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.
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
This makes a lot of sense. Especially when a bulk of the audience will be "everyday Joes" and will not know the canon or care about the history of the characters. Go Avengers!
DAVIDPD on Jan 13, 2012
Interesting concept, but makes the most sense as Steve's story coming into this new world that he doesn't understand.
Luke Banham on Jan 13, 2012
I recall seeing a small clip where Cap had a go at Ironman for having to use a suit, pretty lame when Cap had to bulked up into what he is. Not sure Cap's got the best POV....
Steven on Jan 13, 2012
That's taken directly from the comic. Cap's always had issues with ironman's use to tech
Wragsink on Jan 13, 2012
i see those two going to war against each other in some sequel
Jericho on Jan 14, 2012
Interesting - do you know why?
Steven on Mar 23, 2012
At least its nice to hear the movie won't be totally focused round Iron Man, as the trailers seem to show. And on the topic of each character getting their fair share of screen time....The Hulk better get the same time also, as the trailer didn't make note of.
JBrotsis on Jan 13, 2012
They will use Iron Man in previews to bring people in but focus heavily on lesser known characters like Cap and Thor to help boost their sequel attendance.
Kaim on Jan 13, 2012
I think they were keeping Hulk out of the trailer because he's the most cgi intensive character. Probably gotta lot more work to be done before they show more.
Jasonmd2020 on Jan 13, 2012
I think its a brilliant idea.
Xerxexx on Jan 13, 2012
stfugtfo on Jan 13, 2012
great! may can't come soon enough.
grapefruit on Jan 13, 2012
Actually... This makes me a bit more excited to see it now whereas before i thought it was just going to be Iron Man and Friends...
Roderick on Jan 14, 2012
There's going to be a Superbowl trailer right?
MithunOnThe.Net on Jan 14, 2012
maybe because he's the freaking leader of the avengers???? read a damn comic people
Whatsxhisxname on Jan 17, 2012
wATCH YOUR MOTHAFUCKA LANUAGE!
Mkain on Mar 22, 2012
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