It’s been six months since Marvel, Joss Whedon and their super team feature film The Avengers dominated the market, proving once and for all that good things do indeed come Whedon. It wasn’t an easy road, as the director can attest to, but thankfully all the highs and lows have paid off.
Back before the heyday of “Whedon Fever”, the man now known for bringing a million women to the feet of Tom Hiddleston was just that one guy behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now he’s one of the biggest figureheads for the creative aspect of Hollywood. Marvel has signed him to write and direct The Avengers 2 and he’s also the creator/executive producer for the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. Check out what Whedon had to say after the jump.
Obviously, most of us already knew that Whedon had the skills to pay the bills. After Marvel broke one billion in 19 days they finally realized it too, which prompted them let him oversee all their film projects for the next three years. Since he has a bit of a breather before getting into his next big project, Entertainment Weekly sat down with one of their ‘Entertainers of the Year,’ asking Joss how it’s all been:
“I’ve had a wonderful career, and I’m grateful for it. But like every writer in Hollywood, there have been many times where I’ve said, ‘I swear to God, if you just let me do this the way I’m thinking of doing it, it’ll work out!’ and I’ve been thwarted.
“Once you get to this place where people will listen to you, give you the benefit of the doubt, and will get out of your way, all of the stuff you’ve learned to live with and tamped down, you don’t need to live with it anymore..and so the basement door opens … and you go down into there … and read from the diary that raises the dead (laughs). It’s a weird little counter-intuitive thing.”
In a way, Joss is like the Nick Fury of Marvel Studios for the next several years and if anything comes up he’s going to want to know about it. It does come with it’s dangers though, as with a greater amount of creative control there always comes the risk of it going to one’s head. That doesn’t seem to affect Joss. When he signed on for The Avengers 2, it was because he had an idea he feels needs to be told.
“For the most part, I’m psyched. But you have to be careful that self-righteous umbrage doesn’t determine how you act around people, or how you behave artistically…You don’t want to be the guy who’s like: ‘OF COURSE I’M RIGHT! I’VE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT ALL ALONG!” And then suddenly, you’re making your worst stuff, because you’ve lost that checks-and-balances thing you need to manage yourself.”
With this cool outlook you would think that Joss was as calm on set as he appears to be in person, but as an individual with an entire franchise on his shoulders he could have snapped at any second from the pressure. In reality, he was much closer to Bruce Banner and his “I’m always angry” approach, a line that not only became a signature part of The Avengers, but best represented Whedon during the course of filming.
“What was most astonishing to me about making that movie was how personal it was…I literally had the I’m-always-angry revelation during production. I had this certain amount of back-burner simmer of rage that I was completely aware of, but apparently I wrote it for Bruce Banner, going (to myself): ‘I think this is what a guy like this might go through!’ Interesting! What guy, Joss? ‘I don’t know! Some guy. I can’t think of anyone in particular, or why this is coming to me…’ Really, Joss? Really?”
Thankfully, there was no errant gamma-related destruction so it’s safe to assume Joss didn’t turn green and start flipping cars. Instead he provided viewers with an experience we’re still talking about over a half-a-year later. Having all the money in the world doesn’t mean shit if you don’t have the right mind behind it and Joss is the right mind for Marvel for the foreseeable future.