coming back…He was hired to be a consultant right…

    • Oliver Queen

      Yeah but a consultant to Marvel’s Phase 2 movies. His deal expires in July 2015 after he’s finished with the promoting of Avengers 2. So he’s gonna need a new deal for whatever follows and that isn’t set in stone yet… unfortunately.

    • Oliver Queen

      Yeah but a consultant to Marvel’s Phase 2 movies. His deal expires in July 2015 after he’s finished with the promoting of Avengers 2. So he’s gonna need a new deal for whatever follows and that isn’t set in stone yet… unfortunately.

      • TigerFIST

        you’re right. I do feel the films are getting better. I enjoyed Thor 2 but will had issues. He only helped that film with writing. I feel he helped A LOT with CAP 2 and GOTG so with his film after that I think everything will be much tighter story to bring him back for years to come… We’ll see though…

  • The Flobbit

    Considering that Avengers 3 will come out 5 years from now…does it even matter?

    • Steven

      It really doesn’t but if anyone related to these films does so much as fart it gets reported.

      • Random Bystander

        Wait. Who farted? Is there an article on it yet? Or 12?

      • Random Bystander

        Wait. Who farted? Is there an article on it yet? Or 12?

  • Leo Spaceman

    It would be cool if Marvel doubled down on Avengers 3 and had it be a two part movie with the first part setting the stage and ending of a semi conclusion with a huge cliff hanger that builds up to the second part which has all the back story done and created and ready to just jump into things.

    And rather than have the second part release a year later like they normally do, Marvel should show every other studio just how massive their balls are and release the two movies one week after the other. If they took the first and second weekend of May, movie goers will be hungry for a blockbuster and go for the first one, and then have to go to the second one. Ya some people would say they are really milking the cash out of the public, but Marvel could say that they can understand that they have a 5 hour story and they understand that the customers don’t want a 5 hour movie nor a one year wait, so they are giving this to them one after the other.

    The hype around it would be even greater, and even if they don’t break the box office records, they still are releasing two movies for the cost of one, maybe one and a half. And lets face it, at this point the audience has already decided that whatever Marvel puts out in theaters, they are going to go see.

    Or they could do a 3 part story, one in the first week of May, one in the first week of June, and one in July. Either way, they would be the talk of the summer and for good or bad, people would go see it. And it would probably mean that there would be repeat business for the already released parts of the movie each time a new part comes out. Just imagine how much they could do with a 7 hours of marvel characters.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Also, DC would s**t them selves to try and keep up.

      • Random Bystander

        Now, I want that to happen just to see DC’s reaction.

    • rivertreeradar

      this is a really good idea

    • The Flobbit

      That sounds like an absolutely terrible idea. Movies are movies, not TV shows, and people don’t want to pay 14 bucks each time to watch two halves of ONE film. There would be public outrage in the streets.

      • Fo Real

        You don’t know the public that well . They’ll eat stuff up like this . It would be a hit .

      • Fo Real

        You don’t know the public that well . They’ll eat stuff up like this . It would be a hit .

      • Fo Real

        You don’t know the public that well . They’ll eat stuff up like this . It would be a hit .

      • Tommy Huebner

        I beg to differ says The Hobbit, The Mockingjay, and Breaking Dawn books which were turned into 2 or 3 movies although they are all in one book.

      • The Flobbit

        Clearly you don’t know what you’re talking about. This guy is talking about releasing one film in two parts a few weeks apart. The Hobbit, Mockingjay, and Deathly Hallows were all split because there was enough material to make two good films…and then they are released a YEAR apart.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I know exactly what I am talking about. I am talking about Marvel having the balls of Zeus and taking over the summer for them selves. We like to Binge Watch, we don’t like to wait years to resolve a story. If you see one, you will see other. Admittedly, towards the end of my comments, I came up with the idea of releasing one a month for each month of the summer which personally I think would work a lot better than one week after the next.

      • The Flobbit

        Releasing two expensive movies that close together would steal money from each other. People would either watch one and pirate the other, or just go in for the conclusion, after reading on Wikipedia what happened in Part 1.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I know exactly what I am talking about. I am talking about Marvel having the balls of Zeus and taking over the summer for them selves. We like to Binge Watch, we don’t like to wait years to resolve a story. If you see one, you will see other. Admittedly, towards the end of my comments, I came up with the idea of releasing one a month for each month of the summer which personally I think would work a lot better than one week after the next.

    • GrimReaper07

      No one will watch a 5 hour superhero movie. Not even if it was a Batman film.

      • The Flobbit

        If Chris Nolan and Chris Bale got together and Heath was still alive…I would watch an EIGHT hour Batman film.

      • The Flobbit

        If Chris Nolan and Chris Bale got together and Heath was still alive…I would watch an EIGHT hour Batman film.

      • Leo Spaceman

        But you wouldn’t watch a 3 part movie event of the summer featuring Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcoln, War Machine, Ant Man, Dr. Strange, Some Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nick Fury all team up to stop Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet as directed by Joss Whedon, the King of the Nerds?

      • GrimReaper07

        Hell no. I’ve no doubt in my mind that the story would be a convoluted mess.

      • GrimReaper07

        Hell no. I’ve no doubt in my mind that the story would be a convoluted mess.

      • The Flobbit

        Absolutely not. ESPECIALLY if it was directed by that overrated Nerd God Joss Whedon. If you brought in Jon Favreau, maybe.

    • anthonyg1500

      Having two Marvel movies out one week after the other would take money away from both of them

    • Beefdong

      ” Marvel should show every other studio just how massive their balls are and release the two movies one week after the other.”

      Hahahaha. I loved that. But yea, I was kinda thinking along the same lines as you. Having the infinity gauntlet with all power stones in it for just 2 hours seems too short. When Thanos gets that gauntlet (and he will) he’s going to need enough screentime to really mess up the world for it to be as epic as it needs to be. I’m thinking it will be at least a three hour movie.

      Another reason I think they might split it in two is because of what Twilight and Hunger games are doing with the last of their books. They do a part one and part two.

      I’m not a movie production expert, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s cheaper to shoot films back to back. If that’s true, then they would be getting a better return on investment for the time and money they’ve put into making it.

    • Beefdong

      ” Marvel should show every other studio just how massive their balls are and release the two movies one week after the other.”

      Hahahaha. I loved that. But yea, I was kinda thinking along the same lines as you. Having the infinity gauntlet with all power stones in it for just 2 hours seems too short. When Thanos gets that gauntlet (and he will) he’s going to need enough screentime to really mess up the world for it to be as epic as it needs to be. I’m thinking it will be at least a three hour movie.

      Another reason I think they might split it in two is because of what Twilight and Hunger games are doing with the last of their books. They do a part one and part two.

      I’m not a movie production expert, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s cheaper to shoot films back to back. If that’s true, then they would be getting a better return on investment for the time and money they’ve put into making it.

  • Tom

    Sounds like he just assumed Marvel would bring Joss back which isn’t exactly a huge surprise.

  • aceshigh

    Well, who else would measure up? Not exactly a shocking development.

  • Jeff Forehand

    This is far from “He’s directing the 3rd film.” He’s working on 2 and 3, but Avengers 3 is so far out from now, it’s mostly just story ideas at this point. He might not direct it, but could be a producer on it.

  • Mezmero

    Odds are he has a choice to make Avengers 3 or bring a new character to the big screen. He has made a huge impact on comic book films he only needs to write and executive produce. He won’t just give it to the next guy when he’s not even done with the sequel.

    And people a spoiled as shit sometimes SMFH! Iron Man started this whole universe. The third installment was a throwback to the first movie he was outnumbered out gunned and had to make a plan from scratch. I think people wanted a movie filled with Easter Eggs instead of watching the movie. It was a solid story with great action. Black and Pearce as director and writer made it a good film. IM:2 was said to be the worst but now people are dick riding it lmao! Make up your fuckin mind already or just download it. And Superman vs Batman is happening no matter what you say because your word means nothing to masses that liked Man Of Steel. The weak ass nerds who are mad he snapped a killers neck can’t do shit LMMFAO LMMFAO! EVEN IF YOU PLOT TO KILL YOURSELF THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

    • TToughnuts

      Sorry bud, I disagree with you. Iron Man 3 had a CGI guy breathing fire…that is lame no matter how you slice it.

    • TToughnuts

      Sorry bud, I disagree with you. Iron Man 3 had a CGI guy breathing fire…that is lame no matter how you slice it.

    • TToughnuts

      Sorry bud, I disagree with you. Iron Man 3 had a CGI guy breathing fire…that is lame no matter how you slice it.

  • Bob

    I was really hoping this would happen, like Nolan, he needs to have his own trilogy and leave his mark on cinema history. .

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  • mattinacan

    hopefully they don’t bring Drew back for anything

  • mattinacan

    hopefully they don’t bring Drew back for anything

  • mattinacan

    hopefully they don’t bring Drew back for anything

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    It’s not that hard to believe he will most likely direct it…

  • GrimReaper07

    I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED I say!

  • GrimReaper07

    I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED I say!

  • GrimReaper07

    I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED I say!

  • alk

    why even talk about Avengers 3? Wait and see if ‘age of ultron’ can even top the first avengers, and if it doesn’t, then there won’t be an avengers 3, or at least Joss Whedon will have less reason to return in director’s chair. god knows what his big ego is demanding these days. easy

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