A Variety reporter just tweeted that Joss Whedon will write and direct The Avengers 2. That is super awesome news. That means that whatever vision Whedon had in mind when creating the first movie will now have a chance to survive into The Avengers sequel.
The other bit of news that the reporter tweeted is that he will also be developing a Marvel TV series for ABC.
The presumption of that news is that this TV show will be the one that takes place in the world of The Avengers but does not include them in the show.
And like I said back in mid-July, superhero TV series can be a hard sell, but if done right, can last 10 years! And Whedon has the experience to pull it together if you count Buffy, Angel & Firefly. (Well, Firefly was swatted by Fox for some banshee brained reason, but it was an excellent show that never was given a chance.)
What an awesome bit of opportunity for Joss. [io9]