Look at this dude. Now THAT'S a dude who looks satisfied. Joss Whedon wrapped on Avengers: Age Of Ultron with this satisfied tweet, posing very much like an old-school hip hopper. Perhaps he's going to Regulate with Warren G.
Or perhaps he's joining a reformed Bone Thugs And Harmony.
Or maybe, just maybe, it's time to hang out with the Roots!
Whedon's got a good year of post-production ahead of him, a year that can be spent tweaking footage, doing minor reshoots or secretly filming post-credit sequences where we meet something like eight new Avengers?. Of course, the question dangles out there – dare Whedon sign on for more? Rumors persist that he's not coming back for that third Avengers.
Of course, Whedon isn't a for-hire guy like Kenneth Branagh or Joe Johnston, who were essentially tourists in the Marvel universe when they directed Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. No, we're talking a supernerd here, one who served on Marvel Comics writing staffs. This guy did Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog. He's clearly a mega-geek, and in making Avengers movies he's living the dream. If Marvel comes to him with a toboggan loaded with thousand dollar bills and the promise that he can put Wonder Man in the next movie, would he really say no? Or is the Marvel atmosphere so non-conducive to artists that he's just got to get away?
Last time, he cleansed the palette after making Avengers with the super low budget Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing. It was small, it was lightweight, it was black and white, and it took place in one location – it was everything a comic book film wasn't. Can he find a similar way to detox again before returning to the superhero pressure chamber? Or is Marvel going to force him to spend his newfound free time looking over his brother's shoulder while Jed Whedon runs ABC's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Marvel's in a very difficult position with Whedon right now, and if they want him back, they best not screw anything up.