Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige said Joss Whedon’s involvement in The Avengers 3 is “still being determined.”
To say Joss Whedon has a lot on his plate would be an understatement. Not only is he set to write and direct The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he will also be overseeing all of Marvel’s Phase Two movies leading up to the sequel. The first, Iron Man 3, was released in May, and three more are scheduled leading up to Age of Ultron‘s May 1, 2015 release: Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to Screen Rant, Whedon is also laying the groundwork for Phase Three, which kicks off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in 2015. But as far as his involvement in the third Avengers film, that’s still being worked out, Feige said at a press junket for Thor: The Dark World.
“It’s still being determined,” Feige said. “All of his efforts right now are in what he’s doing for us primarily, obviously, writing and prepping Age of Ultron but also in reading the drafts of the films in phase 2, watching early cuts and a) to inform him where the characters are going to end up in the beginning of Age of Ultron and also to get his input and his wisdom into all of these. But right now it’s all about leading up to Age of Ultron.”
Last August, Marvel announced that Joss Whedon had signed an exclusive deal with the studio for film and television through the end of June 2015. Ant-Man is scheduled for a July 31 release that year.
Whedon, who said the first Avengers film had a “haphazardness in the way it comes together,” will be taking a different approach with Age of Ultron.
“I want to be clearer about how I engage the audience, and where I take them. I want more control visually, more time to prep it,” he said. “Not that I didn’t dictate every shot—I did. But there’s only so much you can do when you’re making a summer film when the ball is already rolling as fast as it was when I got in. Why do it again if you can’t do it better?”