JOSS WHEDON Speaks on Several MARVEL Projects

In an interview with Deadline.coms’s Jen Yamato preceding his appearance at SXSW in support of his micro-budget modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon spoke on a number of Marvel topics. Whedon not only serves at the writer/director of Avengers 2 and executive producer of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series in development, he’s also serving a 3 year term as a creative consultant on all of Marvel’s upcoming  film and TV projects.

Here are some highlights:

On recently wrapping up the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot:

“The idea of the Little Guy is something that I am very fierce about, and there has never been a better Little Guy than Clark Gregg. That intrigued me, this world around the superhero community.

“It’s the more intimate stories that belong on television that we can really tap into the visual style and ethos, and even some of the mythology, of the Marvel movies.

“And how much it’s actually seeding or hinting or reacting to what’s going on in the movies is something we’ll let play out as we go. For me the most important thing is that people fall in love with it on its own merits, rather than constantly asking, ‘Is there gonna be an Avenger?’ Well, there’s not gonna be a Hulk because that guy’s too expensive.”

On the parameters of his Marvel consulting gig:

“I understand what Kevin [Feige] is going for and where he’s heading, and I read the scripts and watch cuts and talk to the directors and writers and give my opinion. Occasionally there could be some writing. But I’m not trying to get in anybody’s soup, I’m just trying to be helpful. “

On speculation over potential Hulk spin-off stories:

“The Hulk is the most difficult Marvel property because it’s always about balance. Is he a monster? Is he a hero? Are you going to root for a protagonist who spends all his time trying to stop the reason you came to the movie from happening? It’s always a dance. I don’t think the first two movies nailed it, but I don’t envy them the task. It was easier to have him in a group than to build everything around him. I don’t think there would be any problem getting a movie together that had enough Banner, even if there was also Hulk. But if he was only Hulk for the entire movie I think Mark [Ruffalo] at some point would go, why am I here? I would be less inclined to pursue a storyline where the Hulk is only ever the Hulk.

On whether he thinks Warner Bros. will ever pull off a Wonder Woman film:

“It’s not easy. It’s not a simple trick. The Marvel properties with the exception of Batman who has often been described as the Marvel character in the DC universe are much easier to translate to a modern audience. Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern are so far above us and their powers are amorphous and that makes it 10 times harder.

“I loved what I was doing on Wonder Woman. Clearly I was an excited party of one. I wrote the movie, I felt good about the characters, the structure needed work, I did another outline, they read it and were done. There wasn’t even a phone call.”

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