Because he’s contractually obligated to make steam shoot out of fanboys’ and fangirls’ ears on a bi-monthly basis, Joss Whedon recently gave an interview with MTV, variously discuss The Avengers 2, directing the pilot for the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, and what it’s like to be the unofficial overlord of Marvel Phase Two films. Check out his comments after the jump.
Whedon is currently writing The Avengers 2, the sequel to one of the most successful films of all time. No pressure, right? In the interview, he discusses his direction and tone with the sequel, and how he wants to “cause pain” for all of the Avengers involved:
Don’t go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in, and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.
In other Marvel news, Whedon spoke about the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show for ABC, and how Whedon plans to elevate it over “your average cop show” that still is “played out on a very human, small level”:
[We start filming] a week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to it. It’s got to be bigger than your average cop show. But at the end of the day, it’s about the peripheral people. It’s about the people on the edges of the grand adventures. The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. It’s about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, but all played on a very human, small level. That’s the appeal of the thing.
Finally, Whedon talked about his role as the official king of Marvel filmmaking at the moment, while playing down the extent of his power and possible interference:
I read all the scripts and I give notes on everything. I’ll look at cuts when they’re ready to show me. I’ll talk to directors if they want to. I try to make myself useful without being intrusive. I’ve gotten to be a part of all of them. That’s a dream job for a kid like me.
What do you think of Whedon’s comments? Any steam coming out of your ears?