As the Avengers 2 talk continues to heat up, writer-director Joss Whedon has discussed the film with the UK's Empire magazine, who released an excerpt from their interview on Tuesday.
While the article does not confirm the identity of the villain — widely expected to be Thanos given the mid-credits scene in the first Avengers movie — Whedon stated that he doesn't want the bad guy to overshadow the main characters.
"I'm very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him," Whedon told the magazine. "But if you watch my shows, the one thing I've never been very good at is guest stars, because I've always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I'm still most fascinated by them."
Additionally, Whedon stressed the importance of doing something different, rather than trying to replicate what made the original so successful ($1.5 billion in worldwide total gross).
"I know I will never make a moment as pleasing in a film as Hulk and Loki," he said. "You can't chase that dragon. If you try to do exactly the same thing, the chances you're going to do it better are very slim, and the only reason for me to devote three years to making another Avengers movie is the hope of making a better one."
The Empire issue featuring the Whedon interview is out this Thursday. Last Friday, Whedon appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and discussed his reasons for including Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in the film, calling their powers "very visually interesting." Whedon has been doing press in release of the June 7 release of his adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.