Joss Whedon And Kevin Feige Discuss THE AVENGERS' Ultimate Approach And More!

Joss Whedon And Kevin Feige Discuss THE AVENGERS' Ultimate Approach And More!

With The Avengers director-writer ultimately discussing his approach to such a large film in scope, among other things, producer Kevin Feige comments on the same! Check it out!

In addition to discussing a certain Russian spy and her archering partner, in the latest issue of Aussie magazine FilmInk, the director & writer of Marvel's The Avengers, Joss Whedon, elaborated on his approach to such a large project among other things. With a comment from Marvel Studios' head honcho Kevin Feige, read on below!

"I had meetings with Joss Whedon in 2001 to direct Iron Man, back when the project was with another studio," says Feige. "That's how long ago we've been fans of Joss, and how we believe in what he could do behind the camera of a big movie." He added, "We have a lot of characters, but it's not too much. It's the exact right amount to tell the original story of the formation of The Avengers."

When it comes to juggling big characters action set pieces, and quiet character moments, Joss Whedon claims that he's solved the problem.

"The movie is nine hours long," he deadpans. The director goes on to add that the reason he jumped on board with Marvel was because of the perspicacious casting that was already in place. "They cast people who are actors so people watch them act, so you want to have these quieter moments." he explains. The tension between those scenes and the momentum of the film is ultimately what is going to make the film exciting, but it's going to make the editing processs unbearable."

Whedon was then asked about wrangling so many major movie star egos, and how he delivers his characteristic quip.

"'Are they happily engaged or just in a cage?' I'm leading them just when they are about to die of starvation; that way, they're more pliable stockholm syndrome, that's the only way to go," he jokes. "Honestly, they all came in with extraordinary positive attitudes, not just about the projects, but about each other, and they're very conscious of what everybody else is doing."

The director then went to discuss how he strives to preserve an environment where his actors feel safe to create.

"I want them to feel that they can go too far and try something different, and they know that I won't make them look like an idiot by actually using any of that footage," Whedon reveals. "So long as the script makes some semblance of sense, we get along just fine. All of them had their input to the degree that they wanted it. It's been a real collaborates from the ground up, so that set the tone from the start. I was like, 'I know exactly what I want, if you tell me what you want, we can usually do both.'"

Joss then discussed two stars from the film - Samuel L. Jackson & Mark Ruffalo.

"I wanted Mark Ruffalo to play Bruce Banner because he's just an open book," says Joss Whedon. "He lets you into his heart and you understand everything that he's feeling. He's very open and that's just who he is as a guy and how he performs."

And "Sam Jackson? He's Sam Jackson. I'm sorry!," exclaims Whedon. "He's got that piercing look, but in my movie, he can only pin you to the wall with one eye. At the same time, he's extremely sensitive and textured and that's what I wanted from Nick Fury. I didn't want him to be a bluster, because we've seen that."

For even more from Whedon and the cast, be sure to pick up the latest January/February 2012 Filmink issue. What do you think?

Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel's The Avengers will be released May 4, 2012.

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TheRealDorkKnight - 12/19/2011, 2:41 PM
9 hours?! Thats..... Alot.
ksommer - 12/19/2011, 2:41 PM
I'd love a 9 hour movie!!!

You know he's kidding right?
THORGodOfThunder - 12/19/2011, 2:44 PM
I'd def watch 9 hours of Avengers epicness lol
Mrcool210 - 12/19/2011, 2:46 PM
Spidey91 - 12/19/2011, 2:48 PM
"The movie is nine hours long.....naah.seriously thou,is 4 and a half" :P
marvel72 - 12/19/2011, 2:52 PM
i'd sit through this if it was 9 hours long,i hope its about 2hrs 30 minutes.
HelaGood - 12/19/2011, 2:52 PM
i WISH it was 9 hours long!!!
luckylu - 12/19/2011, 2:52 PM
the movie is not 9 hours pretty sure he is referring to the past 3 movies leading up to it
headlopper - 12/19/2011, 2:52 PM
...Ooo...okay, he...he lost me at "perspicacious".
TheDpool - 12/19/2011, 2:54 PM
Epic Joss Whedon if you pull this off (I belive you will) You'll go down as the great not one of the .... THE GREAT
CapA - 12/19/2011, 2:55 PM
A 9 hours Avengers film would seem shorter than the Tree of Life. ;p
MassExecutions - 12/19/2011, 2:56 PM
If its 9 hours, 1.5 better be hulk vs thor.
DCMarvelFreshman - 12/19/2011, 2:58 PM
@MrEko He's the one that actually brings them together, so I'm assume that makes him special in the movie. He doesn't fight though, but as shown in the trailer, he does have some badass moments.
headlopper - 12/19/2011, 2:59 PM
Now somebody here is gonna google that word for the definition and be like ," Headlopper, you uneducated , illiterate, 3rd world , village dwelling, chicken kicking, out-housing, washing your clothes by the river-side, ignorant SOB, it means... "

