Joss Whedon Comments On Managing Characters' Screen Time In The Avengers!

Joss Whedon Comments On Managing Characters' Screen Time In <i>The Avengers</i>!

The director of Marvel's forthcoming film The Avengers, Joss Whedon, recently commented on managing screen time for each character among other things. Check it out!

Inside the latest "Comic Book Movie Preview" issue of Total Film magazine, the director of Marvel Studios' superhero ensemble movie The Avengers, Joss Whedon, dishes on managing multiple leading actors as well managing their shared screen time. Seemingly confirming the film being lead by 'Steve Rogers,' check out what he had to say below!

Is it hard to give every character a descent share of screen time?
"I think the whole point of a team movie is to explain why every member is there, so it's about getting those moments for each character. I think we end up identifying with Steve Rogers, he's our intro into the modern world - because he's only recently joined it. Sometimes we refer to him as Luke Skywalker... but obviously a lot less whiny."

Does that mean you've got a Han Solo?
"Well that would be Tony Stark!"

How is it managing a set full of leading actors?
"You might imagine it would be a giant ego-fest but there are so many stars in this movie no one's carrying the burden of the whole film. Everyone's been very gracious and I think they all really trust each other. I spoke to every one of them about their characters and what I was planning to do before I ever set pen to paper, so I had their input all the through. It was just a question of putting them all together and makign it work."

Also, it's nothing major, but somewhat complimenting - heres a brief set video depicting Joss Whedon seemingly thinking something over. What exactly that "something" is; we may never know. And theres also a random great view of extras running.

Marvel's The Avengers picks up when an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security. And 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. With director Joss Whedon at it's helm, and an ensemble cast including Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Clark Gregg (Agt. Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), with Tom Hiddleston (Loki Laufeyson), and Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Erik Selvig), the film releases worldwide May 4, 2012!

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LucasMend - 9/5/2011, 6:49 PM
pretty cool find man!
patriautism - 9/5/2011, 6:49 PM
Call me a sap, but I can't wait to see Cap reunited with a 90 something year old Peggy. I sure hope they do that in the movie.
StuckInPanels - 9/5/2011, 6:52 PM
He better deliver on this. I'm not a big Joss Whedon fan, I was stunned when he was picked to Direct, but now it appears that he is enjoying making this film, which I can appreciate.
THORGodOfThunder - 9/5/2011, 6:52 PM
Nice, so stoked for this!
DarkTalbot13 - 9/5/2011, 6:56 PM
I'm ok with this news. Thats kinda the way it is in the comics. Steve is the main guy.
Dynamo - 9/5/2011, 6:59 PM
This movie will be [frick]ing awesome!
FightAs0ne - 9/5/2011, 7:00 PM
dahamma - 9/5/2011, 7:02 PM
Words cannot express how hyped and ready i am for this movie
dahamma - 9/5/2011, 7:03 PM
oh my god its a troll Army! O_0
RyanLantern77 - 9/5/2011, 7:07 PM
Is this fringe ad serious? [frick]in eating away my whole screen with no option to quit
BooYah - 9/5/2011, 7:08 PM
Damn, I'm really ruining the movie for myself with these articles. I know this one didn't have much but I still feel like I know too much. I'm not blaming anyone on here though cause you guys are just doing your job. I need a break from this site.

Bye everyone!
Be back in May!
Avenger53 - 9/5/2011, 7:11 PM
So Nick Fury is Lando, The Hulk is Chewbacca and Black Widow is Leia... so who the hell are Thor and Hawkeye supposed to be?
Coloso - 9/5/2011, 7:12 PM

Oh, Joss you ;D
Vital - 9/5/2011, 7:16 PM
@BooYah, why do you have so many troll badges? I don't think you do anything "against the rules" so that's odd. I mean, we can tend to disagree on a topic, but that's the EXTENT of it lol. People must not like what you say I guess :|

@bad, you have like every badge. How the hell did you accomplish that lol?
write33 - 9/5/2011, 7:18 PM
Hawkeye is Boba Fett

and Thor Maul? ok I'm reaching
marvel72 - 9/5/2011, 7:19 PM
this film is gonna be amazing,the best marvel studio's film to date.
AVEN - 9/5/2011, 7:20 PM
@Avenger53: " who the hell are Thor and Hawkeye supposed to be?2

R2-D2 and C-3PO
DioFoRio - 9/5/2011, 7:21 PM
who's bad? this movie should be sick... imagine if it sucks donkey balls though....shhhhh..imagine.....
Rhys - 9/5/2011, 7:21 PM
Vital - 9/5/2011, 7:23 PM
@Avengers, Thor is young Obiwan lol, Hawkeye is a background Jedi like Kit Fisto haha. Black Widow is more like Aayla Secura (another background Jedi).

AVEN - 9/5/2011, 7:24 PM
What a coincidence!, I read this article while lisen this

AVEN - 9/5/2011, 7:25 PM
patriautism - 9/5/2011, 7:28 PM
psssh thor is obviously r2d2

they both have electric abilities and are badass
AVEN - 9/5/2011, 7:28 PM
i feel the force in this article
Bluestreak - 9/5/2011, 7:30 PM
technically there should be a trailer due in November
meatbag - 9/5/2011, 7:32 PM
@ Avengers
Thor is Obi Wan, Loki is Darth Vader, Hawkeye is that rebel soldier that gets blown away as soon as Vder and the stormtroopers board leia's ship.
@Vital the actress that played Aayala was also way observation :)
brewtownpsych - 9/5/2011, 7:38 PM
Nick Fury is Mace Windu ... er, wait, um, never mind

Joss's head looks like cap's helmet
BooYah - 9/5/2011, 7:44 PM
@Vital- The guy who has the most troll badges here (badpsychometry) started reporting anyone who commented on that brazillian x-men dvd article. That's why there's a lot of people in the hall of shame.
ROMACK - 9/5/2011, 7:44 PM
Joss is the man.
Lert - 9/5/2011, 7:49 PM
BooYah - 9/5/2011, 7:53 PM
@Lert- No body cares. -_-
eyesore - 9/5/2011, 7:58 PM
won't that douche canoe get banned for excessive/unnecessary reporting?
HULK2099 - 9/5/2011, 8:03 PM
Talk more about combo attacks lol
VanCityKid - 9/5/2011, 8:09 PM
@Coloso I totally forgot about the article as soon as I saw that gif with LIGHTS
BIGBMH - 9/5/2011, 8:09 PM
Why are there dislikes on this? People offended that he called Luke whiny?
thalidomide - 9/5/2011, 8:26 PM
I said a few days go i'm sensing a presence about this movie.. a presence I have not felt since.... - intruder

Amen to that :)
JohnTom88 - 9/5/2011, 8:38 PM
You want comic book Star Wars?

Bring forward Nova and wash away the aftertaste of
Green Lantern... comic book Star Wars my ass...
jackdawak - 9/5/2011, 8:58 PM
Joss is thinking "damn, this movie better be good, damn, this movie better be good!!!"
NeoBaggins - 9/5/2011, 9:00 PM
Joss, STAR WARS already exist. We can watch it any time we want. You just make sure you get the Avengers right.

The Avengers.
Bodwulf - 9/5/2011, 9:14 PM
Thor in the Star Wars movie would be .........Thor! He fits anywhere earth, Asgard ,Middle Earth, Hoth, Trek earth , it does not matter. Anywhere you need a thunder god kickin' butt, past future present he works!
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