Whedon to direct Avengers sequel


Joss Whedon has been hired again as boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero pals for a sequel to The Avengers.

The news came from Walt Disney chief executive Robert Iger, who said during a company earnings call that the film-maker is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales.

Mr Iger also said Whedon is helping to develop a Marvel-based TV series for ABC. Marvel is a Disney subsidiary.

No details were provided on a start of production or release date for the sequel to Whedon's The Avengers, the year's biggest hit with nearly 1.5 billion dollars (£960 million) at the worldwide box office.

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, and Chris Evans's Captain America sequel will follow in April 2014.