The first Avengers film doesn't come out until May 4th, but Joss Whedon is already thinking and talking about where he would like to see a sequel go. We know that we will see an Avengers 2 happen, as the first film is guaranteed to be a huge success. Whedon had some very interesting things to say about his vision for the sequel saying, The Avengers needs to be "smaller" and "more personal."
That in itself is an interesting statement because usually a sequel to a movie of this magnitude would end up being even bigger than the first. Of course, as we've seen with big tentpole sequels in the past, that has proved to be not very effective because there are things lost when you go bigger. When asked about how he would top The Avengers he said,
By not trying to. By being 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.
Is it just me, or is Whedon the filmmaker and director we all hoped he would be? I love where his head is. The guy knows what he's doing. He goes on to use The Godfather II as a joking example, "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."
Whedon went on to discuss giving each character enough screen time so that audiences will see what makes them so awesome,
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.
You gotta love Whedon. He's saying everything we want to hear, and the awesome thing is that he'll follow through with what he says. He knows exactly what he wants to do, and I wonder if he's already written an outline or story treatment for the sequel. Let's hope Marvel and Disney decide to bring him back to make it happen.
What do you think about what Whedon had to say?