Highlights From Joss Whedon's AVENGERS 2 & MARVEL TV Show Japanese Interview

Highlights From Joss Whedon's AVENGERS 2 & MARVEL TV Show Japanese Interview

Previously, we had an indecipherable translation of Whedon's interview with Gizmodo Japan but now we have a more intuitive summary of what was discussed. Nothing new on the Avengers 2 front but Whedon did shed some light on his television show.

The Avengers recently opened in Japan and in attendance were Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige and Samuel L. Jackson. Recently, an interview with Whedon made the usual internet rounds, albeit with a less than stellar translation. Well now, we have a basic gist of what was said thanks to Fandango. Unsurprisingly, most of what Whedon said was a reiteration of what's already been stated previously, primarily that the Avengers sequel will be 'smaller' with more of a personal emphasis on the characters. Said Whedon---

"Normally, a sequel is supposed to be bigger than the first film, but I actually think it should be smaller. In saying that though, people might ask 'Is the volume of the film going to decrease?' but that's not the case."

"Of course, new characters will be added but presently we're still trying to figure out how they'll encounter our wonderful cast (referring to the actors from the first film). [The cast] all have tremendous respect for each other and how you work the new characters into that synergy is something I'm still trying to figure out. I think instead of how big of a scale the movie/story is, the most important thing is, how much devotion you can put forth. Films have an ability to be large in scale but also be personal. It's a godsend that makes the issue of adding characters irrelevant. The real question is how deep we can dig down into the story."

Previously Whedon has stated that he would like to add a female character in the Avengers sequel so unless Feige and co. are pulling a 'Kansas City Shuffle' I think that still holds true. Of course, we received news not too far back that Anthony Mckie would be portraying The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Solder so he too is a candidate for Avengers 2, although it's more likely he'll be conspicuously absent a la War Machine and The Warriors Three.

As for the Marvel television show, Whedon apparently revealed that the show will indeed have some relation to the first Avengers film as the network is keen on profiting off 'The Avengers brand'.

Whedon did say that characters from The Avengers will 'occasionally appear on the show and that the show will focus on the various conflicts between Marvel characters in a fresh, realistic manner'.

In what capacity they appear is anyone's guess as it should be noted that Whedon said the characters not actors will appear. There's also the possibility that the television show could recycle footage from the films as well. Still, that's a very interesting development on the television front and I think this also kills the speculation that Whedon is working on Guillermo del Toro's Hulk show as that is reportedly a standalone venture which doesn't tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Avengers is an American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers was released in the United States on May 4, 2012 in 2D and 3D.

Running Time: 2 hrs 23minutes
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)

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blvdnoise - 8/22/2012, 8:05 AM
blvdnoise - 8/22/2012, 8:06 AM
Hey, sounds good to me.
SimyJo - 8/22/2012, 8:13 AM
Well if its an 'Avengers:The Initiative' training -camp for new heroes bootcamp type-deal - it would be easy to have cameos from the established Heroes.

Less sure about how a show based on 'Runaways' would have them encountering them.
Ha1frican - 8/22/2012, 8:19 AM
Hopefully one of those characters is Ant-Man (preferably the Hank Pym version) and i REALLY hope the show is Hulk. I was very against it initially but if Joss is involvd and SOMEHOW they work out the CG and Mark Riffalo is involved then bring it on. Seeing as a film doesnt seem to be in the cards right now it would be a great way to keep him in th public eye
Ha1frican - 8/22/2012, 8:22 AM
Also i dont know much about Gaurdians of the Galaxy or its timeline in relation to the rest of Marvel, can someone me out? Does it just take place in space like a Green Lantern corps version of th avengers or is it in thefuture? Is there a chace those characters (or at least a few) could be feaured in Avengers 2 or do you think its mainly just Thanos set up?
Jolt17 - 8/22/2012, 8:26 AM
Hmm, seeing the members of The Avengers appearing in the TV show - whatever it really is - should be very interesting.
TheAbomination - 8/22/2012, 8:27 AM
Sounds like Whedon knows what he's doing. Disney was smart to rehire him.
pieralnett - 8/22/2012, 8:30 AM
I can't see anyone other than RDJ playing Iron Man, but whatever.
OdinsBeard - 8/22/2012, 8:31 AM
this is all i ever wanted from a tv show...

