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Joss Whedon Talks an Original Hesitancy to Return For 'Avengers 2'

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September 19, 2012
Source: FastCoCreate

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From the moment The Avengers burst onto the scene earlier this summer, all doubts were put to rest about whether or not Joss Whedon was the man to direct Marvel's unprecedented superhero experiment. Blending action, energy, humor, and character together, Whedon did the improbable...but would he do it again? We waited to hear if he would come back for a sequel, and when it was announced that he'd be back (and would also tackle some TV work for Marvel), we all breathed a big sigh of relief. But it wasn't an easy decision for Whedon, who told FastCoCreate (via SlashFilm) how he decided to come back for the sequel.

Here's what Whedon said about making his decision to direct Marvel's The Avengers 2:

There's a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn't think it was going to happen--I was like 'I'm never going to do this again.' But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish and chips and a pint and started writing in my notebook. I'm writing if I was going to do this what would I say and 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent and said to make the deal. I'm so in love with that universe and the characters and the way they were played and I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can't match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film and that's what I'm excited about, that's the new room of fear I'm entering now.

Amen. This isn't like a Transformers 4 situation in which the studio essentially bribes Michael Bay to come back to direct another entry. This is a situation in which Whedon, all alone and without any studio pressure, filled an entire notebook of ideas and stories that he wants to tell. That passion came through in the first movie, and I'm sure it'll transfer again in his coming efforts for Marvel, and it's cool to hear this sort of behind the scenes insight into how a major decision like that was made. Reminds me of the stories you hear about how George Lucas and Steven Spielberg hit Hawaii and came up with the idea for Indiana Jones.

It's also interesting to hear Whedon say he knows he can't match the success of the first film. It's possible (likely, even?) that Avengers 2 could make as much or even more than the first one, considering that 3D probably isn't going anywhere and the first one already has a massive worldwide following of fans who saw it multiple times. Not that box office is in any way an indicator of quality, but it's still worth mentioning. I do like that he's saying he wants to make a "better film", because by his own admission, Avengers wasn't a great movie it was just a "great time" and it's really cool to know he's savvy enough to know the difference. Obviously we're big fans, and are anxiously awaiting The Avengers 2 when it hits theaters May 1st, 2015.

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  • Richie G
    Whedon always says things that make me think he and I could be friends. He's media smart, I'll give him that
  • Zanpher
    Anyone can make a better film then the first slap stick comedy. So yeah, the only way is up.
  • http://twitter.com/FidelReyes_ Fidel Reyes
    I highly respect Joss Whedon, he's a great screenwriter/director and he seems to be a pretty noble guy, I have no doubt he will make the best movie he can out of the Avengers 2, and not to mention he will probably respect the ideas and directions of all the other directors currently working on MCU phase-2 Movies.
  • DAVIDPD
    I mean, yeah, it sounds like he just did some thinking. But isn't that bog-standard reason in this case. He directed one of the most profitable films ever, and now he has to do it all over again and bigger.
  • http://www.facebook.com/avi.smulders Avi Smulders
    Josh Whedon is a straight up guy with no pretentious fantasy to be the best. He just want to tell stories, that's it! I like him because the story and script always comes first...
  • LosZombies
    Just remember that BIGGER isnt always BETTER. Tread carefully Mr. Whedon :D
  • ragethorn
    Nolan wannabe.
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      Yea because we all know how much Nolan loves to talk to the press and his fans.
  • Payne by name
    Anyone else read that and think how cool it would have been if you could have been in that London pub and just been able to have a good old chat with Whedon, film lover to film lover, about the Avengers, Serenity etc. I am a Londoner so that might have made it cross the mind more readily.
  • MZ
    "This isn't like a Transformers 4 situation in which the studio essentially bribes Michael Bay to come back to direct another entry. This is a situation in which Whedon, all alone and without any studio pressure, filled an entire notebook of ideas and stories that he wants to tell." - Ben Pearson Wait... what? Are we reading two entirely different original quotes from Whedon about why he came back? Or did we just choose to highlight different sections from his quote that give off contradictory points of view. You highlighted “Do I have another story to tell about these people?”, “I didn't think it was going to happen”, “I'm so in love with that universe and the characters” and “I can try to make a better film” (Btw, the film was awesome! I'm a Marvel Zombie I don't see how he can top it). But here's what I took from Whedon's original quote and it gives off a totally different vibe on why he eventually decided to come back. And sorry, it's not about “I'm so in love with this universe and the characters”.. "There's a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn't think it was going to happen--I was like 'I'm never going to do this again.' But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish and chips and a pint and started writing in my notebook. I'm writing if I was going to do this what would I say and 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent and said to make the deal. I'm so in love with that universe and the characters and the way they were played and I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can't match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film and that's what I'm excited about, that's the new room of fear I'm entering now”. I've been a fan of Whedon and what he's created for a long time. Don't get me wrong. I love what the guy creates and I think he's better at it than most. But from his own quote, I can't shake the feeling his new exclusive deal with Marvel has more to do about money than anything else. If you love the characters so much and have stories to tell about them, you don't think: “so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say?”, because if you did, they'd already be there. I still love Whedon. He's super talented and has a great creative mind. I love his past work and I loved The Avengers. He nailed it. I think he'll nail the sequel. But no, he's not doing it because he loves The Avengers, the characters or Marvel so much. He's doing it because they paid him a shit-load of money.
  • rennmaxbeta
    His decision was probably just a matter of how many zeros.

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