Marvel’s Avengers According to Louis Leterrier

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm,

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Louis Leterrier, the director behind last year’s The Incredible Hulk, made a lot of headlines in and around the time of its release by hinting at a Captain America cameo in the film as an “easter egg” that never really met our expectations. Now he’s at it again, this time talking about the major upcoming Marvel films, what he knows about them, what he’d like to work on, and what he’d like to do with The Avengers, given the chance.

In a Clash of the Titans set interview, LA Times journalist, Geoff Boucher, sat down with Letterier who wasn’t shy about revealing some of his ideas and thoughts on the upcoming slate of films in development at Marvel Studios. We’ve taken the best bits to discuss and share with you, and then we share what we think could be done with the eagerly anticipated Marvel team-up adventure.

Besides bringing the big Green man back to the silver screen, Leterrier also directed Transporter 2 and is currently working on the Clash of the Titans remake, which stars Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, James Cameron’s Avatar). On set for the production of this movie, the cast and director conducted the usual interviews for the press where interview, Geoff Boucher extracted some great tidbits from the Paris-born director.

Only a part of the complete interview has been made available for the moment and luckily, it’s the segment that we’re most interested with: The superhero movie stuff! It begins with talk about the Hulk franchise where Leterrier was asked about his interest in working on the sequel to The Incredible Hulk that Marvel may be interested in developing in the future.

His answer was surprisingly “no.” He explained that he’s contracted to do another film with Marvel and says that when he’s done with Clash of the Titans, he’ll go to Marvel and say “Guys you need me? Is there something I can do?”

From Marvel’s perspective, I’d imagine they’d want him to do the sequel since he already started the rebooted franchise and did a solid job of it. From Leterrier’s perspective though, the movie was surrounded by controversy about Norton’s creative differences with the studio as well as challenges during production. And while it performed decently at the box-office, it wasn’t what some expected and it barely beat out Ang Lee’s version in terms of financial results.

“Hulk was such a challenge. It was to reboot something and follow [the Ang Lee-directed 2003 “Hulk”] movie that was absolutely adored by part of the fan population and then absolutely hated by another part. It was complicated for me. I wasn’t sure what to do with that history. I did my Hulk but it was not easy. If I do another Hulk film it will always be compared to the Ang Lee thing, and my first one … if I come back I’d love to do another superhero, something different that I can really put my touch on.”

So, if Leterrier does direct another Marvel flick, and if it’s not a Hulk sequel… then what could it be?

Of course, The Avengers is brought up next. And of course Leterrier says he’d love to do it.

Here’s where it gets interesting. After explaining some of the films he would and would not like to do (he would have liked to do Iron Man, Captain America and a different Fantastic Four movie but didn’t want to do Thor, even though he’s a fan of the latest Thor comics), he went on to talk about the Captain America movie and his ultimate dream project…

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On the subject of Joe Johnston’s Captain America origins film, he’s seen some of the early work on it and had this to say about it:

“I have seen some of the design work they’re doing for Captain America and it looks amazing. It’s a period piece and it’s like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and with more gadgets.”

Geoff Boucher then pointed out that Johnston was selected by Marvel for the gig for exactly that reason – he had done art direction for the first Indiana Jones movie and directed The Rocketeer. Leterrier continued:

“Yes, exactly, so it’s “Raiders” meets “Rocketeer” and “Saving Private Ryan.” It’s going to be so cool.”

Leterrier’s certainly excited about the Marvel franchise. Earlier, he praised Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige, for being great to work with along with all the folks at Marvel, and he’s a big reader of the comics.

“You know, you asked about my dream, I’ll tell you my real dream: To work with Joe Johnston and Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau and make like a triptych. We do four movies. We release them one a month for the summer. Or even every two weeks or three weeks. And the whole summer would be Avengers summer. So we do it the way they make television shows. One story arc but told in installments by different directors. So all of the directors that touch part of the Avengers world would do a part; we could make the movies shorter, maybe less than an hour and a half, and we use the same sets and save Marvel money. I would love to sit around a table with all of them a kick around the story. That’s my dream.”

Woah! Slow down, buddy. Four Avengers movies?

I think Zak Penn is having enough trouble writing one Avengers screenplay as it is.

As crazy an idea as this is, it would be pretty amazing to see that happen. Leterrier is on to something though and it’s not a bad idea to have two (or more?) films shot in one long shoot to save big time on expenses. More importantly, it would allow them the ability to tell a longer, more fleshed-out Avengers story than they can with a single movie overloaded with characters – which is the current plan as far as we know.

Why not do two back-to-back Avengers films? The market can sure as hell support it, if this summer and last are any indicator. With the many many more comic book films coming out in the next three years, it’s great time window to do something like that. Let’s also not forget that Marvel Studios hopes to increase its production capacity in the not so distant future to possibly support up to four major feature films per year.

