Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS 2, Says He “Desperately Wanted to Say More About These Characters”

     September 19, 2012


You would think that saying “yes” to returning to direct The Avengers 2 would have come easily to Joss Whedon and you wouldn’t be wrong.  But the fan-favorite director of the year’s biggest film did have to mull over the decision a bit before finally accepting.  Not that it was a difficult task to turn down gazillions of dollars.  But Whedon still seems to carry a chip on his shoulder about past failures that fell by the wayside through no fault of his own.   The success of The Avengers was a huge step in giving Whedon creative freedom going forward and it appears as if he’s ready to put his signature mark on the franchise with The Avengers 2.  Hit the jump to read comments from Whedon himself on accepting the director’s chair again. 

joss-whedon-avengers-set-photo-hawkeye-bowWhedon recently did a number of interviews in which he commented on his thought process on returning to direct The Avengers 2.  The first film was certainly a trial for him.  NME quotes him as saying that The Avengers was, “an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story.”  But Whedon seems a bit more enthusiastic and optimistic about the sequel, saying:

Avengers 2, it wasn’t a tough decision. For a long time I thought, ‘Well, it’s just not going to happen’, [but] when I actually started to consider it, it became so clear that I desperately wanted to say more about these characters.

“It would’ve been an easy no and it was a spectacularly easy yes.  There was no wrestling. Either scenario was delightful. It was a win-win, but I’m very excited about it.”

In another interview with CoCreate, Whedon shared an amusing anecdote about his decision making process when presented with the opportunity to return for 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 they 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.”

The Avengers 2 hits theaters May 1st, 2015.


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  • Jeff

    Whedon has said the studio cut a lot “him” out of the first movie. While I’m excited he’s back, I hope they don’t completely give him carte blanche. Whedon is a story-telling-genius, but sometime a little restraint is good for himfor him. Dollhouse was a mind-bending show that became something extraordinary, but you wouldn’t know it from the first 4 or 5 episodes.

    • THundersauresrex

      actually very famously Whedon re did the movie by himself and they let him have full reigns. They dont have the over bearing Producers taht were present with Iron Man 2 cause Fiege is teh only dude that is 100% involved and he has actually been the driving force on alot of the stories to begin with. The movie was suppose to be more Captain America HEavey and Whedon Famously (Cause he went back on his word which confused fans about Cap taking a side role.) pulled the plug on his original idea and edited it in a different way in post. Whedon even added both the post scenes of Shwarma and Thanos was Whedons idea as well. People that seem to fall into this rut of just bad mouthing producers need to do it on movies that actually have that happen and do their research correctly. This was Whedon … all Whedon. I know Fiege and writer Zack Penn had been involvement VERY early on. Penn even said a lot of his stuff didnt even make the film (But that the skrull invasion which was in his script in a different way made it into the film.) and all Fiege said was that he wanted to go Cosmic which is when Whedon suggested THanos. ALSO further more the actors on set adn in behidn the scenes footage also said nothing was ever changed from the get go(a few scenes were re written but only by Whedon who leave set for a few minuts and come back with hand written changes to implement.) . There wasnt even an adlibs happening on set which was a question that was thrown at RDJ cause of his notoriety on Iron Man so that would also point out that the script was Whedons and that was that. Whedon also famously met with each of the actors before production started and had them re write some scenes…he even said that because the other characters were already made he could “Baby” the HUlk and make him his own which Kevin Fiege was on board with.

  • Shaun

    “But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool,”

    In other words, for once Marvel didn’t get all cheap and actually ponied up the money.