Joss Whedon has provided an update to The Avengers 2, revealing that he already knew the plot before he had shot the original, whilst confirming that the film will start shooting in the early months of 2014.
“We should start shooting I think in February,” stated Whedon. “I didn’t think I was gonna do the second one, but I had an idea for it before I had figured out the first one. You go into a movie not assuming that there’s going to be [another one]. I’ve seen plenty of movies that were the first part of the trilogy that never happened and it’s terrible.”
Whedon went on to add, “You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, though, I did sort of know, ‘Well if they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen … it’s going to be awful’.”
The filmmaker has recently been given the role as a creative consultant for Marvel, helping to mould the second phase of their cinematic onslaught. Whedon has stated that he believes that the next Marvel films will more than live up to the first.
“I’m really excited because I’ve gotten to look at everything and see behind the curtain on all the stuff, and Kevin Feige has a really clear vision and runs through all these movies,” says Whedon. “They’re all very different, but they really are what the next story should be.”
Last month Whedon stated that JJ Abrams was the perfect choice to be the director of Star Wars. Originally, Whedon joked about missing the opportunity, “I’m as angry as you should be!” But he then added, “When I heard [about Star Wars] I was like, ‘I wonder …. no, I really can’t do that. Oh, I already have a job.’ I wouldn’t clear the Avengers. I’m having so much fun with that sequel right now, just with the script, that I couldn’t imagine not doing it.”
The Avengers 2 will be released in the summer of 2015.