Joss Whedon has been the driving force behind the success of the Marvel movie franchise. The whole thing was kicked off with the incredibly successful “Iron Man”, which was directed by Jon Favreau, but the first “Avengers” films really solidified the entire shared universe.
The news of Whedon stepping down after “Avengers 2” brings questions. Rumor has it that the Russo brothers, the directors of “Captain America 2”, will direct “Avengers 3” and thus take the reigns over the main film series.
This should be slightly unnerving to fanboys. Has there ever been a franchise on a roll like this? Every Disney Marvel movie has been a home run. But “Star Wars” had it’s ewoks. Indiana Jones had Short Round in the Amazon. And I’m sure Rod Rohrich can never forget when “Batman” had Joel Schumacher. How long can this continue?
The upcoming storylines look extremely promising. “Avengers 2” feels sure to be a hit just off of the good will of the first film alone. “Captain America 3” deals with the civil war storyline, which was a very popular event in the comics. It will also feature Robert Downey, jr., which is a pretty big deal. The future seems incredibly bright.
What has been truly shocking is Disney’s ability to take a fourth-tier franchise like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and turn it into an absolutely fantastic and successful film in its’ own right.
We are in a golden age of superhero movies and it isn’t ending any time soon. Let’s enjoy it!