Joss Whedon Thanks The Fans For All THE AVENGERS Support

Joss Whedon Thanks The Fans For All THE AVENGERS Support

The Avengers director writes a long "thank you" letter as only Joss Whedon can.Says Whedon, "The Avengers is notably imperfect, which makes its success mean so much more to me." Oh, and he also touches on the TDKR (non)rivalry.

By MarkJulian - May 09, 2012 06:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Avengers
Source: Whedonesque

Dear Friends,

Well, it's been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can't wait! But before I become blinded by this "emotion" experience, there's a few things I'd like to say. Well, type.

People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good -- change is exciting. I think -- not to jinx it -- that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of "the Avengers" gross, I can afford to buy... [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] ...a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of "Air Bud" that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

What doesn't change is anything that matters. What doesn't change is that I've had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of -- I'm not even gonna say fans. I'm going with "peeps" -- that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I've had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y'all. A lot of stories have come out about my "dark years", and how I'm "unrecognized"... I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I'm ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I've yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I've thought, "maybe I'm over; maybe I've said my piece". But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y'all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you're probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I'm an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You've taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go "I told you so", to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. So please welcome my old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson!

RDA: So good to see you, young Joss! is it possible you've gotten more attractive since we last spoke, and less fungal in odor?

JW: Thanks for noticing. Let's talk.

RDA: "the Scavengers" is a huge success! Does this mean you have changed the very fabric of existence?

JW: Dude, it's just a movie. Also, yes.

RTA: I've seen a lot of a talk about "the Availers" vs "the Dark Knight Rises". How will you feel if you're eclipsed by Nolan?

JW: I'm glad I made you ask that. I will feel sad. But let's look at the bigger picture, and I can't say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We're in the business of proving that superhero movies aren't just eye-candy (they're eye-TRUFFLES!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I'm proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan's Kirk Douglas, I think they're missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I'M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi INVENTED the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.

RTA: What does this mean for your upcoming slate of tiny independent films/Internet shenanigans? Will they fall by the wayside?

JW: There may be new ideas realized -- I always leave myself open to that -- but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H.2 does not waver. Those stories bubble on my stove.

RTA: And TV?

JW: TV is my great love. To tell stories with that alacrity, intensity, and immediacy... Nothing quite like it. I imagine it's not dissimilar to the feeling great poker players have: "Here's what I got, here's where I'm going... How to trick everybody into thinking I know what I'm doing?" [Full disclosure : Joss hates poker. He is probably talking about bridge. But it should apply nonetheless.].

RTA: What message would you give fans of "the Lavenders" who are not so familiar with your previous work?

JW: "Cabin In the Woods": still in (some) theaters!

RTA: Is 'the Ravengers" a perfect movie? It did get an A+ cinemascore...

JW: There are very few perfect movies. "The Court Jester", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "Godfather" I & II... The list does not go on and on. "The Avengers" is notably IMperfect, which makes its success mean so much more to me -- because it's striking a chord that matters MORE than its obvious flaws. Like the team, it appears to be more than the sun of its parts. Boo-yah!

RTA: What do you feel is the greatest achievement of "the Avoiders"?

JW: Getting "mewling quim" out there to the masses. Also, Hulk.

RTA: Anyone in particular you'd like to thank?

JW: [Reads from notecard]. I couldn't have done this myself. Part of this Saturn Award belongs to Jeremy Latcham, Kevin Feige, and the fine Marvel folk... But the secret ingredient is my closest peeps: J-Mo, who did uncredited punch-up work (carrier battle, yo!), Z-bro, Drew "I am Loki only taller and foppier" Goddard, and Kai, all of whom worked the story with me. Without them (and Jeremy), I'd still be figuring out how the Wasp fits in to this, and where to put Red Hulk.

RTA: What's next for Joss "finally got it right for a change" Whedon?

JW: Can we not call me that?

RTA: Just deal. Whut up?

JW: I really think we should discuss that nickname, but I'm finishing "Much Ado About Nothing" this month. If you liked "the Avengers", you'll love... I can't. It's Shakespeare. And not in the park. I hope it gets watched.

RTA: Any message to your precious "Whedonesk?"

JW: Whedonettes?

RTA: Weeble-eque?

JW: I'm not aware of that group.

RTA: Didn't they know you when?

JW: I'm not sure who you mean. I'm discarding my old fans so I can concentrate on fame, Euro-trash guy-jewelry and my precious "Air Bud" reboot. But, dude, don't print that!

RTA: You have my word.

-j., 5/9/12

The Avengers is an upcoming 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 written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 in the United States in 2D and 3D and set a new box office record for a film's opening weekend.

Running Time: 2 hrs 23minutes
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)

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AlSimmons - 5/9/2012, 6:38 AM
I would like to see an Air Bud reboot to be honest. All the ones after 2 are unwatchable.
MarvelChile - 5/9/2012, 6:50 AM
blvdnoise - 5/9/2012, 6:51 AM
Seems like these two could just go on back and forth at each other all day. lol Joss is a funny guy..
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/9/2012, 6:52 AM
Ahhhhh, Jessica Jane Clement is going to be my wife. Whether she likes it or not.

