Joss Whedon On Juggling THE AVENGERS Sequel And S.H.I.E.L.D.

The director talks about his level of involvement with ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. series. Says The Avengers sequel is his number one priority and that he'll work on the show as his "schedule allows".


Joss Whedon has a pretty busy schedule in 2013 and prioritizing his time means he won't be the day-to-day decision maker for ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff---

“One of the great things about having worked for so damn long is that there are so many people that I truly trust.” Whedon told EW that his contributions to the show will be “as my schedule allows,” and will primarily consist of helping the team of brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen brainstorm stories. He'll also be doing the usual exec producer/overseer stuff of reviewing and approving cuts of episodes. ”I have to maintain a fine balance between not hurting The Avengers, which is my number one priority right now, and not be the guy who shows up once a month and undoes everything that’s been done by everyone else.” Joss is aware that despite not wishing to be that guy, it could happen unintentionally. To that point, Joss shared this anecdotal story from his days overseeing Buffy. ”Back when I was doing Buffy, I made a joke once. I said, ‘We’re going to do leprechauns! It’s going to be the best episode ever!’ And Marti Noxon, who just started as a staff writer, came back three days later and said, ‘I spent three days doing research on leprechauns.’ And I was like: What the f— are you talking about?’



Jeffrey Bell (Angel) will also serve as one of the producers of the show which will star Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker and Brett Dalton.

Marvel's The Avengers or simply The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.

The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film received positive reviews from most film critics and set or tied numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America and the fastest film to gross $1 billion. The Avengers grossed $1.51 billion worldwide, and became the third highest-grossing film of all time. The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 25, 2012. A sequel to be written and directed by Whedon is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

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