It’s hard to imagine any universe where “The Avengers” won’t be a huge hit, so there never was any doubt that there would be a sequel. Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed “The Avengers,” was asked by SFX (via Digital Spy) about his ideas for that inevitable sequel. When asked how it could top the pre-ordained blockbuster coming out on May 4th, he had this response:
By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful.
By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”
He also joked that they could do a “Godfather II” like thing where they mix in flashbacks to younger selves. Or maybe not joked–some studio exec is already thinking, “Hey, is there anyway we could prep this so we could have some cheaper unknowns take over the roles…?”
Speaking of the current film, Whedon said that he tried to give all the characters enough time to see “what makes them awesome”:
“I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” he explained. “I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”
I’m usually not a fan of overwritten speeches, but I guess he knows what he’s doing, so I won’t worry too much. I think.
“The Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson.