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[Movies] Joss Whedon Speaks on Progress of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series and The Avengers 2
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 12.26.2012



Indiewire spoke with writer and director Joss Whedon whose new movie, Much Ado About Nothing, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. Here are some highlights:

On the progress of Avengers 2 and S.H.I.E.L.D.: "There's been enormous progress. We are trundling along, I can't share much. And by much I mean anything. I can say that "S.H.I.E.L.D" came together in a very organic way. And part of my taking "Avengers 2" was that I'd have the opportunity to work in the Marvel universe. I didn't exactly know I'd be running a TV show five minutes later...Yeah, but it's something I really believe in. Although,"Avengers" is the top of my list of exciting new things, "S.H.I.E.L.D." is really talking to me."

Regarding the success of The Avengers: "You know, [The Avengers' success] is lovely. I like a big round number. For years I've only said, "Look, trust me and I will make you money." I have respect for the business, for the fact that these people have made a great investment in me. But sometimes people make a great investment in you, and still not give you that trust. And then you can't, and then they cancel "Firefly." [laughs] And then for them to give me that much trust, and that much support, and for it to work for them and me and the audience -- for it to tap something because clearly it's greater than some of its parts."

His thoughts on The Avengers not being a "perfect film" but one that tapped into a need and became more exciting than making a "perfect little jewel": "You know, it's not a perfect film, but it seems to have tapped into a need, and that's more exciting then -- making a perfect little jewel. It's just hitting somebody in the gut, in a nice way. Kissing them in the gut? No, that sounds awful. But I have to say, there is not a number that can make me feel the way I felt during the screening of this, of "Much Ado," when the audience all got on their feet at the end. And I'm not saying I might have shed a tear, it's probably something I ate."





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