Joss Whedon talks about The Avengers and the Marvel Universe

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Total Film recently caught up with Joss Whedon to talk about the mammoth task of bringing together Marvel’s biggest superheroes for The Avengers.

Right off the bat, we felt we had to ask about some of the bigger rumours that had been circulating about the blockbuster epic. In short, we wanted to know if any other major Marvel characters would be making an appearance in The Avengers

“There is no Spider-Man in this movie!” Whedon told us, debunking the rumour that the iconic character (due to receive his own movie reboot this summer), would be crossing paths with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor et al.

“I feel so bad for Jenny [Agutter],” sighed Whedon. “I think she just slipped on a name and the reporter ran with it. It’s not like she goes to Comic-Con every year…”

Whedon was also keen to point out that the movie wouldn’t be packed with gratuitous in-jokes and cheap fanboy pandering.

“This isn’t the kind of movie where we’re going to wink at the audience,” promised Whedon. “There’s a great deal of humour and there are a couple of things where people will go, ‘Oh, that guy and that guy!’ It’s not Where’s Waldo?

The Avengers, or Marvel Avengers Assemble to UK audiences, opens on 27 April 2012.

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Is Whedon the right man to do justice to The Avengers? Are you glad the in-jokes and references will be kept to a minimum? Let us know…


    • FBJRider

      Mar 14th 2012, 13:48

      So if there will be funny moments but they aren't in jokes then that means they'll be generic unfunny 'American comedy' jokes.

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    • alexr

      Mar 14th 2012, 16:51

      @FBJRider I dunno...I likes the humour of Iron Man...especially the interplay between RDJ and the robots...

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    • Ichi1

      Mar 14th 2012, 18:28

      You could just wait for the next big British superhero movie if you like. Also, the term used was in-jokes. Meaning a bunch of jokes that only people who love and know the comics will get. He did not mean that there would be comedy but no jokes. Come on man....I only speak Yankee English and not the Queen's...and even I could figure that one out.

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    • ilikescifi

      Mar 15th 2012, 1:39

      Ha ha ha next big British superhero film, yeah like , The Avengers with Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes, or maybe Spiceworld?

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    • alexr

      Mar 15th 2012, 11:49

      @ilikescifi I have tried so hard to forget about those two movies, and here you are bringing them up again. I now have to hunt you down...and kill you. It's a Catcher in the Rye thing...

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    • aragorn01

      Mar 22nd 2012, 13:30

      maaannn..i'm so SUPER psyched this movie coming out just next month. BUT...marvel should pay more attention to the pictures the media are using, i.e., this new total film issue's cover. evans, renner and johansson look rather silly in that photo..ESPECIALLY, Chris Evans in that weird looking helmet as Cap'n America. they gotta provide the pics to make sure the movie's promotional stuff don't discourage people (the non comic book fans) from going to see their movie.

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