Joss Whedon talks ‘Avengers 2,’ ABC confident in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ series

By Daniel S Levine,

Most of Joss Whedon’s time lately is probably spent thinking about the Marvel cinematic universe, which he has been tasked by Disney to guide after the stunning success of The Avengers in 2012. While plot details have been scarce, Whedon recently spoke about Avengers 2, which isn’t set to hit theaters until 2015.

“Don't go bigger; go deeper” the director told MTV News at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards yesterday when asked about the direction Avengers 2 will go in. “All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in — and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.”

Part of Whedon’s job at Marvel and Disney is now overseeing every aspect of the films and TV shows that will star the iconic heroes. He has already taken a look at the scripts for future movies, which will be part of Phase Two of the cinematic universe, which will start with Iron-Man 3. Phase One ended with The Avengers.

“I read all the scripts and I give notes on everything,” Whedon told MTV News. “I'll look at cuts when they're ready to show me. I'll talk to directors if they want to. I try to make myself useful without being intrusive. I've gotten to be a part of all of them. That's a dream job for a kid like me.”

The first TV component of the universe will be S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee told the media that the show has been fast-tracked, even though a pilot, which Whedon is directing is still in production.

“It’s just very Joss,” Lee said about the pilot, reports Entertainment Weekly. “You know how Joss is so high-low? And he’s able to be intense and epic and suddenly funny and silly? He’s just got that ability to be super entertaining and sort of super educated.”

Lee said he is “hopeful” that it will get picked up as a series and he is confident that it will have wide appeal. “There’s no question S.H.I.E.L.D. could go anywhere,” he said when asked where it would be scheduled. “It could absolutely go on Sunday.”



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