Joss Whedon Says That THE AVENGERS Takes Place Mostly From Captain America's Point Of View

Hit the jump to hear what director Joss Whedon has to say about why Captain America will receive most of the spotlight in The Avengers.

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By Josh Wilding - 1/12/2012


Unfortunately, there's no new images from The Avengers in Entertainment Weekly's 2012 preview, but they do have a brief interview with director Joss Whedon in which he points out that while the team members have a mostly equal share of the movie, it's Captain America: The First Avenger which really sets the stage and the character himself who takes most of the spotlight in the superhero ensemble.

"I set out with a very simple problem: There is no reason for these people to be in the same movie. So that's what my movie has to be about. So much of the movie takes place from Steve Rogers' perspective, since he's the guy who just woke up and sees this weird ass world. Everyone else has been living in it."


It's hard to imagine that the likes of Iron Man and Thor will be neglected in any way, but are you happy with the focus being put mostly on Captain America? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place. Many thanks to Twitter's @CalebH92 for sharing the above info with me.

STARRING:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Tom Hiddleston as Loki

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2012. (UK) May 4th, 2012. (US)


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WolvieCBM - 1/12/2012, 3:22 PM
YES! I've been thinking about this since the very end of TFA and always thought that this is the best idea.
RorMachine - 1/12/2012, 3:27 PM
Welllll, he says "So much of the movie", not "mostly"..a subtle difference maybe but a difference.
SimyJo - 1/12/2012, 3:30 PM
Seems like a pretty good idea if any of approaching the problem of all these superhero's styles clashing.

We're new to it all with them working as a team dynamic and so is Cap, so yeah we would share that with him (albeit with a little insider knowledge about other team members having seeen all the other films).
Spidey91 - 1/12/2012, 3:30 PM
Cap is gonna lead the charge! :D
MrReese - 1/12/2012, 3:33 PM
now this I like!!
JordanKing - 1/12/2012, 3:33 PM
Nice move! Both Iron Man and Thor will have their chances to shine again next year. Cap is the true leader!
fedup - 1/12/2012, 3:35 PM
I don't normally like Whedon's writing, but I gotta admit that's probably the best way to tackle it.
redleaf - 1/12/2012, 3:35 PM
Better than making it through Iron Man's perspective. He's the Cap after all.
JDUKE25 - 1/12/2012, 3:35 PM
That's alright with me.
ejkousc - 1/12/2012, 3:36 PM
Good decision. I met a guy at a bbq we threw who was on the crew for Avengers and he said he heard it was Captain America centric (also said Evans is the biggest premadonna of the cast too though!)

I figure Tony Stark and Steve Rogers will be vying for leadership of the group throughout the movie. Doubt Bruce Banner would care. Maybe Thor would throw down to lead as well but I really hope but they cant be too democratic with the focus of a sprawling movie like this. I feel the central relationship should and WILL be the partnership of Tony and Steve. And somewhere near the end going into the climax Tony will say something along the lines of "Take the lead Cap"... Finally call him "Cap". Remember Tony was neglected by his father growing up while his father obviously had a deep friendship and loyal obsession with finding Steve Rogers. In a way Tony might be embittered about Steve's closeness to Howard Stark. They have some hurdles to overcome.
leeholland - 1/12/2012, 3:37 PM
You have to set it from someone's point of view with so many characters.

Probably the same reason the X-men films seem to focus so much on Wolverine.
Niuhll - 1/12/2012, 3:37 PM
Could (kind of) argue the same for Thor. But this is the best option, from the leader.
Viltrumite - 1/12/2012, 3:37 PM
Very pleased with this. I always assumed Whedon would base the film around the perspective of Hawkeye, since he's the new guy and very human, but Steve makes sense. He's very fish-out-of-water and earnest in an old-school American way.
fedup - 1/12/2012, 3:37 PM
@dragonking555 I wouldn't necessarily call it losing sense of purpose. I'd say it be more from the perspective of "Okay, so I've got a dude who has armor and flies, a guy who turns into a ten foot rage beast, and a Norse God. And the only people here that are normal utilize almost completely different methods and have completely different values from me. And what's a freaking iPad!?!"
fedup - 1/12/2012, 3:38 PM
*would be
Supes17 - 1/12/2012, 3:39 PM
I was hoping it'd be more about Thor, since Loki is the main villain. but thats ok i guess
dahamma - 1/12/2012, 3:39 PM
Good Idea, he's the most relatable character too, so its good to see this from his perspective.
JordanKing - 1/12/2012, 3:40 PM
It's funny though, people hated the idea of an "Iron Man and friends" movie, but with Cap it's fine.
antonio - 1/12/2012, 3:40 PM
I always knew it would be from Steves POV. Glad to hear confirmation. Cant wait till may 4th!!!
ejkousc - 1/12/2012, 3:40 PM
Also Tony Stark as more of a side character (and not full on lead) might benefit that character even more. Jack Sparrow was at his best in Pirates 1 when he was more of a side-option. the co-protagonist. Like Han Solo. But giving the cool cavalier side hero the lead sometimes has a neutering effect. Tony Stark has held up as a lead but in a way he is the fun and fancy free secondary lead archetype who might function even better in a slightly subordinate role. He is Han to Cap's Luke.
LoudLon - 1/12/2012, 3:41 PM
Right on. It also makes sense from an audience perspective, especially those not familiar with the Avengers comics -- they get to see this big, crazy thing through the eyes of a character who is also coming into the situation fresh. Smart move, Whedon; my biggest concern was that with all the characters involved, the movie would lack focus. Bryan Singer did the same thing in the X-Men movies, introducing us to the mutant world through Wolverine's eyes, as he, too, was a newbie to it.

