Joss Whedon Talks Pressures of Making Avengers 2

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Joss Whedon is hard at work on the script for The Avengers 2. Back in January, he said the script should be done in a few months and that we should expect “Death, death, and lots of death.” The director spoke with Total Film (via CBM) about the pressures of making a sequel to the biggest super hero movie of all time.

“The only pressure is the pressure that is there every time I do a new project. Is it going to be good? It is going to be different? Is there even a reason to make another one? Is there a reason for this to be my next thing? Can I pull it off? I am not going to try and match the box office of the first one because that would be bonkers…”

When the audience for the film was brought up, that prompted this response from Whedon.

“Yes, there is a certain level of safety – because now people know about The Avengers and they like the characters so it probably won’t completely crash and burn. But you don’t want to just get by and do something that is merely OK. If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before. So I think of The Avengers 2 as a glorious challenge – it is a sequel, yes, but how can it be different? Of course, the pressure that I don’t feel, my body internalises. It happens all the time. I was comfortable making the first Avengers, but I didn’t sleep during it.” 

The Avengers 2 is set to begin production at the end of this year at Pinewood-Shepperton Studios with filming expected to begin in early 2014. The cast for the film is currently unconfirmed, but its very likely to again include Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.

Marvel’s The Avengers 2 will hit theaters on May 1, 2015.

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