Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just about to get underway with the release of "Iron Man 3" in a couple of weeks, but Joss Whedon already knows where it will end. In fact, the writer/director already had a plan for "Avengers 2" even before going to work on the first crossover film.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Whedon confirmed that the second "Avengers" movie is likely to start filming in February. He also reiterated his belief that he didn't think he would "do the second one but that he did "have an idea for it before [he] had figured out the first one."
However, he never once assumed that such a follow-up would be inevitable. "You go into a movie not assuming that there's going to be [another one]," he said before noting that he's seen "plenty of movies that were the first part of the trilogy that never happened and it's terrible-you don't save anything for the trip back."
That said, he did admit that his mind would wander towards the possibility. Whedon hinted that he did know what would happen in the event of a sequel and somewhat ominously revealed that "it's going to be awful" (hopefully he's not making a prediction about the film's quality but rather his penchant for putting beloved characters through the wringer).
He also discussed his general role as a creative consultant throughout Phase Two, a capacity that he's "really excited about" because it's allowed him to "look at everything and see behind the curtain on all the stuff." Whedon also praised CEO Kevin Feige's "vision," which "runs through all these movies."
Finally, Whedon claimed that the next set of films are "all very different, but they really are what the next story should be."
If production on "Avengers 2" does get underway in less than a year, it seems likely that the back-end of 2013 will be full of announcements and casting confirmations for the sequel. And while the first film teased an appearance from Thanos, it's possible that he won't be confirmed for a while (after all, the Chitauri's role in the first film wasn't revealed until the premiere).
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