Transcription of the interviewRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con Entertainment Weekly and Syfy party red carpet.
Here's the video of the interview: http://video.about.com/movies/Joss-Whedon-Avengers.htm
Joss Whedon - Director of The AvengersI'm so hyped about The Avengers.
Joss Whedon: "Thank you. What's happening with that? It's a good comic. Is something going on?"
You're official now.
Joss Whedon: "Yes, I'm out of the closet. Yes, we can talk about it."
So today they announced officially who's going to play The Hulk.
Joss Whedon: "Yes, they finally did."
And Mark [Ruffalo], what makes him the perfect Hulk?
Joss Whedon: "To me, I wanted Mark because he connects with you. He is a guy who you feel that he is you and he reaches out to you in a way that I don't feel the performances as Banner have really done. And this also has to do with the way the narrative works, but I feel I wanted to come at Banner and The Hulk visually from a new place. And I wanted somebody that had the quality that Mark has which is somebody who has taken hits from life but is not defined by that. He's taken a hit and he stood back up. He's not thinking about himself necessarily. Mark is a very giving guy and actor. When he looks at me onscreen I'm like, 'That's me. That's the guy.' And he's like that as a person. And just talking to him about The Hulk I learned so much more about the character of Bruce Banner than I had ever even thought of. It was an instinct I thought no one would support. The studio were completely into it. Robert Downey Jr was super supportive. And you know everybody welcomed him into the fold and I was so excited because, to me, he's going to be the first Banner."
You're going to have to balance all these personalities and all these characters, and make it so that the fans are really going to appreciate it, how tough is that?
Joss Whedon: "You know, in a way it's tough and in a way it's the easiest thing in the world because that's what the movie's about. These people don't belong together. There's friction, there;s tension, there's drama... Oh, wait, I need that for my storytelling so it's perfect. There's no reason that this crew should be together except that we need them to be. And so I got very excited by this because of how odd it is."
It seems like it's taken a long time to get to the point where we could do an Avenger film. Why is now the perfect time for an Avenger movie?
Joss Whedon: "Well this is really the Marvel plan. This is really Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. They had a plan from the very beginning. They set this up in Iron Man, the first one, and they knew where they wanted to go, they knew how they wanted to get there. There were bumps on the road for sure, but this is part of the master plan that is kind of unprecedented. You know, it's very canny and it's very calculated in a way, but at the same time it comes from people who love - who love these movies - and who love the process of making them, getting them out there, and love what we're going to create. And so I'm just...well, I'm a little stunned. I'm still waiting for the real director to show up."
You've always had a tremendous amount of fan support for everything that you've done, so they're going to be behind you on this. But you know they always dissect every move. Are you ready for that?
Joss Whedon: "Yeah, I am. You don't walk into this thinking, 'I'll write something and they'll just love it and everything's going to be perfect.' This is going to be a process, it's going to be a very fluid process, you know? And as a writer that's a little daunting, but you go in knowing that and you adjust for the studio, for the actors, for everything they need and want, and you make sure that at the end of the day nobody ever sees that you did any of that."
If you had a chance to actually do more casting of it, do you think the casting that's in place is exactly who you would have chosen for each role?
Joss Whedon: "Oh hells yeah. I'd like to say that I came up with [Jeremy] Renner but they had Renner in their sights. I spent weeks - because it didn't look like that was going to happen - I spent weeks trying to think of somebody else and I couldn't get him out of my head. I'd try and make lists and they're like - it looked like I was getting married. 'Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Renner. Mrs Josh Renner.' It was like I had a crush. They just nail it. It's one of the things I love about Marvel. They take chances. It doesn't seem like Robert Downey Jr was a chance, but at the time he was. And the first time I saw Kevin Feige after he cast him I was like, 'Congratulations on being so smart.'"
We haven't seen Chris Evans and we haven't seen Chris Hemsworth, so what can we expect out of those two?
Joss Whedon: "Well you know Chris is a really sweet, decent guy who's really excited to be playing a really sweet, decent guy. You know, they both have the qualities of the person. Chris Hemsworth is obviously...he's not as arrogant as Thor, but he is as tall. And you know he does sort of wake up every day going, 'The world is mine. How nice. Look at all the tiny people.' I mean, he's a dear. He's a sweet, sweet boy but at the same time, he's bigger and handsomer than a person is. So they bring the qualities. Obviously they've got acting chops, but they inhabit the parts and that makes it so much more exciting."