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Joss Whedon talks balancing action and character development for The Avengers

Sep. 27, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Like many of you, I'm a bit worried about THE AVENGERS with Whedon at the helm. Not because I don't believe in the man, but it's just that expectations are so high, and the project is so ambitious, there are so many ways it could be a let down in the end.

Hopefully the man's genius will shine through, and give us a superhero epic for the ages, but he's got a lot of challenges on his plate to work through first. Whedon recently chatted with SFX UK (via AICN) about what it's like working with Marvel so far, and how he's going to balance the blockbuster action that has to be a part of the film, with the character driven stories we know and love the man for. And also he answers the question many of us were wondering a while back: Mark Ruffalo?

"There are definitely stipulations and restrictions, but Kevin Feige is very active as a producer and worked with me a lot on the story, but they are absolutely honouring the fact that this is my film. What I kind of think ultimately defines Marvel Studios was the first thing they did and that was cast Robert Downey Jr. They said, 'What if we got greatactors and let them have some time to be the people they're supposed to be instead of going through the paces of hitting this mark and that mark?' They don't always 
get it right, but nobody does. But if 
you look at who they already had, and who they allowed me to add to the cast, they are thinking about the integrity of the characters. Obviously we have to get from point A to point B, and fans really want to see this – and ideas for set-pieces which I said are great. Now I'm going to make them matter and they are completely on board with the idea."

"What I will struggle with, in the outline and throughout, is that I would like to put these actors in a room and just make Glengarry Glen Ross," he laughs. "We're talking about really exciting people and at the same time I have to keep the momentum of the thing going. I can't let it turn into a lull fest. Knowing that I have enough time to do both of those things – that by the end of the movie you will feel 'in' with these guys – is the trick. It's not an easy one but one that Marvel absolutely honours. They don't hire Mark Ruffalo [the new Hulk] to say one iconic line and strike a pose. They hire him because he has so much humanity in him. He's the antithesis of the iconic actor. He's so human. He was my first choice to play the part, and the fact he is playing the part is nuts! They went to great lengths to make that happen and they understood exactly why he was right for the part."

Considering the cast involved, I would LOVE to see them all in a room, chatting it up with Whedon scripted dialog. It's like some sort of fanboy wet dream. I'm sure we'll get a bit of that, but yes, gotta get those action scenes in there too.

I do have faith, and the man has yet to let me down. Despite the fact that I think an Avengers film won't work, I really do hope it does.

Extra Tidbit: Which Whedon favorite actor do you think he'll sneak in for a cameo or small role? Nathan Fillion? Felicia Day? Alyson Hannigan? He's gotta get one in there.
Source: AICNSFX

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12:39AM on 09/28/2010

Whedon Will Shine

As a die-hard Whedonite, I have total faith that he'll deliver, and this will be amazing!
As a die-hard Whedonite, I have total faith that he'll deliver, and this will be amazing!
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9:14PM on 09/27/2010
Whedon is still the only reason I have an inch of anticipation for this thing.
Whedon is still the only reason I have an inch of anticipation for this thing.
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8:37PM on 09/27/2010

WE ALL KNOW IRON MAN IS GONNA BE THE WOLVERINE OF THIS MOVIE...

