It's not exactly going out on a limb to say Joss Whedon's The Avengers was the best ensemble cast super hero film ever. Marvel's equivalent of the Dream Team tore the roof off this summer movie season, as Whedon was able to jam pack interesting and exciting story lines for Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury into one gigantic blockbuster.
Now Marvel Studios has handsomely rewarded Whedon for his efforts with a three year contract, and as expected handed him the keys for The Avengers 2. They will also look for his input on all projects Marvel, including The Avengers TV series over at ABC. Bringing him back was an obvious no brainer along with giving him creative access to other hero films.
Reports indicate that it's doubtful Whedon will participate much, if at all on Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World, though he is expected to contribute to a pair of 2014 Marvel projects, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. I wonder if he'll be sought after to lend a hand to Edgar Wright's Ant-Man as well? Either way, life must be pretty damn sweet for Whedon at the moment. His follow up film, Much Ado About Nothing, starring Whedon favorite Nathan Fillion is set to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month too.
This well-deserved three year pact will keep Whedon and Marvel in cahoots until 2015 around the same time The Avengers 2 will crash land in theaters and break even more box-office records.
I love seeing a filmmakers receive accolades and bigger pay days for their outstanding work. GTBP loves Joss!