Joss Whedon delivered two $1+ billion blockbusters for Marvel Studios with The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the filmmaker has since made it clear that he now wants to tackle something smaller where he can have full creative control over the production process. Whatever he does next is obviously going to be exciting, and during a special appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego yesterday, Whedon dropped a few intriguing hints.

“The film I’m working on right now, I could credit 100 different things for how it’s evolving,” Whedon teased. “I’ll say this much about it: it’s historical fiction, it’s different than anything I’ve done before and for the first time I’m writing without a studio, a rating, a budget, or anything in mind. I’m writing purely on a level that I never have. When I finish the script, which should be a couple months, I believe all the studios will get together for a bidding-war/intervention because it is not – it’s very disturbing. It’s been a very exciting experience.”

How long we’re going to have to wait for Whedon’s next movie remains to be seen, but after making two Avengers movies back to back it’s fair to say that the director has earned a break! Regardless of how this one shapes up, the filmmaker has the luxury of doing whatever he likes in Hollywood, and his return to the blockbuster realm will be very interesting.

Chances are he won’t be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of course, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing, especially if it means Whedon once again turns his attention to the small screen as he did with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the short-lived Firefly…