"The Avengers" doesn't open until May 4, but director Joss Whedon is already thinking of the sequel. Contrary to the usual Hollywood dictates, Whedon told SFX UK (via Digital Spy) that he'd like to go smaller, not bigger for a follow-up. Whedon said the only way to top the epic first assembly of the Avengers, is "by not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful."

A character-driven comic book movie? Could it be? Whedon says it would work, "by being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself."

The always humorous creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" joked that he'd take a page from "The Godfather, Part II," by adding flashbacks of young Michael Corleone: "Sequels are always better when that happens." It hasn't yet been announced which Avengers would be part of the planned sequel, but Marvel's Kevin Feige has promised "new blood" and a "new dynamic" between any returning Avengers.

The director said that in "The Avengers," he's tried to give each of the team -- Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye -- enough screen time. "I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight and, ultimately, what makes them awesome," he explained. "I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches." Bring on Hulk's big speech!

[via Digital Spy ]
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