Joss Whedon Reveals Status of ‘Avengers 2′ … and Resurrection of Agent Coulson
Joss Whedon tells Yahoo! Movies he has finished the first draft of 'The Avengers' sequel. (Photo: Getty Images/Marvel Studios)
But Yahoo! Movies couldn't resist the opportunity to talk with "Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon about the progress of the sequel. And the biggest news for fans: Whedon confirmed he has completed his first pass on the screenplay for "The Avengers 2," due in 2015.
4/25 update: Comic book and movie blogs are speculating over Whedon's remarks, saying he may have given away the identities of two new characters coming to the "Avengers" sequel. (See it below at 2:10-in.) Whedon called out a "brother-sister act" as he discussed the script, leading some to peg Avengers team members Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as the most likely candidates.
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"I have actually finished a draft, we're in a very good place," Whedon said. "It's an evolution, and that goes on all through shooting and it never stops. I've done enough shows and movies to be comfortable with that. You do come to a point where we all agree … You lock certain things in. But then there's a certain fluidity when you're working with Robert [Downey Jr.]. Robert's going to want to do something new on the day, and you're going to want him to, because it’s going to be funny. So you always keep yourself open."
Asked if he was aiming to top "The Avengers," Whedon demurred. "I try not to think of it as topping 'The Avengers,' I try to think of this as its own movie," Whedon said.
"And by the way, ["Iron Man 3" director] Shane [Black] not helping! 'Iron Man 3' not helping! I see this and said, 'Aw, man, he really got it right!' The pressure continues!"
When asked if Tony Stark would be getting some of his attitude back after getting knocked down a peg emotionally in "The Avengers," Whedon said that we can expect plenty of swagger from Stark. "When Tony sees another superhero, he increases his swagger," Whedon said. "Tony, he sees Thor, and he says, 'Yeah, I got a suit of muscles that big. I INVENTED it! Oh, you can pick up a hammer? You're SO special!' He sees it as a challenge! He loves it."