Writer/director Joss Whedon is best known for projects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, but he's moving into the big leagues as the mastermind behind The Avengers. I recently sat down with Whedon to talk about comics, and the trying task of bringing all these superheroes to life in a way that makes sense on the big screen. He also spilled on which "cute" Avenger is his favorite to write for. Check it out!
The Avenger's was literally one of the first books that I followed regularly. I've always loved the idea of getting to play with the same characters that I might have played with, in doll form, much later in my life than I care to admit. So tell me how you make the transition from kind of making your own cult projects like Buffy and Dr. Horrible into directing a huge blockbuster. Well, I've done things that other people have created before. I've worked in Marvel Comics, writing X-Men and Runaways. I've always loved the idea of getting to play with the same characters that I might have played with in doll form much later in my life that I care to admit. It's kind of the same task basically. It's was making sure there's a heart to it and everybody, you know, gets a chance to shine. So, what were your favorite comics growing up? Well, the Avenger's was literally one of the first books that I followed regularly. And then, you know, I followed the same path as most people: Spiderman, X-Men, Daredevil. They all had extraordinary eras. So, when you're growing up, which superhero did you kind of envision yourself to? You know, I don't remember identifying with a superhero, at all. Okay. I tended to identifying with you know, with The Ancillary kind of like the Rick Jones. So, what do you love most about this movie and what a lot of other people seem to as well is, how funny it is, so which of the characters was the most fun to write for. That is not something I can possible help you with. They were all so much fun because the style of humor was so different for all of them. I have to say He's a particular favorite of mine just because he's funny by virtue of just being sort of stalwart and decent and one step behind, and he knows he is and it bothers him but, it's still really cute. With so many superhero movies coming out, what do you think really sets Avengers apart? There are so many of them. It's different in that its the origin of the team and it's about the concept of teamwork and unity, and letting go of your own weirdness and isolation to try and do something important. So, hopefully it's so grounded that they'll be a lot more of them than spectacle.