It’s official: “The Avengers” has crossed the $1.5 billion mark at the worldwide box office after opening in Japan a few weeks ago. The Marvel film, written and directed by Joss Whedon, is firmly situated as the third-highest grossing film ever, just behind James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic.”
Try to contain your utter surprise and disbelief.
Since “The Avengers” opened at the U.S. box office back in May, many things have happened for the writer and director of the ambitious little superhero flick. Marvel quickly tied Whedon down to reprise his role as writer and director in the sequel to the superhero team-up film in 2015. As if that wasn’t enough, Whedon also signed on to helm a spin-off TV series, “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, with Marvel and ABC, beginning production immediately.
All of this is wonderful news for Whedonites, but it never would have happened if “The Avengers” had failed. If the largest superhero movie of all time had tanked at the box office, Browncoats and “Buffy” fans the world over would still be desperately trying to convince everyone else to give “Dr. Horrible” a chance. Instead, formerly scorned “Firefly” devotees are strutting around, reeking of smugness, and telling everyone “I told you so.” And rightly so.
“The Avengers” will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray September 25, 2012.