Director Joss Whedon has insisted that agreeing to make The Avengers 2 was a “spectacularly easy” decision.
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”, but in an interview with Craveonline, he said he was “very excited” about helming the sequel.
He said: “Avengers 2, it wasn’t a tough decision. For a long time I thought, ‘Well, it’s just not going to happen’, [but] when I actually started to consider it, it became so clear that I desperately wanted to say more about these characters.
“It would’ve been an easy no and it was a spectacularly easy yes,” he added. “There was no wrestling. Either scenario was delightful. It was a win-win, but I’m very excited about it.”
Earlier this week, Whedon hinted that the second film could be darker than its predecessor, stating: “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.”