And Cap is gonna be the Cyclops. I just hope Whedon can avoid the pitfalls that eventually killed the X-MEN franchise which was making them all about Wolverine instead of the team.
And Cap is gonna be the Cyclops. I just hope Whedon can avoid the pitfalls that eventually killed the X-MEN franchise which was making them all about Wolverine instead of the team.
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7:56PM on 09/27/2010
I don't know what direction Whedon is taking. I mean, with The Avengers cast like these, I agree with Pistolas that the movie needs a grand villain for Whedon to put The Avengers up against. I like how The Ulimates comics put it - them vs. alien invations, foreign Avengers team and so on.
I don't know what direction Whedon is taking. I mean, with The Avengers cast like these, I agree with Pistolas that the movie needs a grand villain for Whedon to put The Avengers up against. I like how The Ulimates comics put it - them vs. alien invations, foreign Avengers team and so on.
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7:31PM on 09/27/2010
The movie needs a badass villain, that will save anything that eventually can go wrong with the movie.. THANOS PLEASE!!!
The movie needs a badass villain, that will save anything that eventually can go wrong with the movie.. THANOS PLEASE!!!
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6:19PM on 09/27/2010
If X-MEN worked then The Avengers will definateley work, it's only a matter of knowing how to handle your characters and story development, everything else will fall in place and eventually create an awsome epic film.
If X-MEN worked then The Avengers will definateley work, it's only a matter of knowing how to handle your characters and story development, everything else will fall in place and eventually create an awsome epic film.
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6:16PM on 09/27/2010
Hopefully Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion obvious second choice.
Hopefully Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion obvious second choice.
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7:54PM on 09/27/2010
Yeah I hope he put Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion in there somewhere too.
Yeah I hope he put Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion in there somewhere too.
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5:44PM on 09/27/2010
Rumor has it that Morena Baccarin has been out buying comics with The Wasp in them. [link]

Makes sense given her history with Whedon. I can definitely see her as Janet.
Rumor has it that Morena Baccarin has been out buying comics with The Wasp in them. [link]

Makes sense given her history with Whedon. I can definitely see her as Janet.
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6:03PM on 09/27/2010
id like to see her in as little clothing as possible.
id like to see her in as little clothing as possible.
4:42PM on 09/27/2010
I'm gonna say Fillion or NPH simply because dropping them in would be pretty simple with all the shield agents he has to work with.
I'm gonna say Fillion or NPH simply because dropping them in would be pretty simple with all the shield agents he has to work with.
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3:33PM on 09/27/2010
He'll do a damn good job, I get the sense the actors themselves want this to be a huge success so I'm sure they will all be bringing there A game. It will be interesting to see the on screen chemisty with Downey and Evans, Evans needs to be the leader but Downey is such a huge icon, I hope they can pull it off.
He'll do a damn good job, I get the sense the actors themselves want this to be a huge success so I'm sure they will all be bringing there A game. It will be interesting to see the on screen chemisty with Downey and Evans, Evans needs to be the leader but Downey is such a huge icon, I hope they can pull it off.
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3:27PM on 09/27/2010
I hope it's Fillion who pops in there.
I hope it's Fillion who pops in there.
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1:15PM on 09/27/2010

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1:04PM on 09/27/2010

Val Kilmer

is auditioning for Aquaman here haha
not sure he knows he came to the wrong place.
is auditioning for Aquaman here haha
not sure he knows he came to the wrong place.
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1:01PM on 09/27/2010

serenity

just go watch that movie again. there is so much character development in that movie. and on top of that: story, and action. and not just some action scenes thrown in to make it an action movie, but action that actually moves the story along and enhances the characters. that's a very rare thing to pull off. i have no doubt that whedon can pull this off.
just go watch that movie again. there is so much character development in that movie. and on top of that: story, and action. and not just some action scenes thrown in to make it an action movie, but action that actually moves the story along and enhances the characters. that's a very rare thing to pull off. i have no doubt that whedon can pull this off.
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3:30PM on 09/27/2010
Agreed!! Easily one of my top 10 sci fi movies all time.
Agreed!! Easily one of my top 10 sci fi movies all time.
12:58PM on 09/27/2010
Well the character development is going to be key so that everyone can get their own spin-off.
Well the character development is going to be key so that everyone can get their own spin-off.
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1:24PM on 09/27/2010
Well, the times this one comes out, everyone just got their own spin-off.
Well, the times this one comes out, everyone just got their own spin-off.
12:40PM on 09/27/2010

idk...

