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“Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. 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.”Okay, as cool as this news is, Whedon's returning to helm the sequel to The Avengers is not a huge surprise, in my opinion. I have a hunch that decision was made weeks ago, but Marvel was just waiting for the right time to announce it. After all, how could Whedon not take advantage of this incredible opportunity? The really interesting part of this announcement, to me, is the "live action series" that's mentioned in the press release. We've known for a while that Marvel had plans to expand the Avengers universe into television, but giving Whedon the reigns of this project gives it an entirely new dimension. The question is - How superhero-centric will the TV series be? Early reports indicated that Marvel was looking to develop a show with connections to The Avengers, but with no capes actually on camera. Now that Whedon is creating the show, I can't believe Marvel wouldn't capitalize on The Avengers box office success - maybe by utilizing Marvel's stable of lesser known superheroes. We'll have lots of time to guess at what Whedon will come up with, seeing as the TV show is at least a year from becoming a reality.
By the way, if you need a quick refresher on Whedon's career, check out the video below. It does a great job of explaining why he was the perfect choice to bring The Avengers to the screen.
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