Joss Whedon talks up The Avengers

Promises he won’t “turn it into a lull fest”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon has talked with those lovely people over at SFX about his upcoming, much-anticipated comic book movie adap The Avengers.

In the exclusive chat, the one-time Buffy creator and all-round geek guru revealed the difficulty of keeping the momentum going when there are so many interesting dynamics to play with.

“What I will struggle with, in the outline and throughout, is that I would like to put these actors in a room and just make Glengarry Glen Ross,” he jests. “We’re talking about really exciting people and at the same time I have to keep the momentum of the thing going. I can’t let it turn into a lull fest.”

He does promise, however, that “by the end of the movie you will feel ‘in’ with these guys”, something that he is certain to pull off. Considering the skill with which he balanced a multitude of different characters on Buffy, Angel and Firefly, we have no doubt that he can do justice to the Avengers.

Meanwhile, Whedon adds that he’s especially excited to have Mark Ruffalo on board as the new Hulk, after Ed Norton’s much-publicised departure.

“[Marvel] don’t hire Mark Ruffalo to say one iconic line and strike a pose,” he says. “They hire him because he has so much humanity in him. He’s the antithesis of the iconic actor. He’s so human.

“He was my first choice to play the part, and the fact he is playing the part is nuts! They went to great lengths to make that happen and they understood exactly why he was right for the part.”

Check out the full interview at the shiny SFX website.

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    • MarvelManiac

      Sep 28th 2010, 18:21

      To be honest i think it sounds good, was worried they wouldn't pull it of properly but he seems to know what he is talking about. If tey id Civil Wa in the first film everyone who doesn't read comics would be like 'who is that again?'. We need to introduce them with the basic avengers assembling against Loki. Then maybe a sequel or a few that cover the Civil War because that wil be a lot of casting and a lot of characters. People need to be eased in and the best guy to do that is Mr Weadon :D let's just hope its not a typical good guys get beat alone and team up against bad guy for the grear good.

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    • Rusco87

      Sep 28th 2010, 18:44

      to be honest I'm surprised whedon was considered for a project like this. there are alot of other directors that would be better suited. I've been watching the filming of captin America in Manchester I have to say the sets look great a chris Evans has beefed up big time for the role.

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    • MagneticEye84

      Nov 29th 2010, 22:13

      Joss Whedon is extremely over rated. People talk about how he's great with ensemble casts so that makes him well suited to "The Avengers" NO it doesn't. Working with ensemble casts is part and parcel of a Director's skillset anyway. He should stay in TV land and keep right away from trying to make movies. They look like extended TV episodes. I am dreading to see what is going to happen to my favourite team of superheroes "The Avengers". I have been reading the comic books since age 10 in 1975 and fear that the aesthetics, characterisations and dialogue will be full of Whedonisms which won't be true and faithful to the books. MARVEL STUDIOS should have hired an experienced and distinguished (A list) Director to helm what undoubtebly is meant to be an unprecedented cinematic epic blockbuster. That's NEVER going to happen with Joss Whedon directing.

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    • Alcatrazisland

      Jan 24th 2011, 17:37

      @MagneticEye84....So what are you basing this opinion on that Whedon's movies look like extended TV episodes...? Since he's only directed one feature to date, and that was Serenity which was the closure for his cancelled TV series Firefly so was bound to be somewhat like an extended TV episode!! As for working with an ensemble being part of a director's skill-set I don't think that's true either, some directors are far better at working with an ensemble than others, and some (like Robert Altman for example) have almost made a career out of it!! And let's not forget that Joss wrote the screenplay for Toy Story...surely showing great ability to write for a large number of larger than life characters in a feature!! Plus he's a big comic geek, so I don't see why you feel he won't get the characters right, his draft of the X-Men movie was reported to be better than the final product. I think you should at least give him the benefit of the doubt. Once we've seen the Captain America movie we can see how his contribution to the script affect that character's portrayal on the big screen.

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