I’m sure you’ve heard the news about The Avengers 2… That Joss Whedon signed on to direct and it will be due out in theaters on May 1st, 2015. And that he will be overseeing the Marvel TV series that takes place in the universe of the Avengers, but not include those heroes specifically. I’m sure he’ll do awesome with that and that’s great news on multiple fronts. But there might be other news, that for me, is pretty exciting.
Just after those announcements were made was the news that Whedon signed a three-year contract deal with Marvel. The contract is for Whedon to “contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.“ Many are conjecturing that this means that Joss will be involved with overseeing details for the upcoming Marvel projects like Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and the like. And that kind of conjecture is pretty juicy hopes!
New fans saw what Whedon is capable of with story telling and group dynamics in the Avengers. His long time fans have seen his handiwork in Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, Angel, Firefly and the followup movie, Serenity. (I completely recommend Serenity. It can stand alone from the series.)
But if you ponder if he can tackle the idea of overseeing the Marvel universe…
For those who don’t know, Joss Whedon has been involved with the Marvel comic universe prior to being tapped by Disney/Marvel for directing The Avengers. He’s authored/produced quite a few comic titles, but under the Marvel banner, he’s got a few titles under his belt. Check this out:
He wrote one of Marvel’s best selling titles, Astonishing X-Men and was nominated for several Eisner awards from that work:
- Best Serialized Story,
- Best Continuing Series,
- Best New Series and
- Best Writer.
It won the Best Continuing Series award in 2006.
An idea that he presented in that title, a cure for mutations, was used as a story element in the X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand.
Whedon also wrote the popular Marvel title Runaways. and shorts for Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man and Giant-Size X-Men #3 and contributed to Marvel Comics’ Civil War crossover event. There are a few other points, but I think you get the point.
Whedon can engage any fan in most any story he creates, in whatever medium he engages. And Marvel/Disney have taken the next big step that no other studio has, and that’s put their faith in his ability to spin a great story while connecting deeply with the fans. I would also like to think that this kind of confidence from a studio, will go a long with with longtime fans of Joss Whedon.