SDCC '13: Joss Whedon Solo Panel

In between today's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel and tomorrow's Marvel panel, famed director Joss Whedon has his very own solo panel courtesy of Dark Horse comics. It's basically one big fan Q&A session so MCU topics dominated the discussion.

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By Mark Julian - 7/19/2013
  • Joss is asked whether he prefer creator-owned stuff or working on things like Marvel films. Joss' response: "It's all good. Ultimately, they get away from you even when you create them." He says that there's nothing like creating your own universe, but it always gets out of your hand.

  • Someone asks if Joss is consulting on other Marvel properties (which we already know the answer to be 'Yes.) Joss responds: "Nothing's under my control. I do actually have a consulting deal with Marvel. It's not for that reason, but it's part of that. I get involved with all of their movies and a certain TV show."

  • His ideal casting for Abigail Brand? Joss responds: "I don't have anybody particularly in mind. The first person who comes to mind would be Julianne Moore."

  • Joss is asked when he's going to kill Fitz and Simmons on the new "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show." Joss responds: "I have no intention of killing anybody from the 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot." Someone yells out "Liar!" Joss responds, "Oh? It's like that? S***'s gonna get real. I'm gonna kill them because you said that," he jokes (we assume he's joking but he's probably not). He continues, "I don't create characters so I can get rid of them. I create characters so I can love them." He goes on, "If I didn't kill [Walsh in Serenity], the number of people that I seem to kill and then bring back would be totally embarrassing. I couldn't get away with any of that if I hadn't. I do like to do it to somebody you care about suddenly, because that's what happened to me and that's what happens in life. And the fact that you guys give me so much s*** about it means I'm probably doing it right."

  • Whedon gives a shout-out to Drew Goddard for helping develop the Thor/Loki dynamic in "The Avengers." Whedon reveals he did some work on "Thor: The Dark World, "I think there's some fun stuff coming up between the two of them in the next one."

  • Whedon reveals that he's always wanted to write and direct an animated feature, albeit a more adult one like the anime Japan makes for adults that's "tougher, more adolescent adventure story." Citing Japan, Whedon adds, "They're not afraid to say 'Grown-ups want to see animation too."

  • Would Joss ever attempt Wonder Woman after being famously stonewalled by WB? Joss says, "No. Uh... It's not a total no, but it would be very hard... For one thing, I told a story. I never actually told it the way I wanted. She's a tough nut to crack. I don't like to go back to things so much and I also feel like, again, there's plenty of room for a new iconic female heroine."

  • "We don't have that plan. We can't afford her. But we do hope to see her again," Joss said of having Cobie Smulders appear in additional episodes of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • If he had all the characters available, which of the New Avengers would he add to The Avengers 2 roster? Joss said, "I'd take them all. Spider-Man. Wolverine. Luke Cage. Then I would shoot myself, because I'd have 20 characters to write...I just want to write a movie about ONE character."

  • How does he juggle such a large cast like in "The Avengers" and coming up in "The Avengers 2"? "I think the appeal of The Avengers is that it doesn't work," he said. Joss continued, "You're sorta inoculated against the absurdity by the fact that the people in that world recognize that absurdity." Joss said he grew up with stories that logically shouldn't have worked but did, citing comic books like "Howard the Duck" as an example. Citing another example, Joss said he loves director Martin Campbell's work, but that "Green Lantern" wasn't his thing and it showed.


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digymastr - 7/19/2013, 7:46 PM
We are truly blessed to live in the times of Joss "The Boss" Whedon and "Christ"opher Nolan.
CoulsonLives - 7/19/2013, 7:53 PM
JOSS WHEDON: The new cult for nerds!
DudeGuyMan - 7/19/2013, 7:55 PM
HAHA. "'Christ'opher Nolan"

Brokensteel1228 - 7/19/2013, 8:00 PM
nope, just whedon, there isnt anything christ like about nolan
MarvelDCfanboy - 7/19/2013, 8:08 PM



Joss is our leader now!!
TjAnthon369 - 7/19/2013, 8:09 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSS! He worked on Thor 2!!!
TheWolverine08 - 7/19/2013, 8:16 PM
Joss is our incredible leader. He will never do us wrong :)
SuperiorMrGod - 7/19/2013, 8:16 PM
@Brokensteel1228

Don't be a [frick]ing douche


WYLEEJAY - 7/19/2013, 8:17 PM
I wonder if he's really interested in Ms Marvel since he didn't get to do Wonder Woman? He sure loves those heroines.
DaVinci31 - 7/19/2013, 8:21 PM
Oh god, Whedonites are worse than Nolanites.
TheWolverine08 - 7/19/2013, 8:27 PM
Both Whendon and Nolan are the masters of what they do with CBMs. Whendom excels at bringing the unique, quirky, and fun world of comics into movie form with engaging dialogue.

Nolan is the best at making a dark, gritty, and realistic comic book film that speaks to the sociopolitical problems that we have today, and his films make you think hard.

