Thursday, 15 April 2010
Joss Whedon is being talked about for the job of ‘The Avengers’ director for a while now, but it appears that Marvel was taking its time to think over its options before finally settling on the final choice.
Since he has written for Marvel (he penned some amazing issues of the Brian K Vaughn-created Runaways series, as well as working on an Astonishing X-Men run) he should be a good fit. Perhaps they are concerned that as a director he is not the most ‘bankable’ and has mainly worked in TV. To that I say – “f*ck you” as his TV work is so much better than most of the drivel that gets released into cinemas.
Whatever people may think, he has the right sort of character focus to hold interest when we are not gawking at the spectacle. That is something that is needed in the summer blockbuster. If the character work is not there, then repeat viewings tend to grate, or never happen.
It will also be interesting to see if he can get the line up of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) or if turns out to include The Hulk, and whether Edward Norton is asked to sign on - or even agrees to do it.
The Avengers will see a line-up that includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) teaming up to fight a big threat. Whether that turns out to be The Hulk, and whether Edward Norton is asked to sign on or even agrees, is another matter.