Joss Whedon is an interesting case study in popularity vs success. For example, I, along with a lot of other people, absolutely love Whedon's work. Although I never really got into the Buffy show I was nonetheless a huge fan of the spin off "Angel" and then an even bigger fan of his short lived show "Firefly" and the movie version that came after it "Serenity".
But even though Whedon has shown himself to be a master storyteller and acquired a very loyal and loud fan base, he's never really had a "big hit". Firefly was unceremoniously and tragically canceled by Fox after only 1 season. The movie version "Serenity", while being one of my favorite Sci-Fi films of the past decade only managed to make $25 million at the domestic box office, and even his highly critically acclaimed horror film "Cabin In The Woods" only managed to get $39 million.
Now Whedon is the king of the movie world with his well deserved massive success on "Avengers" which has already made well over $1 BILLION worldwide which makes it the biggest financial success he's ever (and probably ever will) have. So the question becomes an obvious one: SHOULD JOSS WHEDON RETURN TO DIRECT AVENGERS 2?
Now on the surface you might be tempted to think the answer is an obvious one too. "Hell yes he should"! But hold in a moment… it might not be all that cut and dry.
In a recent interview Whedon was asked about possibly returning to do "Avengers 2" and his answer was a revealing one. Whedon said:
“You know, I’m very torn. It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”
Did you catch that part about "what is ultimately somebody else's story"? That's the key. You see, from Buffy, to Angel, To Firefly and Woods… Whedon is a creator. He thrives on the creative process and his creativity is a level 10 compared to most of us mortals. Big massive dollar results has never seemed to be a part of his definition of "success", and thus making $1 Billion at the box-office does not necessarily mean he'd automatically accept a return gig.
Make no mistake about it, Whedon has OTHER projects he'd like to do that are birth children of his own imagination, and he knows that right now any studio would give him anything he wants to make whatever he wants. With the success of "Avengers" Whedon has printed himself a golden ticket in Hollywood that will be good for at least 5-7 years. I think Fox would even let him do "Serenity 2" right now if he wanted to. Whedon will never have this much power in his career again… an he knows it.
The question then becomes: Does Whedon have the patience to wait until after another "Avengers" movie to leverage that power he now has? And also don't forget that a less than fantastic "Avengers 2" could actually hurt him.
But we're asking SHOULD he do another one. To me the answer is "yes". Whedon should do 1 more "Avengers" film, and then regardless of how successful it is… walk away and pursue his other projects and stories that he wants to tell while the golden opportunity presents itself.
Staying on one property too long can drain the creativity of a filmmaker like Whedon. Creative storytellers need to move on to new things or at least walk away from their bug successes for a little while before returning. Christopher Nolan brilliantly has always done other films in between the Batman films. The brilliant director Sam Raimi stayed on "Spider-Man" for 1 film too long in my opinion. "Spider-Man 2" is still one of my favorite comic-book films of all time, but being the creative type, Raimi, in my opinion, should have walked away after that. He didn't and the result was a sub par "Spider-Man 3" film. Creative geniuses like Raimi and Whedon need to keep their feet moving.
So yes, Whedon should do another "Avengers" film. He can then honestly say to the fans "I gave you everything I had", he can reap another huge windfall for himself and the studio, he can renew that golden ticket he's got in his pocket and we end up getting another fantastic "Avengers" film. He should then brush his hands off and with a smile say "it's time for me to move onto other things".
But that's just my opinion. What do you think? Should Whedon come back for "Avengers 2"? If so, should he leave after that or continue on for more "Avengers" films? Let us know in the comments section below and don't forget to TWEET and FACEBOOK this post to share it with others.
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