Joss Whedon Says THE AVENGERS Will Be from Captain America’s Perspective

     January 13, 2012


The Avengers is smorgasbord of superheroes and while it’s possible to do the movie from multiple perspective, writer-director Joss Whedon says we’ll see the movie mostly through one character’s eyes.  In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Whedon explains,

“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.”

Hit the jump for my thoughts on Whedon’s approach.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. JacksonThe Avengers opens in 3D on May 4th.

I think this is a smart move.  While it’s possible to try and give every character their take, and I’m sure not every scene features Rogers, someone needs to be the straight man.  Tony Stark may be the most popular character and the true “First Avenger”, but if he dominates the cast (and Downey easily could with his charisma), then The Avengers just becomes Iron Man n’ Friends.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Avengers:

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.


  • Liam_H

    Fantastic news. I certainly hope this means Rogers will take on the mantel as the leader by the end of the film. All this marketing with focus on Stark is just that.

  • G

    I agree this is a smart move. Also Captain America is the “leader” of the Avengers. It makes for a clearer story where there is a clear protagonist…and it’s faithful to the source material to make the protagonist Captain America. (also it’s nice that the movie has a better chance of not being Iron Man 2.5) Looking forward to this!

  • terry

    Sounds stupid as s***!
    Captain America ain’t s***! He is the most human; so the weakest. Hulk is a freak of nature, Thor is a God and Iron Man is an advanced machine with a man inside. But CA… Child please.

    • Liam_H

      Obviously you don’t know jack shit.

    • lolsauce

      To quote Guy from Galaxy Quest…. “Have you people even seen the show?”

      Obviously you only watched the movie (though that is questionable) and have ever read the comics. A mans greatest weapon is his mind. Cap has beaten everyone on the team at one time or another because he is a better tactician than all of them put together. Read some comics, enlighten your mind

      • Ruprect

        I am reminded of a scene from way back in my collecting days.

        I think it was the first Secret Wars (or perhaps an X-men/Avengers x-over) where Wolverine, when the idea of Cap leading things came up, says “Why should we follow him? He’s the least of us”. Thor promptly smacks Wolvie down by saying something to the effect of ” I am NOT the least of us and I would follow this man into Hellheim” (or Surtur’s fiery realm or whatever.)

        Always seemed a good example of Cap’s relationship to the rest of the Avengers. The only thing super-human about him is his ability to lead and garner the unwavering respect of those around him. That makes Cap totally righteous in my book.

        Oh, and terry ….. STFU, trollturd.

    • Dane

      As human as Cap is. He would F- up the rest of them….Reall he would

    • Matt

      Actually Terry Hawkeye is the most human among the team members. Its retarded to have him on the team in my opinion, the world goes to crap and he grabs his bow n arrow set lol. I hope Iron Man makes fun of him.

      Peace out!

  • Drew

    Terry obviously isn’t familiar with The Avengers… Captain America IS the leader of the Avengers. I’d be pissed off if this was the Tony Stark show.

    • ccraw13

      Agreed, Drew.
      Terry, obviously is lacking in his knowledge of the Avengers.

  • Matt

    ^Agreed. Sounds like they did the right thing, since he is in fact the leader of the Avengers and has been out for a while, I’m pretty stoked for this movie.

  • ScottX

    Well for some reason they put Cap vs Batman in the Marvel vs DC miniseires. That speaks about his skills. But honestly the movies characters aren’t exactly like their comic book contra-parts. I can’t imagine Downey Jr.’s Iron Man being as moronic and unlikeable as the Civil War’s Iron Man.

  • sense 11

    I like it

  • jarvis3205

    Welp…it finally sounds like somebody (Joss & co.) got it right. Being that Captain America truly is the FIRST Avenger…then he should run the show…but I supposed that Nick Fury’s gonna be the one to catch Cap up with the times. Having Tony Stark run it would be kinda ridiculous as he “doesn’t actually want to be a leader” anyways.

    Stark will probably dig on the exposure…but not pulling the reigns.

    Looks great & Chris Evans is fantastic.

    See Puncture & Sunshine…the guy’s got chops.

