The biggest movie of 2012 was undoubtedly Marvel’s The Avengers. The success of this film catapulted director Joss Whedon into mainstream stardom, which is pretty impressive for being only his feature directing gig. His film debut was, of course, Serenity, the film adaptation of his TV series Firefly. Fans of the series were waiting for Whedon to reunite the Serenity cast and make a sequel film, but Serenity didn’t do well enough with general audiences to warrant it.
In an interview with The Toronto Star, however, Joss Whedon teases the possibility of making Serenity 2 after The Avengers 2 is finished and released into theaters:
“I’ll never really accept it,” Whedon said of the end of the Firefly saga. “And I always, in the back of my head, think, ‘What if I could get the old gang back together?’
“Part of me is like, ‘God, it would be great when I finish Avengers 2 to do that,'” he continued, before downplaying the likelihood of that ever happening. “I suspect very strongly that after Avengers 2 the next thing I do will be a one-man show,” he joked. “Possibly one monkey.”
Thanks to the success of The Avengers, Serenity 2 seems more likely than it has in years…but that still doesn’t mean it’s that likely. After all, Whedon also has that S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series on his docket.
Still, you never know. A few months ago, Whedon and Firefly lead Nathan Fillion teased the idea of producing a new Firefly animated series. Whedon will also be writing a new comic book series for Dark Horse Comics. As for Whedon’s thought’s on making the Serenity movie:
“When I made [the movie], I said here’s one thing I’ll never do again — a movie based on something that some people know about and some people don’t, with tons of characters who all know each other and who you have to introduce. … And then my second movie was The Avengers.”
If Joss Whedon decides to make a sequel film to Serenity after making The Avengers 2, the earliest it could arrive in theaters would be sometime in 2017. That would be 12 years after the original Serenity film was released in 2005, which is a long time between movies. Maybe we should all give up on the possibilities of a Serenity 2 and just enjoy what is available from the Firefly ‘verse now.