TayDee - 8/22/2012, 8:31 AM
It should be no more than two characters added to the Avengers roster by the time the sequel comes out.
StrangerX - 8/22/2012, 8:36 AM
I want to see Namor
chuckg313 - 8/22/2012, 8:37 AM
sounds good
DrDoom - 8/22/2012, 8:44 AM
Get Ms. Marvel in there, Whedon! DO EET
marvel72 - 8/22/2012, 8:56 AM
avengers academy would be a good idea & having one of the avengers appear every other week to give a training session would be cool.
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/22/2012, 8:59 AM
So Freaking Awesome
NOID - 8/22/2012, 9:04 AM
If the hulk show isn't tied in with the current universe.... then why even do it? Maybe its just me who thinks that....
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/22/2012, 9:06 AM
Can't wait to see how it plays out. No matter how crappy and pathetic life is there's always something aweome to look forward to.

Short term goal. Take a few more days off from skating.

Roll in to turd pile on 8 foot wall. Day two get the whiplash in neck. Day three feels like took a baseball bat to side of arm. The hip hurt before I smashed it into cement.

Wolverine = Inspiration (healing powers)

clean bones swiss = hauling ass. So stoked to get back out there. Yeah Marvel Blazing the way and it was nice that you could understand what Joss W is saying. Take notes DC/WB J Whedon to Marvel. Bruce Timm could be for DC
marvelstudios - 8/22/2012, 9:25 AM

Your not alone.
FoxForce5 - 8/22/2012, 9:26 AM
@ NOID: I agree. I think if they do a Hulk TV show now, that's not tied into the MCU, it's just going to confuse a lot of the audience. Either tie it in or let it go.

(No matter how awesome it might be as a stand alone.)
niknik - 8/22/2012, 9:26 AM
If he's truly interested in adding a female character he doesn't have to think too hard about it. Her name is Janet Van Dyne and she was the first female character in the Avengers in BOTH Marvel Comic universes. Duh.

Get rid of Black Widow and add Goliath and Wasp and it's a done deal with all the necessary characters in place for Vision, Ultron, and so forth.
FoxForce5 - 8/22/2012, 9:32 AM
Also, we all know by now that Daredevil would make a good show and can still ne tied to the MCU without blowing the budget to epic proportions. Plus, as an added bonus, it would be a great way to introduce Jessica Walters to the public without having to touch on She-Hulk, then she can pop UN in an Avengers sequel or in Hulk 2 (if it ever happens) and we can move ahead with her.

Just a thought.
FoxForce5 - 8/22/2012, 9:34 AM
*Jennifer... "Jennifer Walters" ... stupid freaking auto-correct on my phone!!!
superotherside - 8/22/2012, 9:49 AM
I'm thinking, Ms Marvel will be in Avengers 2. As for the show? Runaways.
Marqy - 8/22/2012, 10:17 AM
Im sooo loving this
Kayo - 8/22/2012, 10:25 AM

rockerdude22 - 8/22/2012, 10:36 AM
Joss is the boss! haha Can't wait for Avengers 2 and the tv show!

Funny story, a few months ago, I had a dream that Joss was one of my college professors! I even called him "Professor Whedon" lol
DanMcNice - 8/22/2012, 10:49 AM
I hope Whedon adds Ms Marvel in Avengers 2. Also Ant-man and the Wasp.

As for Black Widow and Hawkeye, they can still be part of the MCU, but I think they should stay in the Captain America movies (beacuse the Avengers could get too crowded).

