Joss Whedon comments on negative Avengers reviews

Criticises critics who were "reviewing the genre"

The Avengers hasn't come in for much negative press since its release back in May. Indeed, having gone over pretty well with critics across the board, and marched its way to becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time, it's been a pretty smooth ride for Joss Whedon's superhero smash.

However, there will always be dissenters, Earlier in the year, Sam Jackson lost his rag with a New York Times reviewer who he felt was overly critical of the film, taking to Twitter to suggest the critic find himself a new job.

Whedon himself takes a more philosophical view of the naysayers, although he does feel that some of the less favourable reviews were written as an attack on the genre as a whole, rather than of his specific entry to it.

"I went into a bubble when the film came out," says Whedon, "but I do know that Sam Jackson got pretty huffy. I don't think a flame war is going to help anybody. People are allowed to not like the film."

"But I do get annoyed when somebody really hasn't done their homework. A lot of reporting in the negative reviews... was more like they were reviewing the [superhero] genre than the movie itself.

With $1.5bn in the bank and counting, we'd suggest those reviews aren't really too much to worry about. Marvel's bean-counters certainly won't be losing any sleep over them…

Do you think Joss has a point? Tell us, below!

Comments

    • CaptainCrazy

      Sep 7th 2012, 8:48

      I thought Avengers had too much padding and some action scenes which was fairly TV material in scope (mostly involving Captain America). Other than that it was a fun ride.

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    • thedanieljson

      Sep 7th 2012, 8:50

      No doubt people will get in a huff over his comments, saying he can't take criticism or whatnot... But the open letter he wrote to his fans shows he's nothing but an absolute gent who wants to make people happy with his craft: "If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you're probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I'm an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you."

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 7th 2012, 10:28

      Overall, it was a good film but Black Widow and Hawkeye felt surplus to requirements. The film just dragged whenever Scarlet Johannsson 'performed' , she is just awful. Replace her with Tyrese Gibson as Black Panther and you'll have a decent crew.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 7th 2012, 11:07

      There were negative reviews ?

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    • bcrogan

      Sep 7th 2012, 11:07

      the avengers 1 billion dollar box office just proves can sell diahreea in a paper bag to anyone. avengers was an absolute snooze fest with no character substance. iron man was Soooo great because it was so much more than just explosion porn. it had amazing dialogue and character development and better villains. Loki was such a terrible character, thor is a boring lunk head, Bruce banner could have had more dialogue as should stark.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 7th 2012, 12:17

      Better villains lol please. As much as I like both Iron Man's the villains in those movies were nothing more than mini transformers.

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    • SiMan

      Sep 7th 2012, 13:08

      Maybe its because i'm a comic nerd, but this was absolutely my favourtite film of the last few years. Better than all of the indiviual Marvel build-up films before it and just a rollicking good movie. Cannot wait for the Blu-Ray so i can re-watch it again. Hope the sequels can live up to the expectation.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 7th 2012, 16:02

      Sorry for the change of subject but thedanieljson, how freaky is it that after your recommendation yesterday for Gone Baby Gone, it was on TV last night? Cheers for the tip.. really enjoyed it.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 7th 2012, 16:40

      It's more freaky that you only just discovered Gone Baby Gone yesterday.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 7th 2012, 19:43

      I know.. there was something about it (probably Ben Affleck as I had the same thing with the Town) that just made me not want to see it.. it would be more freaky if I only discovered The Day After Tomorrow the day before yesterday .. wait.. wha?

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    • thedanieljson

      Sep 7th 2012, 20:54

      @ChrisWootton no problem! Glad you enjoyed it. If I'd known it was on I would've watched it. Instead I watched 'Splice'. Odd one.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 8th 2012, 12:44

      It's on the bbc iplayer. Yeah splice was weird, I was in hysterics when it all goes wrong at the expo, and there were too many science montage shots. I thought it got interesting towards the end though.

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    • blove99

      Sep 8th 2012, 14:22

      get a room

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    • blove99

      Sep 8th 2012, 14:22

      get a room

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    • blove99

      Sep 8th 2012, 14:23

      get a room

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 8th 2012, 15:21

      Wait so we've to get three rooms ?

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 8th 2012, 17:20

      or a room for three?.. I'm confused

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 9th 2012, 4:02

      A threeway ooooh kinky.

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    • Aleric

      Sep 11th 2012, 21:55

      Yeah lets overlook the massive plot holes the movie had, or the fact that SHIELD was an incompetent shadow of its comic self. All that matters is that fan boys run after Whedon telling him he is great and stroking that soon to be James Cameron like ego. For those of you that didnt catch it look up Whedon ranting to fans at ComicCon about the evils of Capitlaism and how it is ruining the world, while he sells you DVD's of his movies and TV series.

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    • luke100

      Sep 14th 2012, 20:15

      I once gave Joss Whedon an e-card.

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    • Payboss

      Mar 8th 2013, 16:53

      Big job exceptionally completed and entertained me no end .... One of my all time favorites now. Reviews are all still about personal opinion and preference. The only personal opinion that counts is your own.

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