He’s also back to work prepping for Avengers 2, despite admitting multiple times that the pace of the first Avengers movie almost killed him.
Why jump back into the fire understanding one can only cheat death so many times? Well, it goes back to storytelling.
“There’s a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen—I was like ‘I’m never going to do this again.’ But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish and chips and a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say and 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent and said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe and the characters and they way they were played and I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film and that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I’m entering now.”
I really enjoyed reading all of this article and I think you should to. But most relevant of course is the snippet I pulled out here. And it’s why I think Avengers 2 is going to be a great film. It’s really the same reason why Avengers was a great film. Whedon doesn’t say, “let’s make a film, I need to find an idea,” instead Whedon says, “I have a story to tell, I should make a film.” That distinction makes a huge difference. If you need to find a story to tell to make a film, you’re doing it backwards. Whedon decided to do a second Avengers film because he has a story to tell. Mark my words my friends, this is going to be a great film!