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  • dbrock

    I think that this is great because the very earliest Avengers comics is where they find Captain America and he joins the team. They set it up at the end of the Cap movie, and so the whole “man out of time” has to be something that is dealt with. It is supposed to be really difficult to adjust and Cap feels like he doesnt belong in a world where he doesnt understand the culture and where everyone he knows is dead. It wouldn’t make sense if he was just spent a day or two in the modern era and then just acclimates right away,so this shows that Whedon cares somewhat about the storylines. And then this way they don’t have to address this in a later movie and then they can go whatever direction they want to for Captain America 2.

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  • colin.

    I wish they had gotten off 2 ‘Captain America’ films before he needed to be frozen in ice for 70 years. Using that character for another story in the 50′s-60′s would have been great.

    Now how are they gonna do Captain America 2, Iron Man 3 or any other without it being an Avengers movie? Maybe a fan of the comics can fill me in on how it would be possible to tell individual stories for these characters anymore because I can’t figure out how to make it realistic that they wouldn’t just fight crime together all the time.

    • Twowolves

      That’s not really an issue. Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor have maintained individual comic titles even when they were members of the Avengers.

    • Convoy

      Well keep in mind that Captain America didn’t happen in the span of a few weeks. The movie starts in 1942 and it ends towards the end of WWII. So that’s a good three years worth of missions for Captain America to go on.

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  • BMTO

    @colin – I remember one of the producers mentioning late last year that they would love to go back and tell more wartime stories of Cap’s exploits. If you think about it, they DID gloss over quite a few years in that action montage 2/3 of the way through the film. I think if they’re smart, they can setup a story where the roots begin in WW2, and the resulting chaos ensues in the 21st century. With the right filmmaker and script it’s very possible. Hydra is a force to be reckoned with in both eras.

    Shut up terry, stop being wrong.

    • Ruprect

      I thought the same thing. Show one of Cap’s exploits in WWII and have the repercussions (and his need to finish the job) in present day.

    • dbrock

      yes…the action montage was one of my(and a lot of peoples) biggest problems with the Cap movie. Was it a few years? It could have been…it also could have been a few months,weeks,or even days. The movie was good,but would have been so much better if they had spent more time actually at WAR. So yes, it would be great for a sequel if they had some really gritty actual battle scenes with Cap that would set up a modern story…they do that it Cap comics sometimes and its always pretty cool.

    • colin.

      that’s a really great idea for a story linking the past to the present. i’d love to see them do something similar to that.

      it seems like that’s one of the free truly great options they have without resorting to time travel

  • rg9w

    Hello crappy movie.. Captain America was the worst and now it’s just gonna feel like Captain America 2.

    • Milo

      Agree, Cpt America was pretty meh. I like Evans but he is not really an outstanding actor, more like a pretty face and thats it.

      • agentmonday

        C’mon, the whole character is fairly bland sort of stuff.

      • agentmonday

        C’mon now, the whole character is fairly bland sort of stuff.

      • Robert

        Cap IS the only real choice to lead the Avengers. Although Iron Man is a great character he is also a very selfish and morally questionable character. The thing that sets Cap apart from the other Avengers is he comes from an era where the world was united against evil and he still sees things in that perspective. He sees the good in the world and people but he is not naive to evil. Of all the Avengers he is probably the only one with nothing to really gain by joining them. He joins them simply because it’s the right thing to do. Thor is probably in it for the adventure and because of Loki, Black Widow and Hawkeye work for S.H.I.E.L.D, Iron Man probably joins out of pure boredom and Hulk… Well Hulk does whatever the hell Hulk wants. Being completely human is not Captain America’s weakness, It’s his greatest strength.

  • Sean

    Honestly, I was worried Joss Whedon would pick Black Widow, since he tends to focus on female leads.

    Cap’s my favorite, and as a long time Marvel fan, this movie is a dream come true!

  • mephisto1138

    You guys ever going to figure out what “jump” means or how to actually write an article? Or just continue to essentially be a highly controlled message board with a few memb- “writers” spewing out your thoughts with little regard for prose or actually spreading information?

    Why am I even asking this? You won’t post this.

  • Frank

    It should be from Cap’s point of view. In the Secret Wars Thor said of Captain America “I would follow this man to the gates of Hel”. ‘Nuff said.

