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Comic Con 2015: Joss Whedon talks!

07.12.2015
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I hope Joss Whedon is okay. The AVENGERS director and fanboy favorite hosted a one-man show in Hall H on Saturday that seemed more like a therapy session than a typical panel. In past years, Whedon has come to Comic Con energetic and excited to greet fans and show off his latest project. This year he seemed quiet and despondent and burnt out, mentioning multiple times that he wasn't sure which direction his career was going to go in. He didn't come out and say it, but it's pretty clear it all stemmed from whatever happened to him during the making/release of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. ("Five years ago a tornado ripped up my house and dropped it in the land of Marvel.")

It definitely made for an odd panel (though it did have a happy ending). Here are some highlights:

  • Whedon is currently exploring new ideas and formats but did say he would be getting back to comics next year with a new six-issue series Twist. He showed some cover art but didn't offer anything else about the work except to call the heroine a "Victorian female Batman."
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  • For fans hoping he will return to past projects, Whedon said his life's motto is "Earn what you already have" and he won't be falling back on anything he's already done. So don't expect "Muffy the Zombie Fighter."
  • He did briefly allude to the feminist controversy that erupted on social media following the release of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, saying "You're welcome for how I handled Natasha" and calling Comic Con "the cure for Twitter."
  • No news on a new season of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Everyone wants to do it but everyone is too busy.
  • Fan questions during the Q&A ranged from his favorite character (Buffy) to the connection between the honeycomb pattern seen in CABIN IN THE WOODS and Agents of SHIELD (there isn’t any), but one fan jokingly asked Whedon to explain human existence and got a surprisingly serious answer: 

    "The world is a random and meaningless, terrifying place and we all — spoiler alert — die. Most critters are designed not to know that, but we are designed weekly to transcend that. I can quote myself: A thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts. What we have right now and right here has as much meaning as anything we’re afraid of. The way we’re designed to do this: The main function of the human brain is storytelling. Memory is storytelling. If we all remembered everything, we’d be Rain Man and wouldn’t be socially happy. We learn to forget. We learn to distort. And from the very beginning we’re learning to tell a story about ourselves.

    He then compared himself to Rosie O'Donnell's ape character in TARZAN.

The panel ended with Whedon being awarded the Comic Con Icon Award. At least that made him smile.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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10:46AM on 07/13/2015
Age of Ultron was good. But something strange is happening to Joss Whedon. Maybe his personal life is having issues, but fans can tell. something strange is happening to him, emotionally.
Age of Ultron was good. But something strange is happening to Joss Whedon. Maybe his personal life is having issues, but fans can tell. something strange is happening to him, emotionally.
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10:37PM on 07/12/2015

He did the best he could

The humor in Age of Ultron fell flat because it was a darker story. The first Avengers movie worked so well that you could take any scene whatsoever from the movie and watch it over and over. The sequel had bits such as Captain America complaining about Iron Man's language that just fell flat. The second movie complemented the first movie nicely: we got to see more of Hawkeye, Hulk and the Black Widow, we got to see an Iron Man versus Hulk fight and we got to see the Avengers go to different
The humor in Age of Ultron fell flat because it was a darker story. The first Avengers movie worked so well that you could take any scene whatsoever from the movie and watch it over and over. The sequel had bits such as Captain America complaining about Iron Man's language that just fell flat. The second movie complemented the first movie nicely: we got to see more of Hawkeye, Hulk and the Black Widow, we got to see an Iron Man versus Hulk fight and we got to see the Avengers go to different locales (Eastern Europe, South Africa and Korea). As a bonus, we had the Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine and Falcon officially join the team at the end, increasing the ranks of the Avengers from six to ten. On top of that, the movie had some really good moments (the action scenes, the party scene, etc.)
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9:07PM on 07/12/2015
LOL fucking nerds @ Icon Award
LOL fucking nerds @ Icon Award
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6:42PM on 07/12/2015
Appreciate what he has done with the MCU at this point, but I'm all ready for the Russo Brothers to take over with Civil War, and Infinity Wars.
Appreciate what he has done with the MCU at this point, but I'm all ready for the Russo Brothers to take over with Civil War, and Infinity Wars.
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6:47PM on 07/12/2015
lol so you're just like Marvel, now that he's served his purpose and theyve spit him out chewed up and used, you move along with marvel to suit your needs.
lol so you're just like Marvel, now that he's served his purpose and theyve spit him out chewed up and used, you move along with marvel to suit your needs.
7:51PM on 07/12/2015
Yes, thats called the real world, happens in every industry
Yes, thats called the real world, happens in every industry
7:54PM on 07/12/2015
@The_ConMan I don't see how Marvel owes him anything. Those weren't his characters. They are completely justified in picking other people, if they feel it is the best for the films. He has nothing to complain about anyway. Marvel has definitely increased his profile, and given him the freedom to follow other projects. Welcome to the real world.
@The_ConMan I don't see how Marvel owes him anything. Those weren't his characters. They are completely justified in picking other people, if they feel it is the best for the films. He has nothing to complain about anyway. Marvel has definitely increased his profile, and given him the freedom to follow other projects. Welcome to the real world.
11:02PM on 07/12/2015
ya but what happened with Ultron? they blackmailed him forcing their scene (which made no sense) in exchange for his scene (which was one of the highlights of the movie). yes its their characters. but they should know that in his hands, they didn't need to meddle with it. Why do you think so many directors including Edgar Wright have dropped out of Marvel? and yes it is the real world and yes it happens in every industry and thats the problem. People are disposable assets to companies.
ya but what happened with Ultron? they blackmailed him forcing their scene (which made no sense) in exchange for his scene (which was one of the highlights of the movie). yes its their characters. but they should know that in his hands, they didn't need to meddle with it. Why do you think so many directors including Edgar Wright have dropped out of Marvel? and yes it is the real world and yes it happens in every industry and thats the problem. People are disposable assets to companies.
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