When initially offered Avengers 2, it wasn’t always certain Joss Whedon would be directing the sequel. Coming so soon off the success of the first film, Whedon wasn’t all too sure he would want to do another, much less pull it off.
Luckily, the man sat down and thought long and hard about it. The Buffy-creator was out doing press for his new film Much Ado About Nothing and revealed how he came to signing on for the superhero film and why he was reluctant to take on the movie at first.
Hit the jump to readjust what convinced him and how he came to it.
While speaking to Steve Ramos of Co.Create, Whedon revealed the thought process behind the decision, and was frank enough to say the consideration was of course partly due to money:
There’s a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen–I was like ‘I’m never going to do this again.’ But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say?
Once the monetary aspect was out-of-the-way, Whedon figured out exactly what he wanted to say, and was aided by a pint of lager:
I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish & chips & a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say & 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent & said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe & the characters & the way they were played & I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film & that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I’m entering now.
Joss Whedon is an embarrassment of creativity and the Marvel universe is better because of him. He cares about his characters and you can see it in his films. I can’t wait to see how he will follow up on The Avengers.