Disney is one happy company right now. Disney Chairman Bob Iger has announced that Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct a sequel to the mega-hit movie The Avengers. All comic book nerds rejoice! Whedon wrote and directed the blockbuster summer hit The Avengers and Disney is riding those coattails. The adaptation of the Marvel Comics series has taken in nearly $1.5 billion worldwide in just three months…not too shabby.
Not only will there be an Avengers sequel, but Joss Whedon has agreed to create a “Marvel-based” series for ABC. This could be huge, but would a comic book series make for a good TV show? If it’s not reality TV, it seems network TV just can’t catch on. This could be a huge change though and it if it works, watch out for CBS, NBC and FOX to run that same course!
Three years ago, Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion. Since then, Disney has leaned heavily on the comic book maker to be one of the pillars of the company. It has worked well, seeming the income for Disney’s studio jumped from $49 million a year ago to $313 million now…thanks in large part to The Avengers.
Comic book fans have even more reason to be excited. Not only will Disney be releasing an Avengers sequel, but they have many movies in the works including many of the characters from The Avengers. Those movies include: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, which are both due out in 2013. In 2014, comic book fans can expect to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, a new super-group film, from Disney and Marvel!