Whedon Calls ‘Avengers 2’ His “Little Passion Project”, Discusses Humanity in ‘Agents’, & Fanboys Over Gunn on ‘Guardians’
Y’know, with all the interviews Marvel‘s wonder boy, Joss Whedon, has been giving lately I’m not really sure how much he’s working on that script for Avengers 2. I mean, just sayin’. Anyway, in his latest interview with Moviefone, Whedon gushes about his “little, passion project” Avengers 2, and how he’s approaching the sequel differently than The Avengers,
I enter upon ‘Avengers 2′ with a different mindset than I did the first one. I feel like I know so well what it is that I want to accomplish, and like ‘Much Ado,’ I now have a real sense of the troop I’m working with and the strictures and the opportunities. My little passion, sidebar project comes out May 1st, 2015.
Yeah, sidebar project. A flick that will likely fly under the radar. Uh-huh, sure.
Hit the jump for more words from Whedon about the upcoming ABC series, Agents of SHIELD and what he thinks of James Gunn as Marvel’s choice for Guardians of the Galaxy director.
Talking about Agents, and specifically what he’s hoping to invoke with the TV series, Whedon said,
There’s always the struggle between spectacle and a TV budget. What attracted me to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ were the gadgets. But after the gadgets was humanity: The idea that there is an underside, a darker side, a more human context. Phil Coulson always represented the everyman, the schlemiel in the world of the fabulous or the mighty, gods and billionaires and legends. And that’s what the show is for, it’s for those people who, as remarkable as they may be, are not the supers, are not A-list.
What are the rest of us worth when there are people that are so extraordinary? That’s a human story. We hired actors that I am so excited to welcome into our universe, and they’re extraordinary, and they’re going to bring so much to it. That’s what I’m giving people every week; those actors, their stories, and the stories that they encounter.
This is something Marvel’s always handled well, the human story in a superhuman world, and I’m excited to see it explored on a weekly, prime time series. Especially one driven by Whedon.
Finally, there was a lot of hubbub surrounding James Gunn’s selection as director for Guardians, but Whedon has nothing but praise,
I’ve talked to them about the story from the beginning, and the different drafts. One of the questions they asked me was ‘What do you think of James Gunn?’ And I giggled like a school girl because I was like, ‘Oh, this movie is going to work.’
My only piece of advice has been: I want to hear more of James. Let’s pull out the formula. Give me more James. Make it weirder. The only way to achieve that ‘Star Wars’ vibe is not to chase it – is to try to be an original universe and have all the fun and do all the stuff. And James is… he’s perfect for that because even I said, ‘A raccoon?’ And James’s thing was, ‘Here’s the deal. It’s about the raccoon. This is why I love it: because of the raccoon and the tree.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s the guy you need.’
Strong words of confidence from Whedon. What did you think of Gunn directing Guardians? How excited are you for Avengers 2 and Agents of SHIELD?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs this fall on ABC, Guardians of the Galaxy releases next summer on August 1st, 2014, and Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015.