It Begins: Joss Whedon Starts Shooting Marvel's 'The Avengers' Today
Over a year ago, on April 13, we officially confirmed that fan-favorite Joss Whedon would be directing Marvel's long-awaited epic superhero team-up The Avengers, coming 2012. Well today, April 25th, 2011, marks the first day of shooting on The Avengers. It's finally happening - all those dreams you've had about seeing Iron Man team-up with Hulk and Thor and Captain America on the big screen - they're all about to come true. At least once this hits theaters next May. To kick off the first day, Whedon himself took to the website Whedonesque.com (via EW) to write a quick note about the huge adventure he is embarking upon.
Here is most of Joss Whedon's note, but as always, be sure to click to Whedonesque read the entire thing.
Hi Pumpkins, joss here.
Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I'm legally permitted to say that). Day one. That's right. We'll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:
[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss's keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in "Stormy Monday", drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]
Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I'll be checking in from time to time, if there's news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news -- I have some very denty pillows to remind of that -- but I may have tidbits. (They're not about Firefly. I should say that up front, if only to protect Sis Mo from the HATORZ.)…
So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I'm off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I'm pretty sure it's about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I'll get it. I've been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.
I've got to say, compared to Peter Jackson who has taken to Facebook to keep the fans updated about The Hobbit (also coming in 2012), Whedon isn't that great of a writer, I prefer Jackson's notes already. Should we be concerned that he re-wrote The Avengers script? Probably not, but there wasn't much I enjoyed reading in there. To be completely honest, I'm way more excited that this is even happening, that Marvel (and Disney) and everyone else has actually made an Avengers movie happen. We can only hope Justice League is next, right? We'll continue to keep you updated as production and the summer season begin, with Thor and Captain America coming up, too. Do you think Joss Whedon can pull off The Avengers?