Joss Whedon Thanks Loyal Fans For Support, Avengers Success

What do you do after the movie you directed makes more than $700 million in 13 days? Why, you write a blog post thanking your fans, of course. That’s what The Avengers director Joss Whedon did in a meandering piece on the Whedonesque fan site filled with the kind of comments you’d expect from one of his characters. However, it also includes some interesting bits of information.

After admitting to not yet having an emotional reaction to the film’s success, Whedon said he’s excited about the change that will come for him professionally. “People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change,” he wrote. “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 [sic]. Imagine!”

The writer and director went on to discuss some of the less busy and successful parts of his career by way of thanking the people who have always supported him.

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.

Whedon also discussed his feelings toward The Dark Knight Rises, should that film happen to make more money than The Avengers in its opening weekend. “I will feel sad,” he said. “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.”

There’s more to be read in the original post, but Whedon eventually commented on his upcoming projects. We know he’s already directed a lightning-fast adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, but there are always other possibilities in both movies and TV, he said.

There may be new ideas realized — I always leave myself open to that — but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H[orrible] 2 does not waver. Those stories bubble on my stove…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?”

What the industry — and the world — is most curious about now is what Whedon’s next big project will be. He joked about rejuvenating the Air Bud franchise with a jai alai theme, but here’s hoping he has bigger and better things planned.

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  • durkadurka

    Love you, Joss.  Thanks for literally everything you’ve done.   I’d congratulate you on the success of the Avengers, but i’m too busy thanking you for it. 

  • SatanBigsby

    He mentioned in previous interviews that if he were to do a sequel to the Avengers he would tone it down and focus more on character/relationship building, but obviously that was a red herring if he’s using Thanos.  I was disappointed that the aliens weren’t Skrull, and I’d rather see a Secret Invasion film than an Infinity Gauntlet one with only two characters who could come close to damaging Thanos.    I guess everyone’s been complaining about the lack of “heavy hitter” villains in comic book movies though, and Thanos could provide some comfort in that respect.  I hope they utilize Death!

    The biggest news for me in regards to another Avengers movie with Thanos is the new announcement/tease of a Guardians of the Galaxy that is “very much the new cast with Drax and Gamora”.  Is it possible we’ll see Drax show up in an Avengers film before Ant Man and the Wasp!?

  • http://twitter.com/joshbrown2778 Josh Brown

    You realize that Chitauri are basically the Skrulls of the Ultimates universe, right?

  • theaceofknaves

    No Joss, thankyou. Class act.

  • theaceofknaves

    Who says Thanos will be the bad guy in the sequel? I imagine they’ll use him like the Emperor from Star Wars. Continue to build this ominous presence throughout a few of the solo films.

    I’d like to see the Pyms and Ultron in Avengers 2. That would be more personal like what Joss talked about.

  • Convoy

    Does Marvel even have the rights to the Skrulls, or are they with The Fantastic Four over at Fox?

  • http://www.facebook.com/spencergellsworth Spencer German Ellsworth

    MORE FIREFLY.

  • geoff kl

    fan of whedon’s comics but have to admit, not so much of buffy. appreciate that the guy took many chances with his tv shows.

    totally happy for his success with avengers, as im hoping it proves to the suits that comic guys can indeed create for the movies and make them accessible to all

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s sticky. I believe Marvel techincally has the rights to the Skrulls concept still, but Super Skrull himself is a decidedly Fantastic Four concept and off limits.

  • theaceofknaves

    i get ya. but i mean, don’t just use thanos for small appearances, build him up and unleash him in the end of a trilogy. have the second a bit smaller and more personal, then for the big finale, have thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet or something.

    because i mean, if you use him for Avengers 2, the only way is down from there.

  • Pondlife

    Remember the Vision was originally designed to destroy the avengers and could make a good villain and that storyline would be a good way of introducing a new team member without a long convoluted backstory via an origin movie – still I’d like to see Pym! Other early Avengers such as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch might be a bit tricky due to their X-Men connections but the Black Panther might be a good choice (more so than Wonder Man with his cheesy name or Hercules [we already have a demi-god]), still it’s the avengers there will have to be at least one addition to the roster (my choice would be to throw in a curve ball like Doctor Strange … I’m lying it would have to be the mighty Squirrel Girl [you can do it Joss, after this film I'm pretty sure they'll let you do anything]).

  • AirDave

    The only thing I’m hoping for is the addition of Hank, Jan and T’Challa. Maybe a threequel will be Ultron.

  • Renaud

    I first want to thank the person who had the vision to choose Joss Whedon as this film director; At first I had my doubts, but with every single trailers and teasers, all my doubts were erased

    I also want to thank Chris Evans for continuing to play my all time favorite comic book character, Captain America

    I want to thank Robert Downey Jr. for continuing to play beautifully Iron Man

    I want to thank Chris Hemsworth for making us believe in Thor

    I want to thank Mark Ruffalo for playing the best Hulk ever

    I want to thank Jeremy Renner for giving us the Hawkeye so well

    I want to thank Scarlett Johansson for giving it her best as the Black Widow

    I want to thank Samuel L. Jackson for giving us one incredible Nick Fury

    I want to thank Tom Hiddleston for giving us the greatest Marvel villain yet

    I want to thank Clark Gregg for giving us again this great character of Agent Phil Coulson

    I want to thank Joss Whedon for giving us the greatest movie of our time, I will never doubt again

    I want to thank Marvel Comics for finally believing in themselves and the fans that wanted this film for so long; this was a true masterpiece

    my personal rating and comments of the film – heroescomics.9f.com
    “The Avengers Movie is finally here after very impressive solo related films of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk; and now Earth’s Mightiest Heroes just smashed right through the all time opening weekend record by a long shot. This is the first Marvel related film, which I rate this high with a cool 10 out of 10 stars, and nothing less. Warning: After the first bonus ending scene revealing a major Marvel villain, stay put in your seats, for an additional bonus sweet scene; and for my part, I look forward to the next time The Avengers will assemble again on the screen in such a clever and spectacular way”

    - The Avengers

    This movie isn’t just going to make a lot of money for itself, but will also revive the sales of previous Marvel films, and for those who missed out on a few of them, those are all good

    - Captain America The First Avenger
    - Thor
    - Iron Man
    - Iron Man 2
    - Hulk
    - The Incredible Hulk

    This film is not only going to spark interest in a most bunch of obvious sequels, it will also spark interest in the sequels of individual solo Avengers films

    - Captain America 2
    - Thor 2
    - Iron Man 3
    - Ant-Man (hopefully Henry Pym & the Wasp)

    And who knows what else, movies fans can only dream of

  • http://twitter.com/PopCultureOtaku Richie Simonsen

    I love to say thank you to him for making a awesome movie.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EK6ZGUJDWHIZAIYBXBDSD4UCEI Jon

    Great Job Joss. I was very happy.

    WM

  • James

    No “thanks” for Jack and Don? :/

  • Demoncat4

    nice joss is happy with the fans support helping him make avengers a sucess. as for joss next project he can almost write his own ticket but fans will just have to wait when joss is ready to reveal it  though maybe it could be dr.horrible 2 and hope marvel lets him do avengers two

  • Washout

    Actually not quite.  Marvel and Fox share the rights to the Skrulls.  Either can use them.