Our long national nightmare is over: Joss Whedon has finally been announced as the writer/director of The Avengers 2, the sequel to the superhero movie that broke records this summer and is currently sitting pretty as the third highest-grossing film of all time, both domestically and internationally.
Kevin Feige, the president of production at Marvel Studios, had previously told CraveOnline that "in a perfect world? It would be Joss for The Avengers 2." Apparently the world is kinda perfect after all. Coming Soon has just reported that Disney's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, in an earnings call, revealed that Joss Whedon has officially signed on for the sequel, which is expected to pit the team of superheroes against Thanos, an intergalactic conqueror who in the comics carried on a love affair with death incarnate.
What's more, Whedon – who earned his initial acclaim creating television series like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly" – will be involved in creating the Marvel Studios television series currently being developed for ABC. This would be Whedon's first series for ABC, who unlike Fox and The CW don't have a history of cancelling his series just when they're getting good.
Legions of fans have just breathed a sigh of relief, since finding a director willing to follow Whedon's first Avengers film would have been a horrifying slog filled with endless speculation, nitpicks, naysaying and dashed dreams.
CraveOnline will be back with more Avengers 2 news as soon as the rest of the team assembles.