Whedon's direction was terrible. The Avengers succeeded in spite of him, not because of him. That film had the most perfunctory, dull and, quite frankly, boring action I've seen in a summer blockbuster in quite some time, with everything framed in a method that actually nullifies any sensation of physicality whatsoever. It's basically the textbook definition of "not visceral in the slightest." Whedon's a halfway-decent writer, but he's just terrible as a director. His action scenes in The Avengers exist solely to have dudes make comic book poses: It's action as empty, meaningless time-filling material, essentially Whedon playing with action figures.
Honestly, it's identical to how the film presents wiretapping, torture, terrorism, genocide, so on and so forth. It's "political." Wiretapping is shrugged off as no big deal. Torture is reduced to just a word.
So, yeah, I'd be very happy if a different director were to tackle the next installment.
Not sure what movie you were watching. Sure Whedon may not be the great action director that ever lived, but the showdowns in this movie alone (between Iron Man and Thor, Thor and Hulk, and even Cap and Loki) were awesome and exciting as hell, and better than anything in the previous Marvel movies.
I'm not even a Marvel guy, and I was seriously geeking out at that shit.
I think Whedon was invaluable
in making this movie work. Sure it was going to do huge business no matter what, but so did Spider-Man 3 and Iron Man 2. That's very different form the movie actually being good
and being something you want to watch again and again.