Whedon back for Avengers 2
Whedon (left) has been hired again as boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero pals for a sequel to The Avengers. Walt Disney Co chief executive Robert Iger announced the news at a company earnings call. He said the filmmaker was returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales. Iger also said Whedon was helping to develop a Marvel-based TV series for the US ABC network. No details have been announced on a start of production or release date for the sequel to Whedon’s The Avengers, the year’s biggest hit with nearly $US1.5 billion ($1.42 billion) at the worldwide box office. But the film will have to get in line behind a busy schedule of solo sequels featuring Avengers co-stars. Robert Downey Jr is filming Iron Man 3 for release next May, while Thor star Chris Hemsworth will have his own sequel out in November 2013. Chris Evans’ Captain America sequel will follow in April 2014.