The Avengers director Joss Whedon has admitted that he has tried to be as careful as he can with the characters from The Avengers, so that he does not overly affect the sequels to their respective movies. Joss told Den Of Geek that he is trying to prepare the sequels and hopes that they in turn will do the same for him.
Whedon explained, “Yes, the other reason I cite comics is that there’s also a larger universe going on that you have to respect. I’m not going to do something that’s going to make Captain America 2 impossible, I’m not going to take something that should be in Thor 2 and put it in my film. I am trying to tee them up as much as I’m recovering from whatever they gave me.”
He added, “But, again, it just makes it an interesting puzzle, and although I’m not a genius of plot, I do enjoy a puzzle. There is a little bit of ‘Right, how can I progress the characters, without solving all their problems?’. I like things where you feel the resolve is ‘we’ve made a step forward’, not ‘we’ve completed the journey’.”
Joss continued, “That’s something with Buffy that we were very strict about, it wasn’t ‘well we’ve certainly cured that guy’s ills forever!’, it was like ‘okay, we’ve saved him from the thing, and eventually maybe he’ll be able to deal with the trauma’. It’s always a process.”
The Avengers is released in the UK on April 26 and in the US on May 4.