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If all of these Marvel films currently in development are leading to the grand goal of The Avengers team-up film, arguably one of the most anticipated films imaginable, they should be capitalizing on this.

That being said, Leterrier’s explanation may be a little much. It would be far too complex to tell one story in parts like this, on this large a scale, having different directors do each part. Just being able to get them all together for a long period of time, with their own busy schedules for other projects is almost impossibility.

The more realistic scenario would be to have one director helm the film as normal on a long shoot, and break it into parts – Similar to what was done with Kill Bill, Lord of the Rings, the Matrix sequels and the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. They’d also have to be full-length films. There’s no way that short, less-than-90-minutes movies would work. We want full feature films done right.

This is a very interesting concept and the only issues I see with it are the financing and scheduling. The more I think about it, why wouldn’t Marvel do more than one? They could maintain their current schedule by having the first installment come out in 2012, and have the second part the following year. All of the key players are signed to multi-picture contracts, so Marvel may have something up their sleeves not dissimilar to this idea…

The fanbase and moviegoers everywhere have proven their willingness to pay for these films and we all know we’re all be paying to see the Iron Man sequels, Captain America, Thor and many more installments after that, why not more of them all working together? As I said above, it would allow for so much more characterization, a much greater plot and development of the villain(s), and we’d all get more of what we want, all while Marvel saves on production costs by filming them together.

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Hell, I’d pay to see Ed Norton, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Sam L, and whoever plays Captain America sitting down in character and playing cards together for an hour talking about what they did that week. It’s an no brainer.

Don’t be surprised if we get more than one Avengers film. For the moment, I’m more concerned on who will be playing Captain America and when we’ll find out. It’s planned to come out not long after Thor, and Brannagh’s team has pulled in much of their cast already, yet nothing on The First Avenger: Captain America yet while major things are happening in his comic series. Expect something on that soon.

And would someone please confirm for me that Ed Norton will be a part of Marvel’s upcoming slate of films? Even Hulk’s dance partner, Abomination, is being coy about the Avengers.

How do you think the Marvel films should play out – more crossovers and episodic story-telling like the comics, or more solo films after the Avengers? And who would you like to helm this epic project?

The Avengers, as it is currently planned, is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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  1. I thought it was a nice “easter egg” though. And it had a great deal to do with the plot… which I liked.

  2. It’s a great idea but would never work financially and most people would think it’s flawed because different directors would be doing each movie. Love it but studios won’t go for it.

  3. And it should be like comics each month where we don’t know what’s going to happen. with each movie we go in blind (only teaser trailers) – we find out while watching it instead of knowing the majority of the plot.

    and they could even do a buy all four movies for the summer at a special discounted price or pay more for each movie individually. just a thought.

  4. I just put an article on From Heroes to Icons. It’s all a bit crazy. I think they should do individual films as well as the big epic team-ups. Would you believe I haven’t even had a passing thought on a director for the Avengers. Wow……That can be anybodies guess. I have no clue. It has to be someone that is very good with group dynamics. Or Favreau, Leterrier,and Branagh could split the work. Each would focus on scenes with the characters they’ve directed. I guess that’s as crazy as Leterrier’s idea. But it might work

  5. Well, I hope that Iron Man 2, Thor, and somehow Captain America can all manage to have as many cross references and crossover elements as possible…they need to do their best to make sure these films all feel like they inhabit the same ‘universe’

    And of course, The Avengers will quite possibly be one of the most anticipated films of all time, it’ll essentially serve the purpose of being a sequel to all of these hit, well received superhero films…Iron Man 2 will be huge, Thor and Captain America may be big suprise hits, bigger than some are expecting…and having The Avengers follow up the very next year…its going to be gold, its going to be better than gold.

    I think they should focus on making The Avengers one self contained team up film, and then spin the characters back into solo films again, Thor 2, Captain America 2, Iron Man 3, maybe Hulk 2…and there will be the opportunity for even more crossover appearances, even if Thor 2 and Hulk 2 are not deemed necessary, whats to stop Thor or Hulk from making their way into a Captain America film in a fairly large role? They can have 1-2 character team ups in future films before winding the whole team together for an Avengers 2.

    But as far as crossovers for the time being, I’m talking Banner in IM2(make it happen!) SHIELD and potentially Nick Fury and Black Widow in Thor, Howard Stark in Captain America, etc. etc. They’ve already made SHIELD a common thread in IM and Hulk, as well as made references to Captain America and have a Stark cameo…they need to keep this up.

  6. This guy is great!
    He did a great job on Hulk…
    Like Favs on Iron Man, I would trust Louis L. with Avengers!!!!