R888 - 5/9/2012, 6:54 AM
Thank you whedon I see you in the next avengers sequel or hulk film :) and also giving us thanos

alan380 - 5/9/2012, 6:57 AM
Grrrr. Arrrh.
GUNSMITH - 5/9/2012, 7:02 AM
marknjoanna - 5/9/2012, 7:05 AM
your very very welcome joss.and thank you for adding to the beat down marvels been putting on dc the last 5 years.
GUNSMITH - 5/9/2012, 7:06 AM
someone79 - 5/9/2012, 7:07 AM
thanks joss! and also thanks for ur thoughts about this stupid TA vs TDKR thing...we all win here!
thalidomide - 5/9/2012, 7:08 AM
Thank you Mr. Whedon for embracing and respecting the comic book movie genre.
marknjoanna - 5/9/2012, 7:08 AM
and after the speed bump called tdkr.marvel will put another savage beat down on dc. till they reboot the one horse show called batman.hope you dc fans are ready for batman 9.10 and 11 cause dc has nowhere else to turn to.
SotNatt - 5/9/2012, 7:10 AM
"To glow. To crow and go "I told you so", to those Joe Blows not in the know."


Don't do that, I said out loud to myself.


Much love, Whedon. Much love.
TheDetectiveComicRises - 5/9/2012, 7:13 AM
& Thank U Mr. Whedon for a job well done & most of all showing us all what it is all about & that is respecting one another & having a good time in The Comic Book Universe & most all in life :)
StrangerX - 5/9/2012, 7:14 AM
NO thank you sir!!!

The Avengers was INCREDIBLE!!!
SleazyJonesDC - 5/9/2012, 7:16 AM
Can't wait to see The Dark Knight Rises. I'm looking forward to a superhero not killing anybody. That might be why he said they invented the true superhero flick
MrAmerica - 5/9/2012, 7:17 AM
Thanks to you Joss for bringing us the biggest movie experience that we've always wanted, The Avengers would not have been possible without you.
TheHitchhikingGhost - 5/9/2012, 7:18 AM
Please let that put the TDKR vs AVENGERS shit to rest. Here's a guy who's experiencing an overwhelming amount of success at this very moment and is still able to pretty much tell us that a comparison/feud is... douchey. We all win this summer.
MadTitan - 5/9/2012, 7:18 AM

thank you for that awesome CBM adaptation phenomenon that is "The Avengers".


TheHitchhikingGhost - 5/9/2012, 7:19 AM
@Mumble, if not for Raimi's first Spidey being the massive hit it was, who knows what the CBM landscape would look like right now. Even if you don't like it, at least appreciate what it paved the way for.
SHO1138 - 5/9/2012, 7:22 AM
Joss you're one daffy bastard and i love ya for it.
MadTitan - 5/9/2012, 7:23 AM

@ggoblin31 --- agreed! people tend to forget that Raimi also made a huge impact in paving the way for the succeeding cbm movies! thanks Joss for that nod.

may we see you once again in The Avengers 2!
90caliber - 5/9/2012, 7:23 AM
@ashestophoenix You'll catch a lawsuit for shit like that!
RunDTC - 5/9/2012, 7:24 AM
no, thank YOU Joss!
TheHitchhikingGhost - 5/9/2012, 7:26 AM
...and I love the Woody Strode / Kirk Douglas reference. To all of you Bat-fans out there, Woody Strode (Whedon) died at the hands of Kirk Douglas (Nolan) in SPARTACUS. So, the dude is yielding already even though he has zero reason to. He's a class-act.
Mugwamp - 5/9/2012, 7:26 AM
I guess I'm going to have to take everyone's word for it. I'm probably the last person on this board that hasn't seen Avengers yet. Yes, I know, but I have 2 kids and haven't been able to get away long enough to check it out yet. I can't wait. I'm hoping it's as good as everyone is saying.
Wildaniel - 5/9/2012, 7:29 AM
Thank you Joss, next time not to much comedy, lol.
TheDetectiveComicRises - 5/9/2012, 7:30 AM
@TheMumbleRises Batman did not intentionally kill Harvey Dent in TDK He rescued Gordon's son & in the events leading up to TDKR Bruce has been healing after 8 years of battling The Joker & Harvey so Harvey actually did live afterwards.

@SuperBat77 Batman specifically said in Batman Begins Bruce did what he had to do when he saved that thief & defended him self it's not like he stabbed Ras & went to the top of the roof and made the place come down on him as well as the real Ras "Ducard" when Batman said "I won't kill U but I don't have to save U either"

In some ways Bats is like Superman they want kill Superman will not intentionally kill a human but something else such as a robot or beast yes & Batman would not kill a human but I'm pretty sure he would have killed those Aliens if He had to or if it meant saving other lives keep in mind Batman will cross the line if He has to...
TheDetectiveComicRises - 5/9/2012, 7:31 AM
@ggoblin31 agreed well said :)
Xeriath - 5/9/2012, 7:31 AM
Thank you Joss!! Without you, this movie might have been a Michael Bay type train wreck. All action and no heart. Thank you for giving us The Avengers movie we deserve and have been waiting for! Couldn't have done it any better!
Xandera - 5/9/2012, 7:33 AM
Thank you, Joss Whedon! For the best CBM of all time and for ensuring the future of CBMs!
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