Marvel's Joe Quesada Dishes on 'Captain America', 'Thor' & 'Avengers'
We're just a couple months away from the theatrical release of Thor and his mighty hammer, and it's just another couple months after that we'll see Captain America: The First Avenger whip his shield around. Then just one short year later The Avengers will assemble for a superhero flick of epic proportions. Fans are undoubtedly excited, but Marvel's COO Joe Quesada could give them quite a run for their money. The executive has plenty to say about both of this summer's comic book blockbusters, their similarities and differences and even confirms The Avengers is already shooting and hypes the hell out of it.
As for the big screen adaptation featuring the God of Thunder, the Marvel COO couldn't be more thrilled, and he thinks even comic fans will be surprised by the film. Here's what he told Newsarama (via Collider):
“From a visual standpoint, it’s really exciting but in the hands of Kenneth Branagh and the entire cast, it’s a pretty phenomenal take on the character. I think comic fans kind of have an idea of what this movie is going to be like but they really don’t. They’re going to be in for an experience that’s wholly unique. I think for the people that don’t know who Thor is, even if you know the mythology, you’re not going to get, I think, what you’re going to expect. It’s going to be pretty radical and pretty amazing.”
So Quesada has already seen Thor, and in addition, he's fresh off of seeing director Joe Johnston's first cut of Captain America: The First Avenger. The executive discussed the differences and similarities between the two films:
"It's very tough to describe. I just saw the first director’s cut of 'Captain America' about a week and a half ago. There’s a very visual and visceral difference in the way that the movies are shot. There is a richness to both but they’re very, very different tonally. And of course Cap starts out as a period piece where as Thor is more of a fantastical piece although both are grounded very much in the real world."
Finally, the big news comes in the form of confirmation that The Avengers is already shooting, and Quesada is super pumped about it. I feel like if you hang out with him just for five minutes he could have me buying a broken blender. When asked if he thinks The Avengers can live up to the hype of being the ultimate superhero flick, here's what he had to say:
“Yes, I mean again, look at the cast. Just starting with the cast, it’s like a rock concert. It’s unbelievable, even in San Diego when they brought them all up on stage. You got to see all these amazing actors on stage. If you didn’t get chills up your spine, you have no pulse. Basically, you might as well call it a day, get yourself a casket and go home. And then you have Joss Whedon at the wheel. I’ve seen the screenplay, it’s amazing. I’ve seen what we’re going to do. I’ve seen designs; they’re out of this world. It’s going to be the quintessential superhero movie. I hesitate to say more but we’re really, really, excited about it.”
Personally, seeing all of The Avengers lined up on stage at Comic-Con last summer was a real treat and something I won't be forgetting anytime soon. Just knowing that we'll see all that talents and all these superheroes on one screen is not only unprecedented, but it's almost unbelievable. As much as I complain about the inner-workings of the film industry and piss-poor decisions Hollywood makes from time to time, the fact that something like The Avengers is becoming a reality just makes me happy to be part of this generation of movie-goers. Excited?