It seems like Joss Whedon will be the thread that ties the Marvel Cinematic Universe together. “The Avengers” director has officially been brought back to write and direct “The Avengers 2” as well as work on an untitled Marvel universe TV show for ABC, but it turns out his role will be greater than we had initially realized.
Marvel has released an official statement about Whedon’s involvement to HitFix that explains that the writer/director will have a larger hand in the overall Marvel universe, though he may not be as involved in the TV show as we’d initially hoped.
“Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015,” the statement reads. “As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”
That means hopefully Whedon will have the freedom to tinker with the scripts for “Captain America: Future Soldier,” “Thor: The Dark World” and (especially) “Guardians of the Galaxy” to make sure that they fit with his vision for “The Avengers 2.” He also probably has much more creative control for the sequel than he did for the first “Avengers” flick, though Marvel gave him plenty of leeway on that as well.
The statement does make it seem like Whedon won’t necessarily be showrunner for the Marvel TV series on ABC, though he will likely be involved in crafting it. That’s a bummer for everyone out there (read: me) who was hoping this would be Whedon’s comic book version of “Firefly.” Sure, that cast is all busy doing other things (here’s looking at you, Nathan Fillion), but who really watches “Castle” anyways?