When you do a big budget movie like The Avengers that’s preloaded with hype and high expectations it can get damned tiring. It’s stressful and it takes a lot out of you. That’s what happened to Joss Whedon with The Avengers.
Then when it’s a success everyone in the world will call on you to do the sequel. There are a couple problems with that though. Do you want to do another one or do you want to try something else? On top of that, how will you deal with the expectations for the sequels? Do you even have a story you want to tell (the important part)?
Whedon sat down with the Los Angeles Times and told them this about his thoughts on assembling one more time:
“You know, I’m very torn. It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”
There’s two ways to read this. One, he has a bunch of ideas for OTHER movies. Or two, he has a bunch of cool ideas for The Avengers 2. I’m leaning towards the latter just because he seems to be contrasting it with how much work it is to tell the story of The Avengers.
Either way, all he has to do is look at Christopher Nolan to see how it’s done. Nolan was able to make a movie he wanted to make after both Batman Begins (The Prestige) and The Dark Knight (Inception). Whedon could easily make a movie before he has to gear up for The Avengers in mid 2014 (assuming The Avengers hits in summer 2015).
Those comments did come right before the film opened however, so who knows what Whedon is thinking at this moment. Let’s not forget that the dude has to rest and recharge too. [LA Times]