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Joss Whedon Is “Not Going To Try And Match The Box Office” Of The Avengers With Its Sequel

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Part of me forgot Joss Whedon was already in the thick of planning The Avengers 2. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been focused on developments as they pertain to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lately. Regardless, the director recently discussed how things are going with that highly-anticipated film. 

In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Whedon channeled Loki and called work on the sequel a “glorious challenge.”

“The only pressure is the pressure that is there every time I do a new project,” the filmmaker recently admitted to Total Film magazine. “Is it going to be good? It is going to be different? Is there even a reason to make another one? Is there a reason for this to be my next thing? Can I pull it off? I am not going to try and match the box office of the first one because that would be bonkers. Yes, there is a certain level of safety [knowing there’s a huge audience] – because now people know about The Avengers and they like the characters so it probably won’t completely crash and burn. But you don’t want to just get by and do something that is merely OK. If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before. So I think of The Avengers 2 as a glorious challenge – it is a sequel, yes, but how can it be different? Of course, the pressure that I don’t feel, my body internalises. It happens all the time. I was comfortable making the first Avengers, but I didn’t sleep during it.”

I can’t even imagine the pressure but at least it seems like Whedon has a good handle about walking into the project in the first place. Where are you hoping to see the Avengers go in the sequel?

(Comic Book Movie via MTV Splash Page)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."