Joss Whedon Reveals That ‘The Avengers 2’ Will Be Much Darker Than First Movie

Part of the charm of ‘The Avengers’ for many was the fact that it was much more upbeat than its Warner Bros counterpart ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, with Joss Whedon’s lightness of touch helping to make the Disney production the third biggest film of all time by global box-office.

Yet the writer and director has said that he won’t succumb to the temptation of giving fans more humour, and he intends to make the second film darker and “twist the knife” into the team.

The original movie featured Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans, The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansen), and The Hulk (Mark Rufallo) fighting Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Whedon told 24 Hours that even though The Avengers came together to save the day and seemed to become friends in the first film, it won’t be more of the same in the second.

He said: “The creation of the team is not the happy ending,” he said. “It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me.”

The admission comes as ‘Iron Man 3’ is thought to be adding a darker side to Tony Stark’s character, with that film due in spring next year.

Marvel are believed to be keen to roll out a bigger universe of characters, with various movies based around their most famous characters.