During the Critics Choice Awards, MTV News chatted with Joss Whedon about his upcoming projects which include The SHIELD TV Series and The Avengers 2 and his involvement with Marvel’s Cinematic “Phase Two” as the creative consultant.
“Don’t go bigger; go deeper,” Whedon told MTV News, talking about how he plans to follow up the first Avengers film. “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. Something I always say to executives is, ‘the first weekend is your job and the second weekend is mine,’” said Whedon. “If it had done an amazing job on the first weekend and then disappeared from the screens, then that would be my fault. That was the one I was sort of counting on.” While he just turned in the sequel’s outline, Whedon says he’s “a couple of months” away from finishing his “Avengers 2” script.
And filming for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show should start filming “A week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to [S.H.I.E.L.D.]; it’s got to be bigger than your average cop show,” he said. “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.”
As creative consultant of Marvel’s other Phase Two installments, Whedon says, “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.” Whedon also says he’s yet to see a cut from Iron Man 3.