The future looks bright for Marvel fans on the live-action front.
Joss Whedon, writer-director of the blockbuster juggernaut The Avengers has agreed to direct the sequel, according to The Washington Post.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news Tuesday.
Marvel said in a statement that Whedon had signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios to develop film and television projects through the end of 2015. That includes the sequel and developing a Marvel-based TV series for ABC. Disney owns both the network and Marvel.
The Avengers is currently the highest grossing film of the year, earning about $1.5 billion globally chronicling the adventures of superheroes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk as they unite to defeat the villainous Loki.
The Post had no news on the film’s or TV show’s release date. But Iron Man 3 is due May 2013, Thor: The Dark World is due November that same year, and the next Captain America movie is set for April 2014.