When Joss Whedon speaks, nerds everywhere listen. And this article is being written in order to further the reach of the wise man’s words. This time around, our overlord talks about his opinion of a Downey-less Avengers 2, the possibility of a Firefly kickstarter and his un-love of video games. Check it all out after the jump.
First and foremost, Whedon is speaking up on the controversy that is currently underway regarding Robert Downey, Jr.’s end of contract with Marvel and the star’s desire to come back only if more money is on the table. Though Whedon didn’t mention the negotiations per se, he did express his desire to steer clear of Avengers 2 if the studio doesn’t do something to secure the current incarnation of Tony Stark.
He is IronMan. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine.
But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can. The day he was cast, I went up to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and said, ‘You brilliant son of a bitch.’
Next up, the eternal debate about whether Whedon and crew will ever try to bring Firefly back to life. He and others have already said no about a million times, but apparently someone wanted just one more confirmation that it’s not going to happen.
I’m not going to do that. Maybe one day I will. Maybe one day a ‘studio’ will actually want me to. Right now, everyone is – I’m happy to say, working very hard in very good jobs. And there is a real fear of the monkey’s paw. Where you bring it back to life and it isn’t the same. I mean, even if it’s great and it isn’t the same. So right now, I’m dying to get on a ship with those guys again but I’m also doing yet another goddamn huge ensemble movie [pause] Why I can’t just make a movie about one guy, [pause] ever… So right now, I can’t even access that part of my brain. But I’m also the guy that said ‘Well, I’ll never have anything to do with Buffy again so…’ If all the planets align, that would be great but I’m not going to do what I did the first time and move heaven and Earth to make it happen because I just don’t have that and I think you can’t force it.
And finally, the possibility of Whedon ever getting involved in bringing a video game to life on the big screen.
I’ve been approached a few times. And I’ve sort of gone down the path a little bit and it’s never amounted to anything. I still don’t understand why they never made a Firefly game because it lends itself enormously. They were going to do a big massive, multiplayer thing with many M’s in the acronym – I don’t know what it’s called, I’m old, look at me for god’s sake. I have reading glasses. At first, I was not interested in video games just because there really was no narrative, there was no character, there was no decision-making, there was bang-bang. And that’s really changed, and it’s become more and more interesting and the form of storytelling that a lot of people are gravitating towards – My problem is, I don’t play them. Because those video games, there’s a career in those and I never got the hang of them as my nephews found out when they tried to play Gears of War with me. I suddenly wasn’t the cool uncle anymore as I kept shooting them by mistake.
So there you have it folks, the words of Joss Whedon coming to you via the wonder that is the Internetz and the awesome folks who are the Nerd Bastards. Remember to stay tuned in to fulfill all of your daily word-of-mouth and vague rumor needs.