The news that has increased sales of Kleenex boxes by some 457% overnight, especially among young males, is Joss Whedon agreeing to write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2, which you can read all about over at Gamma Squad and Film Drunk. But below the “AVENGERS 2 JOSS AHHHHHHH!!!1!!” headline written in bold and shawarma is the fact that Whedon will also develop a live-action TV show starring various Marvel characters. Get ready for a fast-talking, pop culture-referencing Moondragon!
According to a Marvel Studios press release, via Variety:
“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.” (Via)
And all it took was spending years writing a movie that’s grossed $1.46 billion to date and has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. NO BIGGIE. Anyway, it’s unknown what form the TV series will take and how much say Whedon will have, although it’s likely he won’t oversee as much as he previously has with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. So, for now, let’s wildly speculate about the show, which I think will focus on every Avenger dying in some gut-wrenching way in the first scene, with the exception of She-Hulk, Starfox, and Black Panther, who will travel the globe fighting crime, trading quips, and occasionally breaking into song.
Nerds be wanking.