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Rumor: The Avengers and Avengers 2 director Joss Whedon is already signed on for The Avengers 3.
Source: Marvel short-film writer-director Drew Pearce, in a Movies.com interview.
Evidence: “One of the things when you’re a writer or director in the Marvel universe is you come in, you leave some tasty morsels dangling at the end, and maybe you’re the one who comes in and picks them up again next time, or maybe it’s someone else, or maybe they just hang there a while, and that’s fine too. Despite any cliffhanger-ness to the short, I also don’t feel like it’s unsatisfying. That’s all you can really hope to do. Unless you’re Joss [Whedon] and you’re making Avengers 2 and 3, and then you have a pretty good idea if you’re making the next one or not.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: Our resident rumor-mongering computer says the data suggests Pearce was giving a hypothetical example—but he could ultimately be right anyway. At this point, why wouldn’t Whedon direct Avengers 3? The first movie was one of the biggest films in history, the second one will likely top it (at least at the box office), and Whedon, a lifelong comic-book geek, has made, by the Speculometron’s calculations, a shit-ton of money getting to turn the characters he’s loved for decades into movie icons. He has his dream gig, and no reason to give it up.
If Whedon directs one or two more of these Marvel movies, he could retire in 10 years, never work another day in his life, and spend his remaining years summering in Wakanda or Latveria, and directing oddball Shakespeare adaptations. Or he could return to television with enough clout to keep a show on the air for a very long time. Whedon would have to be crazier than Psycho-Man not to make Avengers 3.
Odds: 4 to 1.