All in all, they are both masters at their respective styles.
WhiteBolt - 7/19/2013, 8:31 PM
No ones worse than the Nolanites. Those guys will riot and burn your place down if you insult any of Nolan's movies.
MatchesMalone1989 - 7/19/2013, 8:33 PM
Whendon. THe guy who should be making X-Men movies as well.
CaptainHulk3 - 7/19/2013, 8:34 PM
Yeah Christ like...................way to far!!! Give'em a good name just not a 1st place superstar kinda name more like a name where the contestant starts out world record pace but the some how comes in 4th!!! Leads till the 4th quarterish kinda name!
DudeGuyMan - 7/19/2013, 8:35 PM
@LEVI

Lightining has indeed struck many many times for Whedon.



But if you're referring to soley an Avengers sequel, then never mind.
DaVinci31 - 7/19/2013, 8:35 PM
Love em all <3









CaptainHulk3 - 7/19/2013, 8:44 PM
@mindriot you sound like a failed 80's hair metal band! Lame!!! The only reason we give Mr. Nolan the heat is because he failed in his overall picture idea? He didn't really think he just kinda wrote! Like I do in my comments! Lmao but no no no really Huge BB & TDK Guy but he left me pissing in the wind with his universe ending script? Not very real world realistic!!? And honestly if Heath Ledger didn't come up with one of the best comic ideas screw that movie, book, theater characters of all time than TDK would be more C+ ish!!! Just speaking the truth ....................if you need to rewatch the movie let me know???
CoulsonLives - 7/19/2013, 8:46 PM
Why not call him Joss Whedon: Nerd among men!
Minato - 7/19/2013, 8:49 PM





Melkaticox - 7/19/2013, 8:49 PM
@LEVITIKUZ Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, Much ado about nothing...and The Avengers.
Yeah yes.
SnapperCarr - 7/19/2013, 8:59 PM
Joss is awesome.
TheAbomination - 7/19/2013, 9:02 PM
Howard the Duck for Phase 3.
Minato - 7/19/2013, 9:02 PM
Who said Avengers wasnt the greatest movie ever made and that Joss Whedon isnt a god walking amongst men???


EpitomeofAwesome - 7/19/2013, 9:02 PM
This is guy is incredible
CaptainHulk3 - 7/19/2013, 9:18 PM
Can't wait for @TChalla to join the group! We need the Panther!!!!!!
RamonSuarez - 7/19/2013, 9:25 PM
There once was a director named Joss
Who studios left to grow moss
But Feige gave him a try
To be Marvel's main guy
And now he's the comic film boss!
bagadoosh - 7/19/2013, 9:33 PM


back in the day
AUSSYACE - 7/20/2013, 12:06 AM
Man Of Steel easily beats Avengers with only one main character...
BlindJustice - 7/20/2013, 12:54 AM
@Aussyace - Be careful talking about...oh wait, you're TRYING to start an argument. Carry on then. Awesome avatar pic you have there btw.
BlindJustice - 7/20/2013, 12:56 AM
Joss Whedon: "there's nothing like creating your own universe, but it always gets out of your hand."

Stan Lee: "Preach on, brother!"
Minato - 7/20/2013, 1:05 AM
Its easier to make a movie with a single protagonist than with several.
SuperDan89 - 7/20/2013, 3:33 AM
@2Challa - Not when your trying to make a 75 year old icon work in the 21st Century, a character that is pretty much indestructible & hugely different from the era they were created both socially & culturally.
RocketRaccoon - 7/20/2013, 4:29 AM
Joss Whedon is a boss! Not that everyone in the universe didn't already know that! Just saying!
NitPicker - 7/20/2013, 4:45 AM
@AUSSYACE

The Avengers ending credits sequence is better than MOS.
RamonSuarez - 7/20/2013, 6:04 AM
@BlindJustice

Stan Lee: "Preach on, brother!"

Jack Kirby: "You should be one to talk!"
RamonSuarez - 7/20/2013, 6:06 AM
@MartianAbominationClone

Not really, dude. Someday you will realize how hard it is pull off an epic crossover film in a way that pleases the vast majority of hardcore fans, casual moviegoers, and film critics all at once. It will probably never happen again until Whedon does Avengers 2 and then it probably won't appease as many from all three groups like the original did.
MrCBM56 - 7/20/2013, 6:13 AM
You guys are really OVER hyping Whedon.

I would still put Nolan in front.
RamonSuarez - 7/20/2013, 10:25 AM
@MrCBM56

I like Nolan very much, but he doesn't make superhero movies he makes action thrillers with costumed characters.
Yeaton10 - 7/20/2013, 1:47 PM
Don't comic book movies and comic book TV need more than one kind of director. I mean Nolan makes scary serious movies that feel real (I'm not certain there is a valid realism but there is a feeling, and Whedon makes deconstructive stories that are lightened by dark humor. Nolan comes as essentially an outsider (I don't believe he ever wrote any graphic novels himself and a lot of his work is not comic book related) while Whedon is insider (writes for Dark Horse when he isn't directing movies and TV). They both created fan bases of remarkable intensity (search the internet and you will find remarks about the intensity of both groups. But multiple approaches keep the medium alive. If there were one boss with the one approach it would plummet into cliche's in no time.

I expect Shield will be a good show, that is very different from Arrow (which draws heavily on the dark knight legacy), and that means we are not stuck watching the same show all the time.

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