While the rest of the superhero movie world is building their cinematic universe, Marvel Studios is prepping their second team-up movie, “Avenger: Age of Ultron,” with the man who pulled off the impossible, Joss Whedon, back for another go around.
But now that every superhero and their (likely deceased) mother is getting his or her own movie universe, what does Whedon think of the current state of the genre?
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the king of the Avengers spoke about the push and pull between making superhero movies that don’t feel tired and ones that still fit the bill.
“Now, I watched ‘The Dark Knight’ and I thought of that as riffing on the genre,” he said. “That was a superhero movie as ‘The Godfather.’ And I was like, ‘But I just still want to see a superhero movie!’ We had just gotten the technology to make it awesome, and I wasn’t ready to be post-modern about it yet.”
One of the main problems with the progression of the superhero movie is that it is pushing filmmakers to make them bigger than what came before, while still relating on some human level to the audience.
“You’re in a constant state of being pulled both ways at all times,” Whedon said. “You’re trying to make a populist film with fascist iconography that is just bigger, and better, and longer, and trying to break that down and find a weakness and humanity.”
To combat that impulse to go bigger, Whedon has a pretty straightforward strategy. “I try to make my superhero movies as if there’s either never been one or there’s only ever been them,” he said. “I work with the idea that it’s just a natural way for people to be, so that you still make a movie about people.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.