This (speaking about "Much Ado About Nothing") is your Shakespearean team-up. What about your superhero team-up? You're potentially working again with Alexis, since he was the guy assisting Thanos in The Avengers, but will more of the Much Ado folks drift over into your Marvel world?
It's always the same tension between wanting to find new voices, new faces, and new energy, and new threads for the tapestry, and wanting to use the ones that have delighted and worked for me over the years. Much Ado was very specifically, I need people I know I can trust. I need people I know can get along, who work hard, who have the chops, who can do this. But from project to project, it's always different. I've said before that I don't want these to feel like a party for my friends — Much Ado is the exception. What matters though, is that the audience feel that they were invited, instead of watching somebody else's party.
So for Avengers 2, you have a draft done, you start shooting in early 2014. What will be the main conflict this time, now that they've formed a team? Trying to stay a team? Becoming their own worst enemy? Because these are not folks who can pull off making a movie out of a Shakespeare play in twelve days.
No, they're not. And actually, that's the middle of the movie, them trying to. It's the Avengers trying to do Measure for Measure, and it doesn't go well. It's very exciting, especially in 3-D. [Laughs] The rest of it, you're right about — it was necessary to build this team, but what happens to them and to the world when they actually exist as a team? How does that work? And I have until we shoot in February to make sure that I'm right."The Avengers 2" is scheduled to hit theaters on 01 May 2015.