While earth's mightiest heroes still need to deal with Loki and his Alien army while suppressing their own ego's and working together as a team, this has not stopped director Joss Whedon discussing ideas on what shape a Avengers sequel would take, when asked about it by SFX he had this to say:
"By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful.Empire also got to chat with Whedon about why Iron Man armor looses the triangle chest plate in favor of the tried and tested circle.
"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."
Whedon joked that a sequel could take heed from crime classic The Godfather II "by having flashbacks to young Michael Andolini escaping Sicily to come to New York, where he will be called Corleone".
"Sequels are always better when that happens," he quipped.
Whedon added that he has strived to give each character in The Avengers, which brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk, enough screen time to see "what makes them awesome".
"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."
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