Joss Whedon strikes it rich, signs three year contract with Marvel Studios

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Movies

When you’re good, you’re good.  Disney and Marvel Studios announced today that the company and The Avengers director Joss Whedon have signed a three year contract to continue directing Marvel films.

This new deal for Whedon, who is crazy popular with fans worldwide, will guarantee that he directs The Avengers 2 (as if there was any other possibility).  Whedon is a fantastic visionary director who has a flair for bringing together giant ensembles and telling a complete, cohesive narrative.  It’s something that comes naturally and not every director can do it; two directors that come to mind are Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan.   You can now think of Whedon as the “godfather” of the Marvel universe.  This three year deal will allow him to write, produce, and direct the sequel to the biggest movie of all time and it was also announced that Whedon would also be developing a “live action” television show set in the Marvel universe told with Marvel characters.

Can you say amazing?

The latter was announced earlier today by Disney CEO Bob Iger and first reported by Deadline.  Given Whedon’s past with television shows; Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel – it’s pretty easy to think that Whedon will knock this project out of the park.  There was no indication on a timetable for when we might see this television show but my guess is that it would revolve around the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency and introduce minor Marvel characters that have small ties to the actual Avengers.  I would also guess that Whedon’s involvement with this TV show means that this will happen before The Avengers 2 and will set up some events in the sequel.  It’s a very easy and clever way to get some plot points involving lesser known characters out of the way before writing begins on the sequel.

By locking up Whedon now instead of waiting until a year or so before production on The Avengers 2 begins, Marvel could use the director to lend his creativity and vision to future Marvel Studios films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Marvel continues to impress me with their overall vision for the Marvel universe.  It’s almost like Marvel has become the Disney of superhero films (yes, I know Disney owns Marvel).  I’m talking simply the dominance Disney held over the animated film genre for decades before any other company even attempted to make a animated film.

I’ll keep you posted on further updates.
Via Cinemablend


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