In case anyone was worried that Disney and Marvel wouldn’t make a sequel to the film with the highest opening weekend gross of all-time (by far, I might add), Disney CEO Bob Iger is here to alleviate your concerns. Per Deadline, Iger announced that the studio is developing a sequel to The Avengers, adding that the film’s success “is a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much.” Anyone who sat through the film’s credits should have a good idea of where The Avengers 2 could go villain-wise, but I think the key to a follow-up will be the return of Joss Whedon as writer/director. He is the reason The Avengers is a good film as opposed to simply an expensive film, and his recipe of humor, character development, and pure entertainment made for one of the most enjoyable moviegoing experiences in a long time. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: It appears Iger’s quote was taken out of context, and he actually said that there will “hopefully” be another Avengers. Nevertheless, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point. More after the jump.]
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already talked extensively about building towards The Avengers 2, and during an interview with Steve he mentioned that they have an option to bring Whedon back as director for The Avengers 2. Steve asked Whedon himself if he would consider returning for the sequel, and he confirmed that Marvel does have an option. I sincerely hope that everyone at Disney and Marvel understands how integral Whedon was to the success of this film, and I’m crossing my fingers that he comes onboard to develop The Avengers 2 from the ground-up.
You can catch up on all of the development towards The Avengers 2 right here, and be sure to check out the latest episode of our podcast The Collision in which we talk about all-thing Avengers and where things might go for the sequel. Also, if you missed it, check out Matt’s rundown of which Avengers rumors turned out to be true and which ones were way, way off.
“From The Avengers we get a chance to make Thor 2 and Captain America 2 and Iron Man 3 and hopefully another Avengers movie.”
So in essence, Disney hasn’t officially announced the commencement of development on The Avengers 2, but it’s still going to happen. There’s still an untitled Marvel movie slated for release in 2014, so hopefully at this year’s Comic-Con the studio will announce that property and possibly confirmation of (or a release date for) The Avengers 2.]