Is Joss Whedon Up For An ‘Avengers’ Sequel?

Director calls first film 'an extraordinary experience' — but he also tells MTV News he needs to rest for '17 years in a cave.'
By Kara Warner

Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in "The Avengers"
Photo: Marvel Studios

Now that "Marvel's The Avengers" has taken in oodles and oodles of cash during its opening weekend here in the U.S., it's time to talk about the sequel, of course!

There will likely need to be some serious discussions about scheduling, but given the fact that Marvel already has plans for a slew of other superhero-related sequels like "Iron Man 3", "Captain America 2" and "Thor 2," another "Avengers" can't be too far away, can it?

MTV News put the question to the first film's mastermind, Joss Whedon, by asking for his thoughts on returning to helm a second chapter of the film. Whedon provided some insightful commentary about his experience, along with some artful dodgery.

"You know, it was an extraordinary experience," Whedon said. "The actors gave me so much, Marvel gave me so much trust. And [when] I said, 'Well, if I was going to do this [movie], I'd like to do this,' that's the movie I made," he explained of his satisfaction with the creative freedom he was afforded with the film. "And they only ever moved it forward and collaborated and supported me. And I gotta tell you, that's unusual from a studio."

So we'll take that positive and diplomatic response as "I will have to think about it"? Similarly, when we ran into Whedon at the film's world premiere in Los Angeles, we tried to get more specific and asked him how many days of vacation he'd need before he'd be able to think about a sequel.

"Seventeen years in a tiny cave," Whedon said with a smile. "In Tibet."

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