(File image) Joss Whedon

Los Angeles - Joss Whedon has been hired again as the boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero friends for a sequel to The Avengers.

The news came on Tuesday from Walt Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger, who said during a company earnings call that the filmmaker is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales.

Iger also said that Whedon is helping to develop a Marvel-based TV series for ABC. Marvel is a Disney subsidiary.

No details were provided on a start of production or release date for the sequel to Whedon's The Avengers, the year's biggest hit with nearly $1.5-billion at the worldwide box office. But the film will have to get in line behind a busy schedule of solo sequels featuring Avengers co-stars.

Robert Downey Junior is filming Iron Man 3 for release next May, while Thor star Chris Hemsworth will have his own sequel out in November 2013. Chris Evans' Captain America sequel will follow in April 2014. - Sapa-AP