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Joss Whedon Promises Avengers Won’t Be ‘Obnoxiously 3D’

You can add another name to the list of blockbuster flicks shot in 2D and converted in post-production to 3D now that Disney announced Joss Whedon’s Avengers will join the ranks of movies like Star Trek 2. JoBlo chatted with Whedon about the process, which the director said he knew about from the very beginning and thought of “every second” of filming adding, “The Avengers isn’t obnoxiously 3D.”

“There’s no, ‘Oh, look, we’re going to spend 20 minutes going through this tunnel because it’s in 3D!'” he said. “And no one is pointing at the screen the entire time. But it’s an action movie. Things tend to hurtle toward the screen anyway. I’m not a big fan of extreme long-lens, talky movies — I like to see the space I’m in and relate to it, so 3D kinda fits my aesthetic anyway. And the technology has advanced so far in the past couple years.”

Considering Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were converted in post-production, it should come as no surprised that Marvel and Disney decided to go the same way with The Avengers.

Opening May 4, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man,  Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.


  • Leewan17

    I’ve yet to see a live action movie, made 3D in post production, not be a ripoff. I’ve had to boycot several movies because my theater only gets the 3D version

  • RunnerX13

    I’m surprised, because the 3D only hurt Thor.

  • Randy Pare

    I hate 3D – it has only led to headaches, blurred vision, nausea & crappy story-telling that is more concerned with setting up “3D moments” than developing characters or advancing the plot.

  • Lord Prong

    You obviously need to see a better standard of film that uses the 3D format successfully.  Hugo was spectacular in 3D.  I also took my son to see “Arthur Christmas” in 3D and it was excellent.  I’m willing to pay an extra $3 a ticket for films that are enhanced by 3D.
    However, it’s unlikely I’ll see Avengers in 3D as I’m not a fan of 3D being used post production.  It needs to be filmed in the 3D format for it to be used correctly.

  • Toneloak

    Why wasn’t this movie shot in 3D? The director and cinematographer would have had much for control.

  • Skott Jimenez

    This movie is 2 for 2 now. I’m not at all interested in this movie and I’m less interested in 3D. So, my money is safe.