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Joss Whedon updates on The Avengers 2, SHIELD TV show, and Marvel Phase Two; says he's going "deeper"

01.11.2013

MTV caught up with Joss Whedon recently and got some interesting tidbits about THE AVENGERS 2, the upcoming SHIELD TV show, and his overall involvement in 

On his measure and approach to a successful film:

"The second weekend.  Something I always say to executives is, 'The first weekend is your job, the second weekend is mine.'"

On the status of THE AVENGERS 2:

"I've done the outline, I'm writing the script now...the script should be done in a couple of months. I'm pretty excited about it, I have to say."

On his direction for THE AVENGERS 2:

"Don't go bigger, go deeper. The grand thing is that all these people have met, so you've gotten that out of the way. And now you can really spend your time just digging in.  And by digging in, I mean with a scalpel to cause pain."

On the scale of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show:

"You've gotta bring a little bit of spectacle to it, it's got to be bigger than, y'know, your average cop show.  But, at the end of the day it's about the peripheral people, it's about the people on the edges of the grand adventures.  The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. And so, it's about people who don't have super powers...there'll be some people with powers, there'll be effects, the spectacle of science fiction storytelling, but all played on a very human, small level. So, that's sort of the appeal of the thing."

On his involvement with the other Phase Two films:

"It's been pretty equal.  I read all the scripts and give notes on everything.  I'll look at cuts when they're ready to show me.  I'll talk to directors if they want to.  I try to be useful without being intrusive, but I've gotten to sort of, be a part of all of them, and that's, y'know, a dream job for a kid like me."

Whedon also confirmed that he hasn't seen a cut of IRON MAN 3 yet.  Some interesting info in regards to the various projects he's got his hands in.  I've got the feeling that Whedon is really going to up his game for THE AVENGERS 2, as all eyes will be on him to deliver something as good or better.  I think Whedon knows the stakes well and plans to deliver something on an Empire Strikes Back level that will leave us all on the edge of our seats. 

It sounds like the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show will be pretty cool and I'm looking forward to it.  Whedon is directing the pilot with prospects looking good for a pick up.  Overall, I feel that the Marvel film/TV brand is in more than capable hands with Whedon and am pleased to hear an update like this.  It's comforting to know the captain can fly the plane.

THE AVENGERS 2 is slated for May 1, 2015.

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Source: MTV

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11:03PM on 01/13/2013

Firefly

I totally agree with @creamfinger about Firefly. In fact, I guess now is a great time to start the "Bring back Firefly" campaign.
I totally agree with @creamfinger about Firefly. In fact, I guess now is a great time to start the "Bring back Firefly" campaign.
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9:25PM on 01/11/2013
I forgot to mention, this looks cool too.
I forgot to mention, this looks cool too.
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12:48PM on 01/12/2013
You didn't forget anything. Just covering up a double post.
You didn't forget anything. Just covering up a double post.
2:03AM on 01/13/2013
You're doing an excellent job as a hall monitor.
You're doing an excellent job as a hall monitor.
9:12PM on 01/11/2013
Clearly the man now has enough clout to bring back Firefly and permanently deport all those responsible for it's demise.

Was that off topic?
Clearly the man now has enough clout to bring back Firefly and permanently deport all those responsible for it's demise.

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3:52PM on 01/11/2013

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3:33PM on 01/11/2013
The man knows what he's doing. TV was the perfect training ground for something like this,all the Phase 2 films are like giant episodes and Avengers 2 will be their season finale and Joss Whedon was the king of season finales.
Extra Tidbit: VERY COOL!
The man knows what he's doing. TV was the perfect training ground for something like this,all the Phase 2 films are like giant episodes and Avengers 2 will be their season finale and Joss Whedon was the king of season finales.
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2:28PM on 01/11/2013
The spectacle was plenty big enough in The Avengers. People fell in love with the characters and that's what they want to see. And punching Norse people off of frame That never gets old.
The spectacle was plenty big enough in The Avengers. People fell in love with the characters and that's what they want to see. And punching Norse people off of frame That never gets old.
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2:14PM on 01/11/2013
I'm glad he isn't planning bigger than before cause that usually blows up in peoples faces. A sequel needs to recapture the charm of the first movie while being totally different and refreshing. Here's hoping it works out.
As for S.H.I.E.L.D, I really like Coulson's character, probably many do, so glad he survived Avengers and is taking his duties elsewhere.
I'm glad he isn't planning bigger than before cause that usually blows up in peoples faces. A sequel needs to recapture the charm of the first movie while being totally different and refreshing. Here's hoping it works out.
As for S.H.I.E.L.D, I really like Coulson's character, probably many do, so glad he survived Avengers and is taking his duties elsewhere.
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1:49PM on 01/11/2013

It's a great time for comic fans.

Kids these days don't know how good they have it.
Kids these days don't know how good they have it.
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1:33PM on 01/11/2013

Cinematic genius, ney, god!

This guy is a superhero in his own right. He is doing something with these marvel movies that DC will never be able to capture.
This guy is a superhero in his own right. He is doing something with these marvel movies that DC will never be able to capture.
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1:59PM on 01/11/2013
Oh my god, that is such bull. Whedon doesn't even come close to the intelligence and importance of Nolan's masterpieces. Nolan changed cinema, challenged our view on the world, and taught us what great films truly are. All Whedon did was make a kiddy cartoon.

Remember, "In Nolan We Trust"... Learn it
Oh my god, that is such bull. Whedon doesn't even come close to the intelligence and importance of Nolan's masterpieces. Nolan changed cinema, challenged our view on the world, and taught us what great films truly are. All Whedon did was make a kiddy cartoon.

Remember, "In Nolan We Trust"... Learn it
3:49PM on 01/11/2013
I love both filmmakers but thought The Avengers was better than TDKR.

Also, Marvel is better off with Whedon as a consultant than DC is with Nolan. He knows his universe a lot better.
I love both filmmakers but thought The Avengers was better than TDKR.

Also, Marvel is better off with Whedon as a consultant than DC is with Nolan. He knows his universe a lot better.
5:45PM on 01/11/2013
lol

i was saying "In Whedon We Trust" before Nolan ever touched Batman.
lol

i was saying "In Whedon We Trust" before Nolan ever touched Batman.
9:25PM on 01/11/2013
Now that Nolan's trilogy is over, and I can look at it as a whole, I'm less in awe of the films than I was before. The first film was a fun, encouraging start. The second film was indisputably fantastic, but much of that was due to Heath Ledger's epic performance. The last film I actually found somewhat disappointing. That's not to say that I don't find Christopher Nolan to be a gifted filmmaker, I just think you've placed him on a bit too much of a pedestal.
Now that Nolan's trilogy is over, and I can look at it as a whole, I'm less in awe of the films than I was before. The first film was a fun, encouraging start. The second film was indisputably fantastic, but much of that was due to Heath Ledger's epic performance. The last film I actually found somewhat disappointing. That's not to say that I don't find Christopher Nolan to be a gifted filmmaker, I just think you've placed him on a bit too much of a pedestal.
1:00PM on 11/02/2013
Yes, he is. To make them as generic as possible, and uninteresting as possible. I dare you to explain most of the things in The Avengers, things that make no sense and don't tie in with previous Marvel films.
Yes, he is. To make them as generic as possible, and uninteresting as possible. I dare you to explain most of the things in The Avengers, things that make no sense and don't tie in with previous Marvel films.
1:20PM on 01/11/2013
Nice, I like his approach for the sequel. Sounds very Empire Strikes Back
Nice, I like his approach for the sequel. Sounds very Empire Strikes Back
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