In the least surprising news of the day, Joss Whedon has just been confirmed as the writer and director of The Avengers 2. It was always said that Whedon had the open door to come back if he so chooses, and now we know he did indeed choose to do so.
The Avengers 2 will be the culmination of Marvel’s ‘phase 2’ which is the series of Marvel Studios films that are coming after the grand epic that was The Avengers. Each ‘phase’ sort of works like major comic book events, with lead ups in various solo titles/films and eventually one grand event book/movie.
The news of Whedon signing on to the second Avengers movie was not a shock, but today’s news isn’t entirely without a surprise. Whedon is also signed on to develop a Marvel themed TV show for ABC. That is right. a Whedon created Marvel themed TV show coming to prime-time broadcast television!
Obviously this comes with no further information as of yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do some rampant speculation. This new series is likely to exist in the Marvel cinematic universe if they are bringing in Whedon to create it, which begs the question of who the series will be about. Chances are slim the show will be about The Avengers but what about another Marvel super team that has been rumored from time to time for their own film, The Thunderbolts.
The Thunderbolts are a team that came in a filled a void when The Avengers had been seemingly killed and were made up of villains who want to gain public trust under different personas. The book was one of the best to come out of Marvel in the late ’90s, and the set up seems like it could fit in naturally with the Marvel cinematic universe. Plus who wouldn’t want to see a Joss Whedon show about super villains pretending to be super heroes.
Of course, again, this is just crazy speculation, we probably won’t know details about the Marvel themed show for quite some time.
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