We all already knew that Joss Whedon was directing The Avengers, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when he confirmed the fact at SDCC. However, that doesn’t mean Whedon didn’t get me even more excited than I was previously.
The Avengers is scary. It’s a big, audacious movie that could wind up being a big, audacious crapfest. We already saw how Marvel Studios is still learning how to handle their interwoven movie universe when Iron Man 2 came out and paled in comparison to the first film, in large part because Favs was forced to jam two movies into one movie, while also gearing everything up for future continuity. Much of the interaction and character development felt forced and rushed. That is worrisome.
Yet, Joss Whedon is a man who invokes strong feelings of calm and hope for nerds everywhere. Especially when he says stuff like this, speaking of why he is excited to do The Avengers movie, “These people should not be in the same room, much less the same team. The very definition of family.” That’s right folks, Joss Whedon understands The Avengers as a ragtag group of people who shouldn’t get along or like each other, but have to bond and work together… in other words, it falls right into Whedon’s wheelhouse.
**sigh** Sometimes the universe doesn’t seem to hate me after all.