GreyChaos13Zero - 1/12/2012, 3:42 PM
that sucks, i don't like Capt that much and Iron Man has grown on me. the first Avenger was a weak film in my eyes. the first 15mins was really great when he was skinny Steve then he lost his heart i thought, but whatever can't wait:P
Niuhll - 1/12/2012, 3:42 PM
@JKM Cap is leader of the Avengers, the fear was Iron Man being the focus and knocking Cap out of that spot because RDJ is more popular or whatever reason.
95 - 1/12/2012, 3:43 PM
He said this before. He's a man out of his original time. When he enters this crazy world he'll overwhelmed by the personalities he'll meet: a man in a metal suit, a rocker-looking demigod, and a black guy in charge of an anti-terrorism organization. Oops, did I say that? Whedon definitely has great confrontations between the Captain and the other heroes. Okay, so epic character story? Check! Now where's the antagonist?
headlopper - 1/12/2012, 3:43 PM
J.A.R.V.I.S.'s perspective would have been preferred.

Now I will not be seeing this film.
ejkousc - 1/12/2012, 3:43 PM
@Supes17 - I think it was a given that Cap and Iron Man would anchor this story and that Thor might easily get lost in the mix. The fact that he has the closest ties to the villain is good enough insurance that Thor will have his own shit to deal with in the movie even if technically he gets less screen time than Cap and Iron Man. If Hulk seems like the odd man out, well who knows- Ruffalo will probably quietly steal the movie. Wouldnt be surprised.
bathead - 1/12/2012, 3:44 PM
Best news I've heard yet. Cap is my favorite character!!
comicb00kguy - 1/12/2012, 3:46 PM
This makes good narrative sense. I also like that they'll be paying attention to Cap's adjustment to the vastly different world he lives in compared to what he knows.
spiderneil - 1/12/2012, 3:47 PM
it makes sense to have a movie from a 'newbie' point of view in an ensemble movie as that person is essentially you asking questions.

think wolverine in the xmen

95 - 1/12/2012, 3:48 PM
Captain America: The First Avenger was great. Captain America and Friends is The Avengers? I'm fine with that.
strilfe - 1/12/2012, 3:48 PM
In Whedon I trust.-
InFamouslyCool - 1/12/2012, 3:51 PM
Makes sense.
Minghagz - 1/12/2012, 3:55 PM
I already had my suspicions about that so no surprise here.
Mechagino - 1/12/2012, 3:59 PM
Captain American and his Avenging Friends!

Ehh, that's cool and all but it would be cooler if it was from each teammates or at least the major teammates' point of view. Capt, Iron man, Thor, and Hulk.
LoudNoises - 1/12/2012, 4:04 PM
I would prefer if it was more of a duel perspective from both Captain and Ironman's POV. Tony Stark has too big of a personality and is too great of a character to be a secondary player.
Ghostfire - 1/12/2012, 4:05 PM
@Intruder
Nuff Said!

@Tea
DAMN!!!
superotherside - 1/12/2012, 4:13 PM
Heh, and the haters thought it would be Iron Man and Friends... lol :P

Personally though I think this is great news. I'm glad Joss is paying Cap so much action which I think means that he'll ultimately become the leader of the Avengers.

And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Spider-man and Batman faced each other at the box office, each struggling to gain the audience. But on that day the Avengers owned all.

:P j/k The other films will be awesome too!
thewolfx - 1/12/2012, 4:14 PM
great idea


now fix those ugly ass earmuffs!
spiderneil - 1/12/2012, 4:15 PM
@ loudnoises

xmen first class did the movie from prof. X AND magento's POV, so you can have two points of view and it not harm the movie but I can see why whedon is going with just cap
LoudNoises - 1/12/2012, 4:15 PM
@ejkousc- Good point about Ironman benefiting from not being the lead character. I guess I could see Tony being the cool one in the crew. The Han Solo to Steve's Luke Skywalker, lol.
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