It's one thing to talk about the man, and another to hear from the man himself. Joss Whedon has broken his silence about all things Marvel, from his work on the "Avengers" sequel to his role in the films leading up to his second go at Earth's mightiest heroes. Not to mention some intel on his new "S.H.I.E.L.D." television series, of course.
Read on for the goodies!
On the alternate "Avengers" opening: "The rollout to the Avengers getting to Loki was so gradual that people were getting restless. I thought Cobie nailed it, and the reason I thought it was necessary is because I was trying to make a war movie and I wanted to give context that something bad had happened in the past. In a war movie, you don't know who's going to live or die, but you do know that this war happened and that [the characters] are going to be in a dire circumstance, and I wanted to create that atmosphere. I was able to get what I needed without doing that."
On his new Marvel deal: "It's going to be an insane few years, but I feel ready for that. It's an unholy amount of productivity, but as long as I give it all I can, it's a good thing. What's great is that the deal with Marvel is nonspecific, so I will give all I can, but the moment I can't, I just walk away. The moment I say, 'You know, I'd like to help more on this project, but I need this time for The Avengers,' there's no obligation. It's not like, 'You must spend this amount of time on this movie.' It's as much as it needs to be."
On the "Avengers" sequel: "The Avengers sequel, I'm pretty on fire with that." "I'm incredibly excited about the next story that I'm going to tell."
On the "S.H.I.E.L.D." series: "The S.H.I.E.L.D. show kind of dropped in my lap, and I love working in TV. I get to really build a show with people I really trust and love. What we’re building is entirely autonomous from The Avengers. It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think." "The important thing to me is that we know what the show is. We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn't like, We're trying to find this because you want a TV show, it was, Check this out. And that's a good way to walk in a room."
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