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Jan. 24, 2012by: Paul Shirey

With the release of yesterday's Empire magazine covers and new images, there was also some conversation with the filmmakers, including writer/director Joss Whedon, who shared these bits of information, giving a picture into the process of filming the monster that is Marvel's THE AVENGERS:

On the challenge of penning a story servicing each characters' existing storylines, as well their future solo ventures, Whedon says:

"It was an up-all-month job. Finding the characters' voices was not only easy, but glorious fun - it doesn't suck to write Tony Stark - yet finding the structure was just brutal. I haven't had that much trouble making a screenplay work since Serenity, and embarrassingly, for the exact same reason: there's just too many characters."

Rehashing on initially approaching the story as "Iron Man and friends," Whedon assures us that:

"It's a full ensemble. Some people may feel they're a little more marginal, but nobody was counting the lines, or going, 'How come he's got and I don't got?' At the end of the day, they knew they were going to get their moment and I was going to give them something glorious."

Discussing an unexpected reality during filming, which shot down nightmares that the ensemble cast wouldn't get along, Whedon amusingly says, while affecting a serious manner:

"When I had everybody on screen, you really saw an uglier side of all these guys, because they would not stop chatting. Giggle giggle giggle, chat chat chat. Literally the only time I raised my voice when were filming was because these guys would not shut up and we had to roll. Don't get me wrong - you would see them standing next to each other going, 'Is his costume cooler? Are his muscles bigger?' But every single one of them was rooting for the other."

Commenting on the pivotal post-production stage, when asked about his mental state in the middle of the editing process, Whedon admits:

"It's like a sea. I can't see either shore. I'm pretty sure I will drown. Don't even call me Ishamael. The experience doesn't feel any different from when I was running three TV shows and my son was born. Really the same. Not so huge. As far as the press goes, they don't put it on me," reflects Whedon. He pauses. "And I don't feel it. It ain't my money. I don't care!"

I always find Whedons perspective interesting in terms of the process. He seems to be very grounded with such a huge weight on his shoulders, realizing whats at stake, but at the same time remaining focused on the outcome of the product, not the stress of getting it done.We'll find out how well he did very soon.

Coming on the heals of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Bane figure tease yesterday, Hot Toys has released a similar tease of the Bad Motherf*cker himself, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in THE AVENGERS. Im looking forward to seeing the full reveal of Hot Toys'; line up for both franchises as they will no doubt be amazing. Check it out:

Lastly, we have a bit of a spoiler with a look at Iron Mans armor in THE AVENGERS, courtesy of toy manufacturer Kotobukiya. It's still the standard cool-looking armor only with more silver highlights and bigger shoulder armor. The main difference is the arc reactor in his chest.

Here, it is the circular one as seen in the first IRON MAN film instead of the new element triangular version that Stark created in IRON MAN 2. A lot of speculation over this for some reason, but it falls in line with the Tony Stark ever-evolving state of armor in the comics. He always seems to have a newer, better suit waiting in the wings for when the shit gets thick (i.e. final battle armor), so perhaps this is the case?

Based on the recent trailer for THE AVENGERS, Iron Man is seen with the triangular version throughout. May 4th, 2012 will reveal all when The Avengers assemble and fight NOT the skrulls.

Extra Tidbit: Are you team circular arc reactor or team triangular reactor? This is serious.

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1:13AM on 01/26/2012
Circle.
Circle.
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12:52PM on 01/25/2012
I was always under the impression that the triangular version was just a prototype until he figured out a way to where these pieces would not poison him or even kill him any longer, of course he figured it out thanks to his dad's old paperwork.
I was always under the impression that the triangular version was just a prototype until he figured out a way to where these pieces would not poison him or even kill him any longer, of course he figured it out thanks to his dad's old paperwork.
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8:24AM on 01/25/2012
Might sound like a dumb argument, but I've always preferred the circular detailing on Iron Man's chest, purely because the inverted triangle is a bit too similar to Superman. A thoroughly geeky thing to have an opinion on at all, but there it is.
Might sound like a dumb argument, but I've always preferred the circular detailing on Iron Man's chest, purely because the inverted triangle is a bit too similar to Superman. A thoroughly geeky thing to have an opinion on at all, but there it is.
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5:55AM on 01/25/2012

I Love This

I love Joss Whedon. This man lives and breathes comics and has an amazing ability to tell stories. This will be the biggest film of the summer(sorry DKR) and is anybody else impressed with the fact taht despite all the reveals so far we still have not seen a clear picture of the Hulk. Maybe we still have a few surprises in this beast
I love Joss Whedon. This man lives and breathes comics and has an amazing ability to tell stories. This will be the biggest film of the summer(sorry DKR) and is anybody else impressed with the fact taht despite all the reveals so far we still have not seen a clear picture of the Hulk. Maybe we still have a few surprises in this beast
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12:49AM on 01/25/2012
What better way to complete the build up to The Avengers with Joss Whedon at the helm. This movie is going to be amazing in every way.

