There is no doubt 2012 is going to be a stellar year for superheroes. Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Man of Steel and, of course, The Avengers. The latter is undoubtedly the most anticipated. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye… in a single movie! A super hero extravaganza indeed. If director-writer Joss Whedon pulls it off, he’ll reach nerd level 99. He’ll able to make any goddamn film he wants with no restrictions. If he fails… he’ll still be Joss Whedon, level 98 nerd. So… how does one man, a ginger no less, handle the scope of such a large film? How can he possibly juggle the assortment of big egos and still manage to tell a engaging, satisfying story? In the latest issue of Aussie magazine FilmInk, the director & writer talks about his approach and more.

When it comes to juggling action set pieces, and quite character moments, Joss Whedon claim’s the he’s solved the problem:

“The movie is nine hours long,” he deadpans. The director goes on to add that the reason he jumped on board with Marvel was because of the perspicacious casting that was already in place. “They cast people who are actors so people watch them act, so you want to have these quieter moments.” he explains. The tension between those scenes and the momentum of the film is ultimately what is going to make the film exciting, but it’s going to make the editing processs unbearable.”


9 hours is a joke, obviously, but I’d watch 9 hours of Avengers epicness, wouldn’t you? Anyway, Joss was then asked about handling so many movie star egos and if he satisfied each one:

“‘Are they happily engaged or just in a cage?’ I’m leading them just when they are about to die of starvation; that way, they’re more pliable stockholm syndrome, that’s the only way to go,” he jokes. “Honestly, they all came in with extraordinary positive attitudes, not just about the projects, but about each other, and they’re very conscious of what everybody else is doing.”

Adding to the question of actor prosperity,  he went to discuss how he strives to preserve a creative work environment:

“I want them to feel that they can go too far and try something different, and they know that I won’t make them look like an idiot by actually using any of that footage,” Whedon reveals. “So long as the script makes some semblance of sense, we get along just fine. All of them had their input to the degree that they wanted it. It’s been a real collaborates from the ground up, so that set the tone from the start. I was like, ‘I know exactly what I want, if you tell me what you want, we can usually do both.'”

Joss then shared his love for two stars of the film – Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo:

“I wanted Mark Ruffalo to play Bruce Banner because he’s just an open book,” says Joss Whedon. “He lets you into his heart and you understand everything that he’s feeling. He’s very open and that’s just who he is as a guy and how he performs.”

And “Sam Jackson? He’s Sam Jackson. I’m sorry!,” exclaims Whedon. “He’s got that piercing look, but in my movie, he can only pin you to the wall with one eye. At the same time, he’s extremely sensitive and textured and that’s what I wanted from Nick Fury. I didn’t want him to be a bluster, because we’ve seen that.”

Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

We only have to wait until May 4th, 2012. Only 5 months. We can do it, right? Right?!

Source: ComicBookMovie via FilmInk magazine

Category: Comics, Film

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