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Joss Whedon Talks 'Avengers 2,' Untrue Rumors of $100 Million Paycheck, Importance of Original Content and More in EW

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2013 at 12:40PM

In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands August 23), Joss Whedon gives a candid interview, discussing why untrue rumors of a $100 million paycheck for "Avengers 2" irked him, Tom Hiddleston's much-loved Loki not being part of that sequel, the importance of original content and more. Highlights below.
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Cover detail from August 23 issue of EW
Cover detail from August 23 issue of EW

In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands August 23), Joss Whedon gives a candid interview, discussing why untrue rumors of a $100 million paycheck for "Avengers 2" irked him, Tom Hiddleston's much-loved Loki not being part of that sequel, the importance of original content and more. Highlights below.

Whedon on why Tom Hiddleston's Loki won't be in "Avengers 2":

“Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an Avengers movie.”

On the importance of new content:

"It’s very important that we start creating new content again. We can only build on nostalgia so much before we have nothing left to build on. Before we’re rebooting Spider-Man—again. It’s dangerous to the culture, and it’s boring to me. I squeezed in between my Avengers movies a 400-year-old play. So I really need to create some new worlds.”

On denying reports that he was paid $100 million for "Avengers 2":

“It bothers me. I think it gives people an impression of who you are that is not one I’m comfortable with. It’s something I’d live with if I had that much money. But, you know, I’m rich. I’m making the second movie. Does anybody think I’m not getting paid? But it’s not anywhere like what they’re talking about.”

On alone-time as a kid contributing to his creative instincts:

“I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist, I had a terrifying father, and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren’t allowed to make a sound. “Quiet time” is what we called it, because my mom was writing. So what are you doing? You’re either writing, or you’re eating, or you’re walking up and down your driveway creating giant science-fiction universes and various elaborate vengeance schemes upon your brothers. At our apartment in New York, I’d stay in my room and listen to [Star Wars composer] John Williams and make up stories.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.