In a perfect case of reverse-engineering, Disney and Marvel announced today that Joss Whedon, who got his start in TV and then directed “The Avengers” to good effect – and $1.5 billion in worldwide box office – will not only direct “Avengers 2” but oversee the development of the live-action TV series set in the “Avengers” movie universe.
It makes perfect sense, and some of the people reacting online tonight are sharing the same line of reasoning that had settled, like a fog, into my brain. Whedon, who made great TV series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly,” has moved on, we told ourselves. He’s not going back to TV after having directed one of the biggest movies ever.
Well, turns out that way of thinking was wrong, wrong, wrong.
Now I doubt we’ll get Joss Whedon, showrunner, or Joss Whedon, director, or much more than Joss Whedon, occasional screenwriter, on this series.
But the man knows how to make a TV series with wit, action and service to multiple characters.
Turns out that was the strength that made him so right for “The Avengers.”
So here’s to a happy, anticipatory “Well, duh.”
Joss Whedon will be helping create the “Avengers” universe live action TV series.