Joss Whedon on ‘The Avengers’ & Agent Coulson; Hugo Weaving Talks Blockbuster Fatigue

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 8th, 2012 at 10:52 am,

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Since 2008, Marvel has consistently produced successful superhero films – with the possible exception of The Incredible Hulk, which was somewhat underwhelming – all of which will culminate next year in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

Speaking of Whedon, the Buffy/Angel/Firefly creator talked about the stressful experience of writing and developing The Avengers film – as well as the expanded role of Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson. Also: Downtown Cleveland prepares for an epic Avengers battle. And, lastly, will Hugo Weaving return as the Red Skull?

First, courtesy of MTV Splash Page, Joss Whedon talked about Clark Gregg’s role in The Avengers as Agent Coulson:

“I’m grateful everyday to be with those guys, especially Clark Gregg. That guy, man crush! But I’m keeping it under control. It’s great, he’s been weaving his way through every movie and I really get to play with him and have [him do] a lot of stuff. […] There were things that during the writing, I was like, ‘I need something more here… Oh, Coulson!’ and he just, he comes up every time. Clark is such a wonderful guy but also such a precise actor. The whole troupe is so amazing, I’m actually surprised.”

When asked where he was in the development of the film, Whedon said:

“I have reached the top [of the development mountain], I’m going down the other side, I’ve just realized my Sherpa guide is frozen to death and several of my toes are missing. But we are on our way down.”

On the stress of making something as large as The Avengers:

“I don’t dream, I just think about coverage while sleeping, and then I wake up four hours later. It is an enormous task. It’s not daunting in the sense of any kind of responsibility except the responsibility I always have, which is ‘Will the audience respond to this? Have I given as much as I can? Have I made the actors do as much as they can? Have I made them comfortable? Does it all track as a movie?’ The complexity of this giant puzzle sort of wakes you up at 2 a.m. pretty much every night.”

Meanwhile, Joss Whedon and company are getting ready to film an epic battle in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. According to an extra who was sworn to secrecy (courtesy of Midwest Movie Maker), the battle will involve massive explosions – duh? – and take place somewhere near the end of the film.

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We know very little about the plot of The Avengers, of course, but it’s possible that these explosions will be a result of the Hulk wrecking havoc – as he did both in the original tale of the Avengers and the modern retelling in The Ultimates – or an alien invasion (Skrulls, Kree, etc.), which has been rumored more than once.

Lastly, Hugo Weaving talked to The Baltimore Sun about his growing disinterest in making blockbuster genre films like Captain America: The First Avenger:

“I think I’ve had about enough. […] I’m not sure how many more of them I’ll make. It doesn’t feel as though they’ve been the majority of my work, though that’s probably the way it seems to most other people.”

Does this mean the Red Skull won’t be appearing in The Avengers? Weaving implies that he’s growing tired of blockbuster films in general, but that doesn’t mean he won’t reappear as the Red Skull in an Avengers film or a Captain America sequel – or even that he isn’t contracted to do so. That said, even if Weaving really wants out, there’s so much makeup required for Skull that Weaving isn’t even necessary for the character to appear.

Are you excited for The Avengers? Let us know in the comments.

The Avengers hits theaters May 4, 2012.

Sources: MTV Splash Page, Midwest Movie Maker, The Baltimore Sun

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    • He never said The Incredible Hulk was a bad movie… Ben only meant that it didn’t do very well financially. And FYI he was right:
      Iron Man: $585,174,222 (worldwide)
      The Incredible Hulk: $263,427,551 (worldwide)
      Iron Man 2: $622,056,974 (worldwide)
      Thor: $444,501,162 (worldwide)
      Captain America: $246,203,967 (worldwide – so far)

      I also liked TIH, but not as much as the other Marvel movies (IM2 included)… TIH just felt a little underwhelming – and it didn’t have that much “heart and soul” like the others had – but still a solid movie (just not so memorable).

    • Agreed.

  1. I am very much looking forward to the Avengers film! From all the internet interviews I’ve seen with Joss Whedon, the man seems quite focused and knows his business second to none. In fact, for Robert Downey, Jr. to say that the project is so amazing, I’m so psyched to see this!!

    The cast is spectacular and doing their part to bring a high quality product to us fans. Like many, I’m DYING to know who the villains actually are! And to see such a dysfunctional team of superheroes come together on screen is a massive undertaking which I think Mr. Whedon is handling amazingly well.

    For me, a NYC resident, I’m just sorry more films, particularly films like this with NYC backdrops, can’t be filmed more here. Could you imagine? The Avengers actually being filmed totally (or at least mostly), here in New York? It’d be such a blast!

    Anyway, I’m just happy this blockbuster being filmed! Too bad Marvel doesn’t have the rights to ALL other Marvel (live action) properties right now, or I’m sure it’d be even more epic…if that’s possible!

    As always, Marvel’s coming out steller with it’s product and I’m looking so forward to this I wish I could speed up time! LOL!

    • Yeah, I’m a little bummed that the film is being shot in Cleveland for the reason that Cleveland doesn’t look anything like NYC. I’ll be surprised if they can pull it off, but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

      • the film is being shot in several different locations….

        • Yup! And the ironic part is that while The Avengers is being filmed in several different locations, but the MAIN location where the film’s storyline is situated in (New York City), is probably where the least bit of filming on the project has taken place! LOL!

          However, being that with all the space required to shoot this film, it’s understandable that NYC itself couldn’t be used due to the amount of street closings and vehicular traffic interruption which would be necessary to film the movie. Still, I can’t help how epic it would be to film that amazing scenes here in NYC for real! Alas, a dream deferred! LOL!

  2. I met joss whedon on set I was an extra in the Avengers movie (New Mexico location) Really nice guy very passionate about his work.

  3. Id love to see Taskmaster as one of the Avengers villians. Hes totally scary and always been one of my fav villains.

  4. In regards to the hulk why not do like the tv series and have a real person play him. Hey how about lou ferrigno, yeah have him bulk up and reprise the role,he has been stated as saying hed would if he was asked in a sec. Come on, what could it hurt these cgi hulk movies havent work out well thus far. Thoughts anyone

  5. oh and will somebody please make a great punisher movie for once. The closest they came was with thomas jane I believe, Ray stevenson wasnt bad just for god sakes find the right formula.

  6. I’m excited.

    However, it should read “Hulk WREAKING havoc” rather than “Hulk WRECKING havoc.”

  7. What about the Black Panather? I think he should show up in some form of fashion.