Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Many of us feel overwhelmed when we wake up and think about what needs to be accomplished in a day. Now multiply that general feeling by a large factor and add the pressure of worldwide interest; that’s what Joss Whedon is probably feeling right now. The director of The Avengers is currently getting ready to direct the pilot for ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, while simultaneously writing The Avengers 2 and acting as a consultant on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a new interview, Whedon talked about his current role in all those things. He said The Avengers 2 is mid-script, would be finished in a few months and would “go deeper” instead of bigger. The S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show shoots in just over a week, and he also discusses how Marvel action would translate to the small screen. Finally, he talks about just how involved he’s been with the upcoming Marvel films, which includes Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Check out the interview below.
Thanks to MTV for this interview.
In case you can’t watch the video above (I know MTV embeds doesn’t work in other countries) here are the quotes:
On how to meet the expectations of a sequel to a big movie like The Avengers:
Don’t go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in, and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.
On the status of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how to bring Marvel to TV:
[We start filming] a week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to it. It’s got to be bigger than 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. It’s about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, but all played on a very human, small level. That’s the appeal of the thing.
On his current role with the other Marvel films:
I read all the scripts and I 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 make myself useful without being intrusive. I’ve gotten to be a part of all of them. That’s a dream job for a kid like me.
So what stands out in those quotes?