Cult hero says any follow-up should be on smaller scale

Joss Whedon has said that any sequel to The Avengers should work on a smaller scale.

The Buffy creator directed the all-star superhero ensemble movie, which will be named Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK. The film unites Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hulk.

But speaking to SFX Whedon said that that any sequel should not try to top the first film. “[It should be] smaller. More personal. More painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

Whedon then joked that the sequel could take a lead from The Godfather II “by having flashbacks to young Michael Andolini escaping Sicily to come to New York, where he will be called Corleone. Sequels are always better when that happens.”

He added that in making Avengers Assemble he strived to give each character enough screen time to see “what makes them awesome”. He said: “I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”

Marvel Avengers Assemble is released in the UK next month. You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.