EARLIER: Very good -- and very unsurprising -- news: Joss Whedon will be writing and directing "The Avengers 2."
After earning the highest opening of any film ever, Disney announced that a sequel is underway, saying that the film "is a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much."
Apparently, a sequel was in the bag long before Whedon confirmed that he'd be back directing "Earth's mightiest heroes."
"I have not come to a decision on directing 'Avengers 2' yet," Whedon said during this year's Comic-Con. Now, in additon to signing on for the big-screen sequel, he will also participate in Marvel and ABC's related television project.
Hulk smash, indeed.