Whedon Made 'The Avengers' Mostly from Steve Rogers' Perspective
by Ethan Anderton
January 13, 2012
With the forthcoming release of The Avengers this summer, Marvel is poised to be taking one of the biggest risks in the surge of comic book films over the past decade as they bring together four separate superhero film franchises into one singular epic superhero ensemble. With that many characters, one of the challenges is going to be making sure Thor, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America get enough screen-time and work together seamlessly, but director Joss Whedon recently talked to Entertainment Weekly and recounted another issue he had to overcome with a pretty damn good solution.
Here's what Whedon had to say about his predicament in adapting The Avengers:
"I set out with a very simple problem: There is no reason for these people to be in the same movie. So that's what my movie has to be about. So much of the movie takes place from Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) perspective, since he's the guy who just woke up and sees this weird ass world. Everyone else has been living in it."
It's a pretty simple solution, and one that allows the audience to learn more about Nick Fury and The Avengers initiative along with Steve Rogers (Captain America). In fact, it might even help make the film more of a standalone feature so that audiences who may be inexplicably drawn to this ensemble and not the characters' individual films, can watch and enjoy this film with no problem. Keep in mind, this doesn't mean that Captain America is the main character, but it's simply a way of framing the story. Whedon adds, "You get them in a world, the world of S.H.I.E.L.D., where they fit in. And you say, upfront, these are monsters. These are freaks. These are not you and me, and what are they doing here? How are they human beings?” I can't help but be glad that Whedon ended up with this gig and can't wait to see The Avengers this summer.