Im very excited for the TV show!!!! My favorite option is Heroes for Hire, but as long as it is related to the MCU I think it will be great!!!
TheSoulEater - 8/22/2012, 10:57 AM
TwiztidThorn - 8/22/2012, 11:13 AM
Just cast Summer Glau for Wasp and I'll be happy.
Fogs - 8/22/2012, 1:45 PM
So excited to see what's coming next. I'm curious to know if Thanos will be the Avengers 2 villain or if they'll use him in a Infinity Gauntlet movie.

They could use Pym/Vision/Ultron for Avengers 2 and save Thanos for that one.
billytwohats - 8/22/2012, 1:54 PM
I think they should keep the avengers in movies only watching a tv show with a limited budget will only lessen the appeal of the main characters besides the superhero tv series has been done to death.
Ranger14 - 8/22/2012, 2:08 PM
I certainly don't want to see Falcon added to the Avengers. There are a lot more pertinent characters to add than him.
murf - 8/22/2012, 3:26 PM
it ll be a Sheild based tv show, thats why we ve had all the Shield shorts already
kemuael - 8/22/2012, 5:02 PM

OriginalGuardiansPlease - 8/22/2012, 5:24 PM
i would love to see a guardians of the galaxy movie set in the 31st century...one of the things i loved the most about Jim Valentino's run is to find out what happened to characters in the future (Ie the Starks, The Spirit Of Vengeance, The Punishers, etc).

They could do Yondu, Vance, Charlie-27 without breaking the bank. They could also add Star-Lord, Drax, and Gamora (even though yes they are in the present...time travel is easy enough to explain).

Think of it as Stark Trek with superheroes...a cross between stargate, time travel, and stark trek (whom Jim Valentino said he was a big fan of...he is the guy that wrote the 90s series)
CoolantTech - 8/22/2012, 5:47 PM
Marvel/Disney probably hammered out a 50mil contract for Joss' TV show and Avengers 2, as well as overseeing all Marvels projects thru 2 1/2 2015.....$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
CoulsonLives - 8/23/2012, 12:19 AM
Anyone else have a feeling Pym has a big part in Avengers 2? Why the secrecy on the Ant-Man film... Could Pym be the key to more box office gold? Ever since Comic-Con we heard about an Ant-Man movie is being made... But after that day it was unclear what was going on... My theory is Ant-Man is the last movie to create Avengers 2 because of the fact he created the villain Ultron and Whedon wanted another female int this so... it equals Wasp. And why would they make an Ant-man movie if he wasn't even going to be apart of the Avengers... I rest my case
sniktsnakt - 8/23/2012, 9:13 AM
Where are the live-action tv show rights for X-Men? X-Factor? Is this a loophole that Disney could use to show the world how the X-Men should really work?

If they did the Astonishing Team (like the one from Whedon's comic book arc), they'd have Emma, Scott, Kitty, Beast, Wolverine, and then students (and possibly Colossus). Beast would be the hardest to deal with graphics-wise. Emma's diamond form and Colossus's steel form might be harder to deal with, but Scott's blast, Emma's TP, Kitty's phasing, Wolvie's claws . . . most of these wouldn't be hard too hard to do with CGI, I'd think.

One way or another, you know that Joss is going to do a movie with a strong female character (Think River from Firefly, or Buffy from, well, Buffy).
EarOne - 8/23/2012, 10:09 AM
i think Ant-Man SHOULD be a TV series and let Black Panther and the Hulk be big screen franchises. also SHIELD could make a cool series, but, the actors (Sam Jackson, ScarJo and Renner) would just cost too much.

Runaways would be cool too..but, how about a tv series bout that guy in the MARVELS comic book mini series..the old photographer..oh yeah, PHIL SHELDON's the name. i mean, sure, he can be a young photographer covering the heroes of today and not starting out in Cap'n America's days..that would be interesting, i think.
alamborn19 - 8/23/2012, 11:26 AM
I bet the new characters for Avengers 2 are going to be Ant-Man, Wasp and Falcon since there is test footage of Ant-Man and if there is Ant-Man there is Wasp and Anthony Mackie has already been cast as Falcon for Captain America The Winter Soldier and they might actually Ironman 2 us with him and not include him in The Avengers 2
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