In a lot of ways, The Avengers was similar to the first Star Wars movie. The Avengers was a large scale action adventure movie with just the right dash of humor. It featured a group of heroes coming together to battle an almost overwhelming menace. With the first Avengers movie having a similar tone to the first Star Wars movie, could it be that the Avengers sequel will be like The Empire Strikes Back?
It's possible that The Avengers: Age Of Ultron could have a similar tone to The Empire Strikes Back, because Avengers director Joss Whedon has cited the film as a sequel that got it right. However, there is one big problem that Whedon has with The Empire Strikes Back, which is the ending.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whedon said, "Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending, which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea." When asked to clarify if he thought the ending was bad, Whedon explained, "Well, it’s not an ending. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations."
Given Whedon's comments, fans probably shouldn't expect The Avengers: Age Of Ultron to end with a cliffhanger that merely serves to set up Avengers 3. Even though Avengers 3 has already been confirmed, it looks like Whedon will likely try to make The Avengers: Age Of Ultron as something that can stand by itself.
For more from Joss Whedon, be sure to pick up this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly, which features a 10-page deep-diver interview about Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers sequel.