Some very welcome news has come out of a conference call with analysts, from Disney chairman Bob Iger. Fans of Joss Whedon and The Avengers were well aware of just how much of an influence the writer/director had on the film, with his style of character development and his way of blending small character moments with larger-than-life events in a plot. Many fans wondered if he would return for the sequel, and whether it could be as good without his input. Now Iger confirms that Whedon has signed on to write and direct The Avengers 2, so fans can expect more of the same quality in the second film. A release date has not yet been mentioned, but with two Avengers-related character films coming out in 2013, and Captain America: the Winter Soldier landing in 2014, we can probably expect a release date of 2015.
This isn’t the only project that Whedon is working on for Marvel/Disney, however. Iger also mentioned that Whedon will be creating a television series for ABC, based on a Marvel Comics property. Which property has not yet been mentioned, but considering there was talk a few months ago about a new Hulk TV series, we have to consider the possibility that we’re looking at an ongoing series based on Whedon’s take on Bruce Banner — which, considering how The Avengers took a character whose movies had lackluster receptions at best and made him the breakout star of the film, could be a very good thing.