my biggest worry is that they are just going to make this iron man 2.5. The ability to just let this thing coast on rdj for a general audience just worries me, and it would be nice to actually have SOME sort of character depth, unlike IM2. As everyone says, whedon knows what he's doing but at the end of the day the studios arent going to sacrifice more money for a better movie and thats the sad reality to these types of films. Cap and Thor's films MIGHT shift the attention away from Iron Man
my biggest worry is that they are just going to make this iron man 2.5. The ability to just let this thing coast on rdj for a general audience just worries me, and it would be nice to actually have SOME sort of character depth, unlike IM2. As everyone says, whedon knows what he's doing but at the end of the day the studios arent going to sacrifice more money for a better movie and thats the sad reality to these types of films. Cap and Thor's films MIGHT shift the attention away from Iron Man popularity enough to keep the film on a more balanced stage hopefully
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12:29PM on 09/27/2010
For fuck's sake,just right a good and engaging story and fuck trying to give all the actors their on screen "me" time.
For fuck's sake,just right a good and engaging story and fuck trying to give all the actors their on screen "me" time.
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12:25PM on 09/27/2010
Looked at the photo again and just realized that Vince Vaugh is in the background, Val Kilmer is sitting to the left, and Brett Ratner is standing all the way to the right. Are these new additions to the cast by Whedon that we haven't heard of as yet? HAHA.
Looked at the photo again and just realized that Vince Vaugh is in the background, Val Kilmer is sitting to the left, and Brett Ratner is standing all the way to the right. Are these new additions to the cast by Whedon that we haven't heard of as yet? HAHA.
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12:22PM on 09/27/2010
I think he may have alleviated my biggest concern. I've really just been worried that we're going to get a half hour of introducing characters by them jumping on screen, striking a pose, saying a line, killing a bad guy and then cue musical sting for next character to enter the room.
I think he may have alleviated my biggest concern. I've really just been worried that we're going to get a half hour of introducing characters by them jumping on screen, striking a pose, saying a line, killing a bad guy and then cue musical sting for next character to enter the room.
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12:03PM on 09/27/2010

I'm still a bit skeptical

With a cast of characters this large it's inevitable that one character will get far less attention than the rest, I hope Whedon keeps a realistic balance. There is one thing I don't doubt, this will probably be the biggest action movie!!
With a cast of characters this large it's inevitable that one character will get far less attention than the rest, I hope Whedon keeps a realistic balance. There is one thing I don't doubt, this will probably be the biggest action movie!!
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11:53AM on 09/27/2010

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if anyone can do it...it'd be these people

so in the above graphic...is that vince vaughn on the screen eating ice cream? and brett ratner and val kilmer photoshopped in?
if anyone can do it...it'd be these people

so in the above graphic...is that vince vaughn on the screen eating ice cream? and brett ratner and val kilmer photoshopped in?
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10:11PM on 09/27/2010
HAHA. Thanks for pointing that out.
HAHA. Thanks for pointing that out.
11:44AM on 09/27/2010

Alan Tudyk

I hope he sneaks in somewhere.

I'm hoping so much that this wont be a collosal cluster-fuck (x-men 3).
I hope he sneaks in somewhere.

I'm hoping so much that this wont be a collosal cluster-fuck (x-men 3).
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11:42AM on 09/27/2010
I was worried until they announced whedon... this is so up his alley. he works best with ensemble groups and has written enough comics for marvel to know whats goin on.
I was worried until they announced whedon... this is so up his alley. he works best with ensemble groups and has written enough comics for marvel to know whats goin on.
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11:40AM on 09/27/2010

Extra Tidbit

I bet would be Fillion for sure. Wasn't he rumored to play Ant-Man?
I bet would be Fillion for sure. Wasn't he rumored to play Ant-Man?
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11:37AM on 09/27/2010
The people involved in this movie, won't let it be bad. There's just too much talent involved in this movie for it to be bad. I trust Whedon at the helm and the thing I am looking forward to the most in this movie is the banter between Stark and everyone else involved in The Avengers.
The people involved in this movie, won't let it be bad. There's just too much talent involved in this movie for it to be bad. I trust Whedon at the helm and the thing I am looking forward to the most in this movie is the banter between Stark and everyone else involved in The Avengers.
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