‘Avengers’ Director Joss Whedon Is ‘So Clever,’ Chris Evans Says

'He's a great guy to be quarterbacking this thing,' the 'Captain America' star tells MTV News.

Although most of our Marvel Comics-related movie excitement these days is pegged to the impending release of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” we can’t help but already get excited for next year’s highly anticipated, superhero-filled “The Avengers.”

When MTV News caught up with Cap himself, [movieperson id="266872"]Chris Evans[/movieperson], during our “MTV First: Captain America” interview Thursday, we asked for his thoughts on working with fan-favorite “Avengers” director Joss Whedon.

“He’s unbelievable,” Evans said. “He’s so clever. He lives in the world of comic books, so he has in his head an amazing story already mapped out. When it comes to directing actors and understanding dialogue, he’s an incredibly talented writer. If something isn’t working for you as an actor within the words, he can walk away for 10 minutes and come back with seven options that are all fantastic and clever and witty and it’s got a pace and a banter,” he explained. “He’s a great guy to be quarterbacking this thing.”

With regard to Captain America’s story line in “The Avengers,” the details of which Evans couldn’t fully divulge but are briefly teased at the end of “Captain America,” he said his character is basically a fish out of water trying to understand the modern world around him.

“It’s really multifaceted. The guy has to accept the fact that everyone he knew and loved is gone,” Evans said of his character’s new arc. “Not only is he alone, [but] the world has changed so much, and I think a big part of what makes Cap Cap was his connection to the way things used to be, this kind of pro-American morality and good-ol’-boy sense of life and the way of doing things,” he added. “In the modern era, there’s a bit of a disconnect. There’s not as much human interaction. I think there’s more cynicism than there was back then, so it’s him trying to come to terms with the way things are.”

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