'Avengers' Director Joss Whedon Declares 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Much Ado

"The Avengers" was not shot with an iPhone, despite reports to the contrary. But here's an outrageous sounding factoid that actually is true: busy "Avengers" director Joss Whedon cooked up his own secret indie movie while directing Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and it's a project of literally Shakespearean proportions.

Whedon, currently hard at work assembling the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor for Marvel Studios' superhero team-up, has announced the completion of principal photography on "Much Ado About Nothing," a movie based on the classic William Shakespeare play of the same name.

Shot entirely in black and white in only 12 days, Whedon's "Much Ado" stars a ton of the familiar faces we've come to associate with the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" creator. Involved actors include "Dollhouse" and "Angel" vets Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as unlikely lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Nathan Fillion in the showy role of Dogberry, the no-nonsense Reed Diamond as Don Pedro and Fran Kranz as Claudio. Yes, there's even a role for "Avengers" cast member and Marvel regular Clark Gregg, who plays Leonato in the film.

"The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it's shot in," Whedon said of his upcoming movie, which will supposedly be "completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy."

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is impressed by Whedon's ability to film an entire movie while simultaneously working on the biggest superhero movie of all time. I'm also sure I'm not the only one wondering how Whedon was able to pull this off, or if we'll see any tangible effect on the quality of "The Avengers." And I am definitely sure that I'm not the only one losing-my-mind excited to see Whedon's take on the classic comedy.

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