Joss Whedon 'very excited' about 'The Avengers 2' villain
But the director insists he won't let the bad guy steal the show
Written and directed by Whedon, last year's The Avengers became the third most successful film of all-time at the box office, grossing over $1.51 billion (£980 million) worldwide. Marvel has slated The Avengers 2 for release on May 1, 2015 and Whedon recently insisted his sequel is "in really good shape".
He's yet to reveal the identity of the film's villain, but online rumours suggest it could be Thanos, a character often referred to as the "Mad Titan" who recently made a comeback in Marvel's Avengers Assembles comic book series.
During an exclusive new interview with Empire, Whedon reassured fans that his sequel won't become "all about the villain" - a trap that superhero sequels often fall into.
"Yes, that always makes me cranky," he said. "I'm very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I've never been very good at is guest stars, because I've always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I'm still most fascinated by them."
Whedon also admitted he won't try to top the memorably one-sided fight scene between Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Tom Hiddleston's Loki that became a highlight of The Avengers.
"I know I will never make a moment as pleasing in a film as Hulk and Loki," he said. "You can't chase that dragon. If you try to do exactly the same thing, the chances you're going to do it better are very slim, and the only reason for me to devote three years to making another Avengers movie is the hope of making a better one."