Joss Whedon to make Marvel TV series...oh, and The Avengers 2
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Joss Whedon is Marvel's master now...
In today's "Numfar! Do the Dance of Joy!" news, Joss Whedon is returning to TV, developing a Marvel TV show for ABC. The show had been previously announced, but it wasn't specified who'd be making it.
Also, he's returning to write and direct The Avengers 2, after the first film was a (Hulk) Smash at the box office, and with audiences and critics alike. And given that some of the best superhero sequels were directed by the same director as the first one (Bryan Singer's X-Men 2, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, for instance), this bodes well.
Yes, for fans of the cult writer-director, that's two huge pieces of news in one go. It's kind of an overload of awesomeness, just like much of his writing.
He'd previously said that, having just finished one big project with The Avengers, he was taking his time to decide on his next big project. So he clearly couldn't decide, and just picked two instead...
For many people, The Avengers 2 will probably be the bigger news. However, for devoted Whedonites, the TV series is a much bigger deal. Because as great as Joss Whedon is at making movies (and comic books, and internet musicals, and miscellaneous other things like highly witty and articulate interviews, and so on), his true storytelling strength is to be found in TV. Only the long-form storytelling of TV, with its potential for writers and actors to give the characters extraordinary nuance, character development, and pathos, can fully showcase Joss Whedon's genius.
However, despite being the greatest writer of TV there is (and arguably the greatest writer full stop), nevertheless three of Joss Whedon's four TV series to date have been cancelled, much to the chagrin of fans. While Buffy the Vampire Slayer lasted seven seasons on TV before Joss and co. voluntarily brought it to a close, Angel was cancelled after five seasons, Firefly after less than one (to much deserved outrage on the part of everyone who's discovered it since), and Dollhouse after two.
But now that he's Hulk Smashed the box office with The Avengers, *no-one* will dare try and cancel any of Joss Whedon's shows. Bonus: It's not even on Fox this time.
SlashFilm reports that:
“The Avengers  is being tentatively planned for a Summer 2015 release, although Disney and Marvel have not formally announced a date.”
“We have no more details about the series, but fans have speculated that it will probably center around SHIELD and possibly introduce third/fourth tier Marvel superheros to the masses.”
They also added that:
“If I were Kevin Feige I would secure Whedon to a long-term contract as an executive producer, overseeing the Marvel universe on a Pixar-braintrust level.”
which would be a very good idea on Marvel's part, considering Joss Whedon's knowledge of and love for Marvel characters, as well as his sheer storytelling ability. For instance, leading up to The Avengers, Joss Whedon did an uncredited rewrite on Captain America, and directed the end credits sequence for Thor, which set up The Avengers.
Getting Joss back for The Avengers 2 and the TV series is a big step towards something like this, showing that Marvel like playing the "Look! Look how awesome Joss Whedon is!" game just as much as the rest of the fanbase. Only they have a lot more clout, compared to us puny regular fans. And judging by the reaction to The Avengers, it's starting to work.
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