Now, when Joss Whedon parted ways with Marvel Studios after — what was by all accounts a grueling time — making Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it was widely assumed that his departure was a more-or-less permanent one. In fact, he pretty much said exactly that back in January.
Which made sense. After all, Whedon has always thrived when given space to fulfill his own creative vision, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is very much heading in a more collaborative and studio-led direction. A cheery parting of the ways was, at this point, arguably the best thing for everybody. And yet:
It Seems That Joss Whedon Is Heading Back To Marvel After All
Just not to Marvel Studios.
Instead, Whedon was recently confirmed to be penning (part of) an issue of Captain America: Sam Wilson (#7, to be precise), thus marking a return to the comic book branch of the company he "parted ways" with only a few months ago. What's more, he's set to do so alongside his former collaborator on Astonishing X-Men, John Cassaday, with the issue marking the character's 75th anniversary.
Which, it seems, tells us three key things:
1. Marvel and Whedon really did part ways on good terms (even if he does now continue to steer clear of the MCU).
2. Captain America: Sam Wilson #7 is going to sell a whole lot of copies.
3. Joss Whedon isn't done with superheroes just yet.
With the issue also set to feature work from Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins and Tim Sale, it looks set to be something of a Cap-stravaganza, with the plus-sized 56-page issue retailing for $5.99.
The big question now, though? Will Whedon's latest foray into the Marvel comic book universe be received with the mixed fan feelings of his Astonishing X-Men run, the relative disappointment of his time working on (the otherwise incredible) Runaways, or with the near-universal acclaim of his MCU work?
Here's hoping for the latter...