Avengers director Joss Whedon says Avengers sequel will be “smaller”

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We’ve still got about 2 months until The Avengers hits theaters and director Joss Whedon has spilled some of the beans on the movie and potential sequel to SFX.

First up, he talks about what his goal with The Avengers is. He doesn’t necessarily care about them blowing up stuff. He wants to go deeper into their characters. “I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” Whedon tells SFX. “I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”

That sounds great. Characters are what make movies special and memorable. Not huge explosions and supermodels getting out of Ferraris (MICHAEL BAY I’M LOOKING AT YOU).

When he was asked how big the sequel would be aiming to be he responded with the following:

“By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful… By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

It may sound a little disappointing, but I think it’s largely encouraging. Christopher Nolan didn’t want The Dark Knight to be a bigger movie than Batman Begins. He wanted it to be a better movie. He and his team worked on a story that would take his characters to new heights. If Whedon can do that for the Avengers sequel he’ll be golden. [SFX via ComingSoon]



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