"The Avengers 2" is happening with Joss Whedon. That's the word from Disney, as the studio confirmed Whedon will both write and direct the upcoming "Avengers" sequel during a conference call for investors on Tuesday afternoon. In a twist, Whedon will also help Marvel and ABC develop a new television series that takes place within "The Avengers" universe.

While this might have all seemed like a foregone conclusion -- "Marvel's The Avengers" has earned over $1.46 billion around the world, with many crediting Whedon's mix of source-material reverence and sense of humor as part of the reason why -- Whedon wasn't sure if he would return for the sequel as late as Comic-Con in July.

“I have not come to a decision on directing 'Avengers 2' yet,” he said during a panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of "Firefly."

This has been quite a year for Whedon, who has long been considered a cult presence in film and television. "The Avengers" helped the creative mind behind "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" reach a whole new audience, but it didn't make him appreciate the true fans any less.

"I've had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of -- I'm not even gonna say fans. I'm going with 'peeps' -- that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of," he wrote in a letter to fans on the website Whedonesque. "When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I've had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y'all."

For more on Whedon's future plans head over to Slashfilm.

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  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Samuel L. Jackson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Actor Mark Ruffalo (R) and Sunrise Coign

    Actor Mark Ruffalo (R) and Sunrise Coigney arrive at the the world premiere of Marvel’s 'The Avengers', at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: (L-R) Actors Alexander Skarsgard and Stellan Skarsgard arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Actress Scarlet Johansson arrives at the

    Actress Scarlet Johansson arrives at the the world premiere of Marvel’s 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Mario Lopez arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Musician Chris Cornell arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Sunrise Coigney (L) and actor Mark Ruffalo arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Samuel L. Jackson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actors Clark Gregg (L) and Jennifer Grey arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Writer/director Joss Whedon arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Writer/director Joss Whedon arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the the

    Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the the world premiere of Marvel’s 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor/comedian Hal Sparks arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives for t

    Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives for the world premiere of “Marvel’s The Avengers', at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Alexander Skarsgard arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jon Favreau arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

CORRECTION: An earlier edition of this post mistakenly referred to Whedonesque.com as Joss Whedon's own website. It is not.