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  • spongefist

    Captain America was the worst movie of the lot, it was very very bad. But he is a great character and Evans does him well. Captain America was done by a ‘rent a director’ so what do you expect, Marvel just dropped the ball on that one. Here is hoping that Whedon sets it right.

  • Dan

    As long as they pull inspiration from The Ultimates, I’m down for whatever Joss has in mind. It sounds to me like a lot of the first volume will serve as a template. Following Cap as he deals with acclimating himself to the fact his loved ones are all gone or really old (like Gail and Bucky in Ultimates). That will probably only some of the first 20 – 30 minutes.

  • Jasper

    What the hell movlie were you all watching? Cap was great!

  • Rockslide

    I absolutely loved Captain America. I’m glad to hear he’ll be the lead in this, it really seems to make sense as the non- fanboy crowd will feel as lost as Cap in all this. It will help to explain things to them through Rogers. I still wonder if Loki will bring in Skrulls or some other alien race.

  • excpired

    After reading through a hundred fan-boys jizzing all over Captain’s butt I’m compelled to come out in defense of Iron Man.

    The only objection to CA being the highlight of the movie is his is a completely boring character with no real depth, but then I think about Buffy the vampire slayer and say, what the hell. Buffy was the least interesting and complex character in the entire show, yet it was still good because Joss knew how to pan out and run an ensemble cast. As much as this movie will be from the perspective of CA it really is about The Avengers, and everyone who identifies more with each individual character is going to get the opportunity to see them shine (just watch Serenity and you’ll see my point).

    Obviously the fanboys will say that CA is interesting, yadayada but nobody identifies with him in this generation, he is a lost comic book character. Much like the poster-child Superman. People identify with wit, technological superiority, and a little bit of cynicism. CA has none of that. That is why we see superheroes like Iron Man, Batman (and his villains), X-Men, and Spider-man dominating the scene. They have human qualities that people relate to, people aren’t looking for the ideal they are looking for someone to relate to. That is the question of Americans today, who is like me?

  • agentmonday

    Captain America as leader….i don’t think so…..Tony Stark makes for better sense. Anyway, I seriously doubt the ‘Captain’ has the same amount of international appeal as Ironman. To me, he seems like this sort of character who would have a star on his forehead if possible, thinking that his way is the only way and that he is some kind of symbol of salavation. To each their own I suppose, but I just can’t see him as a leader of this great group, especially with characters who seem far more complex, and therefore more interesting. If this movie is told from CA’s perspective, I don’t want to see it until it finds itself in the bargain bin of kmart, as I simple don’t want to view a film where there is more screen time given to this so called, ‘superhero’, and far less to characters such as Thor, Hulk and Loki.

  • Ken

    To all of the ignorant people railing against Captain America, you are merely proving that you do not know Marvel Comics. And if any of yu really think that THIS Tony Start as played by Robert Downey Jr would be a very good team leader, then I have to question as to whether or not you really paid a lot of very close attention to the two Iron Man movies.
    As for Captain America, the history of Marvel Comics has proven countless times, that Steve Rogers as Captain America is the very BEST leader that The Avengers has ever had!!! Period. End of discussion.

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  • Cameron

    It’s a nice concept but it all comes down to how the moneymen feel about marketing this movie. I’m sure a rough version is being viewed as we speak & decisions are being made. It’s obvious RDJ will be the main attraction to all the casual movie goers and as such it would make sense if the movie is marketed with him at the forefront. It seems it’s a movie with impossible standars to meet and it must be a nightmare for all involved – how much do we cater for the pure fanboys, how much do we cater for the vast majority that are just out for a few hours fun, do we just offer a balls out SFX fest like Transformers, should we try to entwine all these different story arcs from the various characters? Whatever way they go they’ll get bashed by someone. I hope that Whedon makes a fun romp (Although i’ve been a bit worried at his appointment to direct such a huge movie, normally the arena of well known directors like Nolan and James Cameron-no relation! lol) fingers crossed.
    Personally i think their best approach is to focus on Tony Stark/RDJ for maximum exposure. None of the stand alone movies have been great, maybe the 1st Iron Man can compare to the better superhero movies like Spider Man 2, Superman, Batman Begins, The Crow, but Marvel and Whedon need to hit a HUGE homerun because unluckily they are in the company of TDKR, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider Man, and of course the giant that is The Hobbit.

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