Is THE AVENGERS Script “The Best Script for a Marvel Movie Ever?”

     March 14, 2011


Though Marvel is releasing Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger this year, everyone knows the true flick that has fans waiting with bated breath is the all-star event that is The Avengers. Writer/director Joss Whedon is assembling his team of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johanssen to start shooting the film very soon. While plot details are under lock and key, James Gunn, writer/director of the Rainn Wilson indie-superhero flick Super recently spoke at SXSW, picked up by Wired, about what he’s heard regarding Whedon’s script for The Avengers:

“Everybody I know who’s read it says it’s by far the best script for a Marvel movie ever. I’m very, very excited about it. Nobody loves superheroes more than Joss. He’s really got his heart in the right place.”

I think fans the world over can effectively let out a tiny sigh of relief at that confirmation from cult-favorite Gunn, though the anticipation/trepidation is far from over as the flick’s got a long way to go before it reaches audiences. The refreshingly candid bits from Gunn revolve around Hollywood’s current obsession with superhero movies, and are definitely worth checking out over at Wired. The Avengers is slated for a May 4th, 2012 release.


  • Brandon

    That’s good to hear Adam. Are you satisfied with the previous work Marvel has done or disappointed?

  • SuperFrog

    I’m sure the script is great. But the headline here (and on other sites) is misleading. James Gunn never said it’s the best script for a Marvel movie ever. He hasn’t even read it. He said that people he’s talked to who HAVE read it say it’s the best script for a Marvel movie ever. We don’t know who he’s talked to. Someone at Marvel? Kevin Feige? Joss Whedon?

    Again, I’m sure the script is great. But people get too excited and, far more often, too negative over meaningless tidbits of information.

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      you’re right. we’re changing the headline

  • Wolstenholme

    This also doesn’t specify weather a Marvel Productions movie or Marvel in the broader sense including all the hero’s under the moniker… if the latter, I’d say Spider-Man 2 has that title

  • Scared for Movies

    There’s apart of me that’s sad because I feel all these Avenger movies are going to follow the template for Iron Man 2. Which I thought was horrible in comparison with the first Iron Man. The trailers for Thor, Captain America, (and though it’s off topic) Green Lantern seem in the vain of IM2/Wolverine Origins. Kind of thoughtless fun. I hope The Avengers is going to be the best Marvel movie ever but I have my doubts. Damn you Chris Nolan, you’ve ruined super hero movies for me. Now I want my super hero movies to have substance.

    • Mike

      you seriously lump IM2 and Xmen origins Wolverine into the same catogery?

      • Scared for Movies

        Iron Man 2 wasn’t far off. I found it highly superficial. It really didn’t do anything better than the first. I thought it was obvious the studio had their money grubbing hands in every facet of production. Apparently Favreau’s thanks for doing such a great job on the first one. A lot like Spider Man 3. No, Iron Man 2 wasn’t as bad as Wolverine or Spider Man 3 but it wasn’t far off.

  • Jesus

    Psst…the idiom is actually “bated breath”, no one was eating worms or minnows.

  • Excpired

    Wolsten, I started writing to disagree with you and say Iron Man was better but then I remembered the ending, and I became more inclined to agree with you.

    Either way I am holding my breath on this film. I love Joss Whedon and all he has done for my personal entertainment over the last 13 years of my life. I’m worried because the mass public has yet to accept a Whedon film, even though Serenity was pretty awesome (though I have to say it felt kind of small; like it wanted to go out w/ a big bang before it even got started).

    I’ve never been a huge fan of The Avengers or the concept of it, but if Whedon can create a dazzling script and make the characters pop on screen (and he is wonderful with an ensemble cast) then this movie could be something special.

    • Jenn

      I agree Excpired, I’m curious to see what he can do with that caliber of actors. Not to discredit his Angel, Serenty alumni however Robert Downey Jr is amazing.

  • dogg

    By all rights this thing ought to be a train wreck. The phrase “The Expendables in tights” comes to mind. But I can’t count Whedon out. The guy made a great movie from a canceled TV series, and before that made a great series (Buffy) from a god awful movie. Dude’s a freakin’ wizard.

    • Scared for Movies

      You do know Whedon was apart of that movie and without it your precious Tv series would have never came to be.

  • David Scholes

    I do believe that the Avengers will be the big one among the Marvel movies.

    Any movie with Thor, Cap, Iron Man, and the Hulk etc should do well. Pleased to here that the script is so good.

    As with the comic, back in the day, it was always a bit difficult finding a credible villan or roup of villans.

    As an Aussie science fiction writer:
    I’ve been a Marvel Thor fan since the original Journey into Mystery of August 1962.

    If you get a chance check out some of my Marvel (mainly Odin and Thor) fan fiction. Just scroll down below my author profile and you will see over 40 fan fiction stories here:

  • cM

    The key to making Avengers great will lie on Whedon bringing out the humor inherent in all of these giant, larger than life egos having to work together for a common goal.

  • Jenn

    Ohhh how I love Joss Whedon… and how funny is that picture of him. He looks helplessly out of place. Seriously though its about f’ing tim someone let him direct/write a movie like this *cough* X-Men The Last Stand.

  • Pgitt
    That’s really heartening to hear. It isn’t so much that I care about the Avengers. I hope the film is good for entertainment’s sake, but mostly I want more studios to construct large-scale, interlocking films. Television has stolen so much creative talent because they allow storytellers to create longer arcs and explore the characters with greater depth. If the Avengers tanks, no studio would attempt such a grand project.

  • Pgitt
    As a sidenote: how short is Mark Ruffalo? Both he and Robert Downey Jr. yield a height of 5’9″ through a quick Google search. But Downy looks like he has a few inches on him. It doesn’t look like Downey is wearing heels or anything. Google also says Jeremy Renner is 5’10″. He’s standing farther back from the two, but I would say that height is generous as well.

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  • Zzzzzzzz…

    Meh….sounds like a bunch of hyperbole to me….

  • Zzzzzzzz…

    Meh…..sounds like a bunch BS and hyperbole if anything.

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