Now that Joss Whedon has time to take a breath and think about his future instead of madly running the circuit to promote The Avengers, he was able to sit down and talk about some of his projects, both present and past. In a recent interview with Vulture, Whedon speaks on the Avengers sequel, the new S.H.I.E.L.D. television project and the how and why of his deciding that joining Marvel for many years to come was a good idea.
He talks about why a certain wraparound sequence was left out of the final Avengers cut:
Two factors. One: The movie was three hours long. Two: Audiences didn’t respond to it as well in the movie as I think they would as a DVD extra… The rollout to the Avengers getting to Loki was so gradual that people were getting restless.
About whether his newfound super-mega-stardom, post-Avengers has really sunk in:
It never really has, but when it does, I’m going to become such an enormous dick. [Laughs.] I’m going to have a personal dog polisher and the biggest posse ever. I’m going to be insufferable — well, I mean more insufferable than I already am. You know, at some point, the numbers become meaningless. They’re large, and you can’t really count that high. I felt like I had a particular mission in making what I felt was a slightly old-fashioned movie, because I grew up wanting to make summer movies and wanting to make superhero movies, and I got to do both at once.
On why he decided to chain himself to Marvel projects for the next three years of his life:
Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It’s fun! I also love these characters and the Marvel universe, and I grew up reading the books, and I’ve been going back and reading the old books and realizing that they shaped my storytelling way more than I give them credit for. Now I’m starting up a TV show, which is something I really wanted to do, but I thought it wasn’t going to be a part of my life for the next several years. It’s like a tapas menus of projects that excite me, in addition to the Avengers sequel, which I’m excited for because I’m incredibly excited about the next story that I’m going to tell. For me, it’s a huge win.
And about his involvement in the S.H.I.E.L.D. project and the big change it presents from his other, often less-well-received television work:
Good support is wonderful, but it’s not a hill of beans, because they may give us all this support and then decide, “Eh. Yeah, it’s Friday.” They might give us all the support and then not do that, but then audiences might go, “Yeahhh … no.” You just can’t be sure.
And so the great Whedon has spoken! But he did have a little bit more to say, so feel free to head on over to vulture.com if you have the urge to read the rest of it.
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