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Published on April 14th, 2010 | by Niall


The Avengers assemble for Joss Whedon

So Joss Whedon is going to be directing The Avengers…that should make me happy right? I mean here is creator of two of my favourite shows (Buffy and Firefly) getting the chance to helm a mega-budget blockbuster movie. Not only that, but it’s a comic-book movie, an area Whedon is infinitely familiar with having penned a number of acclaimed stories for iconic characters such as the X-Men and Runaways. The talent alone, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chris Evan’s Captain America and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury should assure success at the box-office, but the pressure will be on Whedon to assemble these into a coherent and accessible movie, and despite his obvious ability I’m a little unsure.

Serenity was great, a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi adventure, that echoed Star Wars without parody or homage, but it was Whedon playing on home-court, with his own material, and even then the box-office disappointed. His most recent work, Dollhouse, was cancelled after two seasons of middling to poor ratings and lukewarm fan reception. Whedon the visionary, Whedon the writer has always overshadowed Whedon the director, and this is a major concern.

That said though JJ Abrams the creator, the writer was bigger than JJ Abrams the director and now he’s amongst the directorial elite after success with Cloverfield and Star Trek. This is the hope that film fans have to have, that a cult favourite can take a mainstream franchise, put his own stamp on it and make it brilliant. The signing of Whedon, rather than someone like The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Letterier seems to indicate that Marvel and Paramount are willing to embrace a creator rather than a signed gun, and that’s a major positive.

The pressure is on and Whedon will feel it. Paramount have only 3 movies left in their distribution deal with Marvel and now that the House of Mouse owns the comic-book maker it’s almost certain that all will fall under the Disney flag once that deal is over. Considering that The Avengers is the one movie that will make or break the entire Marvel Universe film franchise you have to applaud Paramount for making the gutsy call.

The Avengers is on course for a May 2012 release, and will definitely be one of the most talked about and anticipated movies of the next two years.

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3 Responses to The Avengers assemble for Joss Whedon

  1. johnmfinn says:

    I think it will be really interesting to see how he does. On buffy, doll house and firefly/serenity he had complete control but here he will have to work within the confines established by the iron man, thor and captain america films. It could go badly wrong but I’m glad that he is at least going to get a chance at a big budget movie.

  2. Lottie says:

    The only “problem” with Whedon the director is that he refuses to dumb down (the same could once be said about Kevin Smith) for movies. And nor should he. I hope he stays true to the wit within and let’s the movie be script and story driven.

    Very exciting.

  3. Peter Balfe says:

    I am excited about this news. I like the choice very much.

    I see this version, even at this early stage, close to the Ultimate Marvel Avengers (Ultimates) than the main stream. Mostly cause the storylines are a modern take on the complete history and partly cause Nick Fury was modeled on Samuel L Jackson in tha comic.

    Roll on 2012 (if the world has not ended)

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