Joss Whedon, the man behind such fan-favorites as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly,” and “Dollhouse” will be taking the reigns of the much-anticipated Avengers film for Marvel Studios. While he is well-known for his multitude of television creations, his only directorial venture into the world of motion pictures was Serenity (2005), the film adaptation of “Firefly.” Is he up to the challenge of assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes?
With an established reputation in the geek community, questions about how he will approach Marvel’s superhero opus are already ricocheting off the walls of the internets. The first thing many people think of is Whedon’s quirky style of blending humor and drama in a sci-fi setting. Will this be his take on The Avengers? Hard to say. His style may work for Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, but what about Thor? Will that film be Shakespearean and serious, and therefore bring forth a character not suited for Joss’s particular brand of humor? And speaking of both Iron Man and Thor, one of the big concerns surrounding The Avengers is in regards to the blending of IM’s science/technology with Thor’s mythology/otherworldliness. These are some of the challenges faced by Mr. Whedon as he climbs into the captain’s chair. Zak Penn (The Incredilbe Hulk, X2) is handling the film’s screenplay, so he will most likely be coordinating with Joss in order to answer questions like the one’s above.
Could The Avengers work with some Whedonesque humor sprinkled in? I think so. It’s a comic book movie. It may very well need it. With Marvel Studios working closely with their writers and directors, we’re hoping that the correct balance is established for this holy grail of superhero films. And who knows, we might get cameos like Alan Tudyk as Quicksilver or Felicia Day as The Scarlet Witch.
The Avengers is due in theaters on May 4, 2012.