Joss Whedon has got a lot on his plate with juggling two big projects at once. He's working on developing a sequel to The Avengers as well as a TV series based on the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. In a recent interview with EW it was revealed that he's currently directing the pilot episode for S.H.I.E.L.D.! I'm really happy he found time to do that, I wasn't sure if he would be able to because of how busy he is. He also recently turned in a story treatment for The Avengers 2. The filmmaker goes on to talk about how he juggles the two projects,
"One of the great things about having worked for so damn long is that there are so many people that I truly trust.” He says he will work on the ongoing series “as my schedule allows,” helping the team brainstorm stories in addition to the usual exec producer/overseer stuff of reviewing and approving cuts of episodes. ”I have to maintain a fine balance between not hurting The Avengers, which is my number one priority right now, and not be the guy who shows up once a month and undoes everything that’s been done by everyone else.” Sometimes, that can happen unintentionally, by dint of Joss being Joss. He elaborates by telling a story from the show that made him a pop culture heavyweight. ”Back when I was doing Buffy, I made a joke once. I said, ‘We’re going to do leprechauns! It’s going to be the best episode ever!’ And Marti Noxon, who just started as a staff writer, came back three days later and said, ‘I spent three days doing research on leprechauns.’ And I was like: What the f— are you talking about?"
That's awesome. Whedon has done some amazing things in his career, and now that people know what he's really capable of, I'm excited for the projects he'll take on in the future. I have no doubt that The Avengers 2 and S.H.I.E.L.D. are going to turn out amazing, and I'd like to think that they'll exceed our already high expectations. He's also still planning on doing Doctor Horrible 2 at some point next year saying, "We really want to shoot it next year. We feel strong about the idea and we have a bunch of stuff written."
We'll most likely get to see the first episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall, and The Avengers 2 is set for release on May 1st, 2015.