Joss Whedon has promised “death, death, and more death” in his sequel to Avengers. Which is pretty much awesome, and I expect those deaths to be at once tragic and sad and followed quickly with jokes.
Teasing so much death and darkness, Whedon was asked if he was going to go Christopher Nolan on the sequel (which I take to mean darkening the shit out his movie and removing any touch of levity and humor, a la Dark Knight). Here’s Whedon’s response:
No, Nolan has this thing and of it he is the master — [I’m] Tony Stark desperately trying to be Steve Rogers… I do not have Nolan’s thing. I can’t stop making jokes. In my vernacular there are two gold standards for sequels: The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back. They are darker films but they are not suddenly pretentious and losing the mission. The joy of the thing is important: the exaltation, the nobility, the humour and the humanity. But you do need to bleed with these people a little bit or you won’t want to spend another day with them.”
Please don’t stop making jokes, Sir. No one makes them better.