Joss Whedon + Avengers = Good Happy Fun Times?

The news crossed today that our master, Joss Whedon, has been chosen by the brilliant folks at Marvel to direct "The Avengers", which is slated to grace theaters with its awesomeness in the summer of 2012 (assuming the Mayans haven't come back from the dead to kill us all by then).

Given the combination of two incredibly amazing things that I love, this has the potential to be the greatest movie in the history of moving pictures.

It also has the potential to be an abject disaster.

Let me explain.

First, the positives. "The Avengers" isn't coming out of nowhere in 2012. Marvel will have released two Iron Man movies, plus a Captain America movie and a Thor movie. So far, all we've seen of those is "Iron Man", which was incredible. If "Captain America" and "Thor" are even close to that level, then there's no reason "The Avengers" shouldn't succeed.

However, the pairing of director and comic book property is an important one, and it doesn't always work, even in the most capable hands. Remember how cool it was when Ang Lee, a fucking amazing director, was attached to "Hulk"? I mean, the guy made "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", right? How could that possibly go wrong? Whoops. Prior to 1995, people seemed to like Joel Schumacher. Now he's just the asshole who put nipples on the Bat-suit.

Now, I don't think Joss Whedon is Ang Lee or Joel Schumacher (or, God forbid, Mark Steven Johnson, the director of "Daredevil" and "Ghost Rider"), but his track record (I can't believe I'm about to write this) isn't flawless (oh, God, please don't smite me). He's directed exactly one major motion picture, and that was "Serenity", a movie based on his own creation, which didn't exactly tear up the box office (sad fact: Ang Lee's "Hulk" made $100M MORE than "Serenity" in U.S. theaters). Plus, the characters Whedon is known for -- characters like Buffy, Angel, Malcolm Reynolds, etc. -- aren't larger-than-life superheroes. While they have heroic lives, they're not the images that spring to mind when you think "superhero".

On top of that, Whedon has had issues bringing a superhero project to the big screen in the past. He was signed on to write and direct "Wonder Woman", but that never happened. To be fair to Joss, he left the project three years ago, and no one else has made "Wonder Woman" happen either, so that may not have been entirely his fault.

Still, Whedon does have heroic writing experience, having successfully helmed "Astonishing X-Men" for the better part of three years. And the reports about "The Avengers" say that Whedon is going to be re-writting the script too, which is probably a good thing, since I can't imagine Joss directing something that's entirely someone else's voice. Plus, I'm pretty sure Tony Stark is the perfect vehicle for Joss's snark (and no, I didn't intend that to rhyme, but it did, so I'm leaving it there).

As of this moment, I think Joss Whedon+Avengers=Awesome. But I definitely see how that could change. I'm just gonna remain cautiously optimistic for the next two years.


  1. 2 problems:

    1. the end of the world isn't until 12/12/2012, so we'll be able to see this movie
    2. The Ang Lee Hulk is good....... editing........


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