The Avengers did the unexpected: it was able to bring together multiple heroes from multiple movies (and introduce a few new characters) for a massive superhero brawl with great writing and action. Part of that success came from writer-director Joss Whedon, who works especially well with an ensemble cast. Then The Avengers did the expected: it made an assload of money.
Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that Whedon will be returning for a second Avengers film, likely following the stories and events of the new line-up of Marvel superhero films. Joss Whedon will also be developing a Marvel TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I'm a little concerned about this, honestly. Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger had perfect directors--Kenneth Branagh handled Thor's epic, Shakespearean feel and Joe Johnston just needed to make The Rocketeer again. Joss Whedon likes surprise deaths (Buffy, Serenity, The Avengers) and reveals with no buildup (Buffy, Dollhouse) a little too much, so I hope he's able to play it straight this time around, like he did for the original Avengers.
Of course, Whedon did give us this scene, for which I am forever grateful
Maybe I'm the only one who's worried--what about you? Do you think Whedon is a good pick to continue the cinematic adventures of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?