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Joss Whedon Flew In To Save The Day With Rewrites On 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 5:12 PM
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When you sign up for a Marvel movie, any precious notions you have about creative autonomy basically go out the window. Whether you're the director, an actor, an electrician or the guy who makes sure Samuel L. Jackson gets his cronuts, everyone is there to serve the Marvel universe and its fans. No more, no less. And while it's fun to think about [insert favorite auteur] getting a chance to make an R-rated movie about [insert gritty hero that no has heard of], it will basically never happen. But if you can give into that spirit of collaborative creation, then you'll probably be cool with someone stepping in to help on your movie.

Joss Whedon Talks Killing Off Marvel Characters Plus Watch 'Iron Man 3' Alternate Ending & Wasp In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 9:39 AM
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If Marvel has proven one thing thus far in their cinematic universe, no one is ever really dead. As we saw in "The Avengers," with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) seemingly dying only to be resurrected for this fall's TV jaunt "The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the long term value of a character is worth more than short term dramatic stakes. But the question is, can Marvel or current creative godfather Joss Whedon get the brass ones to actually kill off a beloved character? Well, the answer is simple: it has to make sense.

Joss Whedon Explains Why He Thinks 'The Empire Strikes Back' Is "Not A Movie, It’s An Episode”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 9:05 AM
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If you were anywhere near the Internet last night, you know that the Twittersphere and Facebookverse was dominated by two things: nerds freaking out over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman," and Joss Whedon dissing "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back." But here's the thing about the latter tidbit of news—it's not the first time Whedon has made his feelings known on that film.

No Loki For 'Avengers 2,' Joss Whedon Teases More Details, While Edgar Wright Says Ultron Was Never Part Of 'Ant-Man'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2013 5:46 PM
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You know you're dealing with the obsessive, knotty world of comic book movies when merely announcing the title of a movie can send a legion of dedicated super-fans into a speculative frenzy. This was the case when Marvel unveiled the subtitle for their highly anticipated sequel to last year's "The Avengers," titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." (For those without a basement full of long boxes, Ultron was a robot menace that turned out to be one of the team's deadliest foes.) While the movie isn't going to be released until the summer of 2015, details have started to emerge about what to expect from the sequel, with handsome dandy Tom Hiddleston confirming that his fanciful Loki will not be the villain for a second (third, if you count "Thor") time, Edgar Wright clarifying the film's connection to his own "Ant-Man" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" writer/director Joss Whedon offering further tidbits (including stuff about Thanos and The Vision).

Joss Whedon Explains Why Ultron Can Arrive Before Pym In 'The Avengers 2,' Kevin Feige Confirms Thanos In 'Guardians'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 22, 2013 9:03 AM
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Even with promising new footage for their new projects, star-studded panels, and an in-character appearance by Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Marvel Studios still took the lower-key approach to Comic-Con this past weekend, favoring elaboration over any earth-shattering announcements. One of these, the reveal of Ultron as the villain in “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” clarified a piece of the film's plot, but director Joss Whedon insists it won't barge into another planned Marvel property.

Marvel Announces 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' As Its Sequel Title

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2013 10:27 PM
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Well, that was kind of anti-climactic. With Warner announcing an untitled Superman & Batman film for summer 2015 earlier today, fans at Comic-Con were hoping that Marvel Studios would try and top the rival studio with various possible announcements. After all, there's plenty of options, there's been an abundance of talk about Phase 3 films and Marvel has planned two dates for 2016 (May 6, July 8) and one for 2017 (May 5) without revealing what those films will be. But it wasn't meant to be if you were hoping to find out what they were. If you were expecting to receive announcements about "Dr. Strange" or "Black Panther" movies, or more casting about the "Avengers" sequel, it didn't happen.

Joss Whedon Says Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch “A Huge Part” Of 'Avengers 2,' Wasn't Initially Certain About 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 1, 2013 10:23 AM
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It was a big week for Joss Whedon who managed to nab several honors at the 2013 Saturn Awards. Not only did he win Best Director for “The Avengers,” but the superhero blockbuster also won Best Science Fiction Film. And though he only served as a writer on the film, he had to be pretty proud that “The Cabin in the Woods” took home Best Horror/Thriller Film. Before Joss could accept those awards, though, he had to navigate the minefield of reporters looking to get the next big exclusive out of him. While on the red carpet, Joss discussed sharing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch with the upcoming X-Men film and why he didn’t initially believe in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Joss Whedon Says Loki Won't Be Back For 'Avengers 2,' Explains How 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show Fits Into Marvel-Verse

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Though he’s busy doing press for the micro-budget Shakespeare adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing,” current King of the World Joss Whedon hasn’t taken his mind off the unenviable task of following up the mega-hit that was “The Avengers.” And while we already know about some of the characters that will appear in the sequel -- Thanos, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch -- Whedon has let us know who we shouldn’t expect to see in “The Avengers 2.”

Joss Whedon Says There Likely Won't Be Any Crossover Between 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' & 'Avengers 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 1:53 PM
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So, "Man of Steel" flies into theaters with advance screenings tonight if you got your Walmart-branded tickets, so we can get back to talking about the Marvel universe, right? While Warner Bros. is getting their sea legs with their DC Comics properties, hoping Superman can lead them to a bright franchise future, Marvel is multiple movies and billions of dollars ahead, with much, much more to come. While WB figures out how to get their first team-up movie sorted out with "Justice League," Marvel has already knocked out "The Avengers" and has "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Avengers 2" on the way. Mega-world-building!? Not so fast.

Watch: 30-Minute Conversation With Joss Whedon At Film Society Of Lincoln Center

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 10, 2013 10:44 AM
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At a recent event hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, fanboy fave and Marvel guru of the moment Joss Whedon was invited to come down and talk about his recently released passion project “Much Ado About Nothing.” After being treated to a sneak preview of the classic Shakespearian tale, the floor was opened up, and Whedon took questions from the audience. This turned the discussion from the complexities of Shakespeare to the joys of all things geeky.

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