Director suggests his second Marvel blockbuster could be darker than the first

Joss Whedon has revealed that he intends to “twist the knife” as he plots The Avengers 2.

Buffy creator Whedon wrote and directed this year’s The Avengers, which united Marvel’s Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk on the big screen for the first time. Released in May (2012), it has become the third biggest movie ever, grossing over $1.5 billion (£930 million) worldwide.

Whedon was initially hesitant about helming a sequel, calling the first film “an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story”. However, his return was confirmed last month (August 8) when he signed an exclusive deal with Marvel which also involves developing a spin-off TV series. The Avengers 2 is already scheduled for release on May 1 2015.

In a new interview with 24 Hours, Whedon has suggested that the second film could be a darker film than the first. Explaining how the sequel will continue the Avengers story, he said: “The creation of the team is not the happy ending. It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me.”

Speaking at the end of last month (August 31), Whedon admitted that The Avengers is “not a perfect movie”, but insisted that he was pleased with the movie overall. He explained ” I think it’s a great time, and I’m proud of it, but for me, what was exciting is that people don’t go to see a movie that many times unless it’s pulling on something from within, unless there’s a need there. That’s very gratifying.”