To you sir ,I say phuque -u. That means 'nose bleed' in Tajikistani...look THAT up succa!
SageMode - 12/19/2011, 2:59 PM
I sure wish it was 9hrs long aka 540 mins. :-)
MassExecutions - 12/19/2011, 3:03 PM
@headlopper - you sir, have earned an LOL. That is exactly what I was thinking.
JackRussoff - 12/19/2011, 3:05 PM
Im hoping for 2 hours or more but knowing Disney, they will frakk it up and try to cram it into 90 min. Im so excited for this flick. They better use Hulk right!
headlopper - 12/19/2011, 3:07 PM
@MassExecutions- Thanx! (... now I'm googling that DAMN WORD!!)
JackRussoff - 12/19/2011, 3:08 PM
Love Joss Whedon. He has great skills when it comes to dialogue. I just hope it isnt too witty ala Buffy. RDJ will own all of the witty banter. ANd maybe some Sam JAckson "WHERE'S My EYEPATCH MOTHAF--KA?! NO I CAN'T STOP YELLIN' CUZ THAT'S HOW I TALK!"
Talontd - 12/19/2011, 3:12 PM
I REALLY hope its AT LEAST!t, just make it 3hrs with an INTERMISSION!

Fcuk that would be awesome!!!
headlopper - 12/19/2011, 3:14 PM
For all the uneducated , illiterate, 3rd world , village dwelling, chicken kicking, out-housing, washing your clothes by the river-side, ignorant SOB's, it means:


: of acute mental vision or discernment : keen

Seems like a waste of syllables to me- could of just said 'keen'.(now what does 'Keen' mean? DAMN!)
headlopper - 12/19/2011, 3:15 PM
Three hours MINUMUM!
superotherside - 12/19/2011, 3:16 PM
Awesome. The Avengers is in good hands.

DCMarvelFreshman - 12/19/2011, 3:16 PM

No prob. These seems to tease things

JackRussoff - 12/19/2011, 3:18 PM
They dont do intermissions anymore. That was during the black and white era. I wish they had them on the LOTR movies because my bladder needed it! It took me three trips to see the Two Towers: I refuse to miss movies I pay for going to the restroom because I always miss a crucial part. ALWAYS. During Thor I pissed in the trashcan exiting the theater and leaned back so I could still watch it. THAT's dedication! hahaaha Or illegal...
manymade1 - 12/19/2011, 3:20 PM
I don't mean to sound like an idiot but he's not serious about it being 9 hours is he?

I really hope it's at least 3 hours.
nuck82 - 12/19/2011, 3:30 PM
id shit id love a 9 hour avengers movie, would i need a piss break yes, but im down to watch all day, now my gf would not, but sucks to be her lol
FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 12/19/2011, 3:32 PM
The movie should be AT LEAST 2 1/2 hours, not including the opening or the credits.
JackRussoff - 12/19/2011, 3:37 PM
I wasnt drunk THAT time
JackRussoff - 12/19/2011, 3:38 PM
I usually use my beer bottles and sit in the back FYI
headlopper - 12/19/2011, 3:45 PM
@BluePallando- There's also these- use em' all the time!

GreyChaos13Zero - 12/19/2011, 3:50 PM
nine hours long, i would love that. but i couldn't sit down for that long
Moonwalker1991 - 12/19/2011, 3:51 PM
Those of you who really thing this or any movie could possibly be nine hours long are either gullible or stupid. Maybe both. Seriously.
HeyVanity - 12/19/2011, 3:53 PM
9 hours sounds good to me! Though, it makes me sad to see that so many people thought he was being serious :/
HeyVanity - 12/19/2011, 3:54 PM
lol @Moonwalker- waste of time brother. If they believe it's 9 hours long, then they're probably too stupid to insult.
shaddowkhan - 12/19/2011, 3:59 PM
@Talontd: 3 HRS WITH AN INTERMISSION, I would mos def pay extra to watch that. Plus the nostalgia of an intermission.
GreyChaos13Zero - 12/19/2011, 4:07 PM
@headlopper and @yossarian that's funny:)
manofmidgard - 12/19/2011, 4:09 PM
"The movie is nine hours long," he deadpans.

deadpans = joking. sheesh. also, he said,
"it's going to make the editing processs unbearable."

as in, they havent edited it yet and a whole lot isn't gonna be in the final cut. probably be an hour and a half, two if we are lucky when its all done. hopefully we get to see all the edited out stuff on the dvd release though.

"I want them to feel that they can go too far and try something different, and they know that I won't make them look like an idiot by actually using any of that footage," Whedon reveals.

or maybe not.

GreyChaos13Zero - 12/19/2011, 4:14 PM
movie is gonna be like 2 hrs 10 mins gave or take;)
GreyChaos13Zero - 12/19/2011, 4:15 PM
gave or take 15mins. why no edit option:(
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