‘The Avengers’ Video Interview: Joss Whedon on Flawed Heroes & Hulk Smash

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:53 am,

Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated epic ensemble comic-book movie The Avengers opens in theaters in the U.S. this Friday (read our review).

We had the opportunity to speak with the director at the Los Angeles press event for The Avengers about the following subjects:

  • How he located the “Buffy of the story” (the central idea) in The Avengers and made sure each character was given their due.
  • How the characters’ flaws ultimately work for them.
  • What he hoped to achieve in bringing his version of The Hulk to the big screen.

Both Whedon and Avengers fans have been anxiously anticipating the film since the moment that the director’s attachment to the project was announced. Those who were familiar with his work certainly understood Marvel’s logic. Whedon has a strong record of creating powerful ensemble pieces. He was one of the Academy Award-nominated scribes behind the first film in Pixar’s now seminal Toy Story franchise, and was also the creator of the beloved Buffy, Angel and Firefly television series. His cinematic follow-up to Firefly, Serenity, provided many with the confidence that Whedon would easily adapt to the needs and demands of the feature-film format.

Some wondered, however, how Whedon would adjust to working with characters not of his own creation and within the framework of the Marvel movie machine. With The Avengers grossing roughly $180 million abroad since its opening and receiving a 4.5 (out of 5) official review from Screen Rant, Whedon’s ability to bring previously existing characters to fresh new life – while maintaining the integrity of their core essence – has been firmly established.

Whedon with actor Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) on 'The Avengers' set.

It will be interesting to see where Joss Whedon goes from here. He is optioned to direct The Avengers 2, but there is no official word on his involvement yet. He took a break from his Avengers helming duties to direct Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing and is reportedly planning a sequel to the wildly popular Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Whedon is a man of many interests, and it will be interesting for us to witness where he chooses to focus his energies as he moves beyond the herculean undertaking that was The Avengers.

Make sure to check out our previous The Avengers  interviews with:


Please don’t post any major plot spoilers in the comments of our Avengers interview posts. If you want to chat about the film itself head over to our Avengers spoilers discussion.

The Avengers opens in U.S. theaters this Friday May 4th.

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  1. All I can say is, thank you Mr Joss Whedon. Thank you for making a film that I will enjoy at least 3 times a year for the rest of my life. Thank you for making a damn near perfect comic book movie…
    If I could make one small criticism though: maybe dial down the comedy just a bit in the sequel? ;)

    • the comedy was great

    • Three times a year? Don´t you mean three times a week?

      • Haha, this year I’ll probably watch it 3 times a month (and the year after that ;)), but for the rest of my life? I think this’ll get as much viewings from me as Star Wars gets (and the original Star Wars trilogy gets three to five viewings each year).

  2. I laughed at the bad reviews from critics and IMDB!! This movie is AWESOME!! There are MINOR flaws and no movie is perfect, but it’s still a great movie.

  3. Next time anyone says fanboys can’t be pleased,I am just pointing at the Avengers. We can be pleasesd, everyone else is just making crappy films,

  4. As a die-hard DC reader for the last 30 years, Avengers has definitely raised the bar and surpassed any DC or prior Marvel movie but for some reason my 10 year old son preferred Iron Man.

  5. I vehemently disagree with “The Avengers” comment. The comedy was perfectly placed, timed and executed and were the most memorable and talked about moments in the film. Joss Whedon is an absolute GENIUS! I hope to high heaven he writes the script for the sequel!!!!!!!

  6. This Movie is THE, best comic book movie ever made. Thank Joss Whedon. The only thing I hated about the movie was the fact that it had to end. I Could watch this movie over continuely fovever, and not become bored.

    I can only hope that Marvel onl hires you alone for ll of it’s comic movies.

    And Thanos, really….? That is amazing, an Infinity watch movie would set the bar.

    P.S. You showed up Micheal Bay in 3 days, that made me feel warm inside.