  7. love his DREAM idea for multiple Avengers films. Not impossible if all goes well for Marvel Studios in the future. Would be better for the large ensemble cast of the Avengers. Telling the best story is the most important thing after all.

  8. Will there eventually be movies made on the Marvel crossover events?
    will we see Avengers:Civil War?
    And SHOULD that be done if it could be done ?

  9. I agree we need some confirmation soon about the extent of Hulks/Nortons involvment in upcoming films.

    As far as a sequel to the Avengers, I can see Captain America hanging around to be the lead in any future Avengers films. Along with a few member changes per installment. Black Widow, Hawkeye, Wasp, Hank Pym, Vision, Ms Marvel, Wonderman, ect.

    I think Iron Man, Thor and Hulk will go back to their respective frachises, because it would be way too wonderful to hope that they could bring together all four characters (and actors) for a second time in the same film.

  10. Gary
    civil war is a great story and I would love to see them go in that direction but it may not happen for a while. It would be very interesting though.

  11. if louis letterier wants to work on a hulk sequel than please don’t involve/include the military or any mortal human beings as his adversaries or enemies. hulk posesses superhuman strength. the hulk is not human, doesn’t anyone who is making these movies understand that? they have to go back and consult with marvel or start reading all of the hulk comics to see that he has many foes or enemies that have super strengh or superpowers that make them a worthy opponent for him. or make hulk vs x-men or fantastic four.

  12. Is it just me or should Spider-Man 4 tie into the Avengers as well? I mean Spiderman was a part of the avengers at one point. but why not have it like the Incredible Hulk where Tony Stark shows up at the end? Why not have something similar like that in Spider-Man 4? Have Stark or someone from Avengers show up and be like “we want you to join our team” and spider-man says no but at the end of the Avengers movie Spidey finally shows up. Anyone else thinking this or something similar?

  13. No Spider-man crossover. His film rights are owned by Sony not Marvel. Ghostrider could show up in his film. Sony owns the rights to him.

  14. IN Louis we TRUST! Bring it!

  15. besides the basics, all these comic book movies need is a good villian.

    i would focus just as much on him as everyone else seems to be on the heros. everybody loves a bad guy.

  16. GI Joe: Rise of Cobra is a nice generic template to follow for the Avengers film, IMO. In GI Joe:ROC they had multiple major players on both sides and epic scenes around the world with a decent plot. I’d expect nothing less.

  17. I like the idea of multiple Avengers films with each one coming out a month apart. What I DON’T like is the “less-than-90-minutes” part of that. At $9-12 a pop, fans deserve a nearly 2-hour superhero film (but NOT more than 2 hours). I can see Avengers 1 in May, Avengers 2 in June, Avengers 3 in July and Avengers 4 to wrap up the story arc in August. But it would have to be a HUGE story arc with each film able to hold it’s own individually. That is a huge task, but if done right it would be epic. Ticket sales would be huge AND the DVD/Blu-Ray sales would be mind-boggling.

  18. No Civil War ..that was awful IMO …Mark Millar is SSOOOOO overrated..

  19. it’s nice to have these thoughts but it’s all very premature. First gotta make good Thor and Cap America movies. Then worry about Avengers after.

  20. That picture from the 1st page is awesome! Who is the artist? Screenrant team, do you have a very big picture version of that so I can use it as a wallpaper? Of course without LL. 😛

  21. i hope he does another hulk movie that one rocked it out and i would love to see how they do the leader,and bring back the abomination.i would love to see if the leader takes control of his mind in the avengers movie,or if he can control his powers now.bring on the incredible hulk sequel pleaseeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love hulk hes my favorite after the x-men and there are so many things they can do with him.

  22. i really want to see a hulk vs thor movie & hulk vs x-men and hulk vs fantastic four. are their any plans for a sub mariner movie ? how about a movie about the defenders which featured silver surfer doctor strange hulk & prince namor the submariner. also hulk vs the thing. another cool movie to make would be thor vs hercules. how about a team-up movie with captain america,spiderman,black panther & daredevil.

  23. Well, a lot going on… Directors vying for a shot at doing “Avengers.” Disney wanting to buy Marvel. Ideas blazing back and forth like machine gun bullets. It’s enough to make this old man’s heart pound a little harder. :) 😛

  24. Leterrrier’s such a fantastic director. The studio forcing cuts to the movie was such a kick in the balls for me once I watched ’em. It wasn’t like Iron Man which got released perfect, they edited out all the story and character stuff from Incredible Hulk! Plus they cut out the opening scene which was killer and had the shiled in it. Though I liked the stuff about the WWII super solider formula, they still cut the dialogue down from the original scenes. I’d love to see he and Norton both return for a Hulk sequel, but I’d settle for Avengers. And even though the film got cut down, I still enjoyed what we got to see, though. it was a million times better than that farce directed by Ang Lee.