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Posted: April 15, 2010 in Scifi
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I can not express the joy and the happiness to hear Joss back in the saddle again. While I have to play catch up on Dollhouse, I thought Joss got a raw deal on Wonder Woman. This now begs the question, how much input will Joss have in sewing up the Marvel film franchise with Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and Nick Fury coming into play over the next couple of summers? Plus, since with Disney in charge of Marvel, will we be treated to a Disney like treatment or go darker with ala Touchstone Pictures with a PG13 or higher movie rating? While I doubt we will see an Avengers “R” movie, I don’t want to see the action be tainted which could also be a real possibility.

What is your take on this new bulletin?

Joss Whedon To Direct ‘The Avengers’


April 14th, 2010

In amazing geeky news that will surely rip a massive hole in the time/space continuum, Variety is reporting that Buffyverse master Joss Whedon has been hired to direct the big screen adaptation of the Marvel comic book series The Avengers. Whedon will be helming the film that will cull together all of the biggest Marvel superheroes — Iron Man (played by Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (played by Ed Norton), Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and MORE! I can’t even wrap my head around how amazing this news is … news of this magnitude is what the word epic was made for. Read on for the deets on this amazing development in geekdom:

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  1. Tony Dayoub says:

    Whedon sounds like a lame choice. I expect a lot of his time will be spent on snarky zingers that double for character development instead of actually coming up with a cinematic plotline.


  2. monster7of9 says:

    When it comes to character development especially in a large cast like the Avengers would not be the priority; that’s the individual movies to showcase. Joss makes sense of the fan base plus his comic book background makes more sense than Kenneth Branagh. Then again, Kenneth’s background with Shakespeare, I am interested to see his take on Thor.


  3. Tony Dayoub says:

    I’m very excited to see Branagh’s take on THOR. I am very familiar with his work and think he is perfect for the film. That being said, I think his version of the character will be difficult to shoehorn into the AVENGERS movie, so let’s see what happens.

    I am most looking forward to CAPTAIN AMERICA, which I hear may include some of the Invaders to spin off on their own. I think it’s a mistake not to pursue a Namor trilogy. Make it a better, more exciting, underwater version of the EPISODE I-III depicting a prince’s slow turn to the dark side as he acquires power… Namor as Michael Corleone.


    • monster7of9 says:

      While the move to expand the Marvel Universe appears to be heading into the right direction, at least with movies, moving off to lesser known titles might not have the same punch as the A-listers. Not everything should be a live action treatment but then again, Marvel’s animated movies have not exactly shined. After the first Ultimates on dvd, which was the best one to date, the remaining titles: Ultimates 2, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Next Avengers, and the two Hulk movie – Hulk vs. and Planet Hulk, have left a sour taste with me. I can not understand for the life of me how a huge franchise as Marvel lacks the 1-2 punch on their products for the masses. On the other hand, DC has had incredible success with their animated straight to dvd series but lack the vision to push their characters to the big screen.
      As Joss was going to direct Wonder Woman, there are no plans that I know of to date of DC doing a live action JLA. Before the writers strike, there was talk and even pre-production on a JLA movie but nothing has resurfaced. I would like both parties to come to bat with the products because we will be the ones who will benefit in the long run.


      • Tony Dayoub says:

        Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the “team” movies. X2 was the only one I ever saw that got it right. But it kind of undermines the super in superhero if you have a bunch of them running around together. Like what’s so super about Superman if there’s a Green Lantern right next to him or a Martian Manhunter. Better each one reside in their own universe.

        DC might be making a move in this direction, though. Angela Bassett was signed onto GREEN LANTERN to play Amanda Waller (SUICIDE SQUAD) and seeing as she’s not part of his backstory, I’m sure they’re going for the same effect as Sam Jackson/Nick Fury… laying the groundwork for a shared universe.

        As for so-called lesser-known titles, I think Marvel as always been stronger in this arena… getting a lesser-known hero that the majority of the public is unfamiliar with in order to freely modify his backstory to conform to cinematic tropes. BLADE was Marvel’s first hit. IRON MAN was a second-tier hero (at least as far as the public was concerned) until the film propelled him into the stratosphere.


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