Definitely a movie that is going to require multiple viewings.
What better way to complete the build up to The Avengers with Joss Whedon at the helm. This movie is going to be amazing in every way.

Definitely a movie that is going to require multiple viewings.
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12:21AM on 01/25/2012
At first I wasn't completely sold on this however, the more I see the more interested I become. I'm looking forward to this now.
At first I wasn't completely sold on this however, the more I see the more interested I become. I'm looking forward to this now.
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11:09PM on 01/24/2012
God, Iron Man looks awesome.

I'm on the fence for the circular or triangle piece. I want circular, but if they brought the new element and shit in with the triangle, they should keep it so people don't complain. I'm only confused about every toy and picture having the circular chest piece when I see triangle in the trailers. Hopefully Whedon sheds some light on whether the chest pieces are part of Tony's mini-story in the movie, which I wouldn't mind.
God, Iron Man looks awesome.

I'm on the fence for the circular or triangle piece. I want circular, but if they brought the new element and shit in with the triangle, they should keep it so people don't complain. I'm only confused about every toy and picture having the circular chest piece when I see triangle in the trailers. Hopefully Whedon sheds some light on whether the chest pieces are part of Tony's mini-story in the movie, which I wouldn't mind.
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10:32PM on 01/24/2012
Joss is Boss. I pray it's as clever as Serenity! That Iron Man statue is pure bad ass!!!!
Joss is Boss. I pray it's as clever as Serenity! That Iron Man statue is pure bad ass!!!!
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7:58PM on 01/24/2012

Team Circular.

In comics or other media I prefer the circle because that's what the Mark I had giving the suits a continuity, also it evokes a gear, AND I always thought the triangle was a bit too Superman-y.
In comics or other media I prefer the circle because that's what the Mark I had giving the suits a continuity, also it evokes a gear, AND I always thought the triangle was a bit too Superman-y.
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6:43PM on 01/24/2012
I really hope the movie is epic & is well over 2 hours long.
I really hope the movie is epic & is well over 2 hours long.
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5:33PM on 01/24/2012
So far this looks like it's shaping up to be a really fun film.
But another maskless pic of Cap?
So far this looks like it's shaping up to be a really fun film.
But another maskless pic of Cap?
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1:55PM on 01/24/2012

I don't care either

I don't care what design. But the figure looks awesome. That armour looks really cool. Can't wait to see it in the movie. These little updates make me so excited for this one.
I don't care what design. But the figure looks awesome. That armour looks really cool. Can't wait to see it in the movie. These little updates make me so excited for this one.
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1:15PM on 01/24/2012
I'm Team "Whatever gets me a lapdance from Scarlett Johansson in her Black Widow uniform" and proud of it!
I'm Team "Whatever gets me a lapdance from Scarlett Johansson in her Black Widow uniform" and proud of it!
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1:08PM on 01/24/2012

I don't care.

It doesn't matter to me which design they use for Tony Stark's chest as long as this movie caves balls in. This is right up there with the Dark Knight for me. That a major film studio has pulled this film model off is amazing and bodes well for the future. Instead of a popular film that spawns a sequel, and then a watered down spin-off of some character we have gotten a series of stellar stand alone films (and sequels) that all fed intentionally into what will (hopefully) be an epic joint film.
It doesn't matter to me which design they use for Tony Stark's chest as long as this movie caves balls in. This is right up there with the Dark Knight for me. That a major film studio has pulled this film model off is amazing and bodes well for the future. Instead of a popular film that spawns a sequel, and then a watered down spin-off of some character we have gotten a series of stellar stand alone films (and sequels) that all fed intentionally into what will (hopefully) be an epic joint film. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before in film. Much less on this scale. Awesome.
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12:55PM on 01/24/2012
im team circular, but for continuity sake, i think iron man should keep the triangular chest piece it premiered in iron man 2
im team circular, but for continuity sake, i think iron man should keep the triangular chest piece it premiered in iron man 2
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