This year was Joss Whedon’s year to shine. There obviously was “The Avengers,” which was a massive box office and critical success, but his little horror-comedy-that-could “Cabin in the Woods” was met with rave reviews and his take on “Much Ado About Nothing” was one of the darlings of the Toronto International Film Festival. Up next, he’s working on a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV show for ABC, a sequel to “The Avengers” and acting as a creative consultant for Marvel — all good things for a man who not too long ago watched his TV shows leave the air after little more than one or two seasons.
In honor of what a great year he’s had, Whedon has been honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of the magazine’s Entertainers of the Year. EW caught up with Whedon not long after he submitted an outline for “The Avengers 2” to talk to him about what this seemingly overnight success has meant to him.
“I’ve had a wonderful career, and I’m grateful for it. But like every writer in Hollywood, there have been many times where I’ve said, ‘I swear to God, if you just [let] me do this the way I’m thinking of doing it, it’ll work out!’ and I’ve been thwarted,” he said. “Once you get to this place, where people will listen to you, give you the benefit of the doubt, and will get out of your way, all of the stuff you’ve learned to live with and tamped down, you don’t need to live with it anymore, and so the basement door opens … and you go down into there … and read from the diary that raises the dead.” He added with a laugh, “It’s a weird little counter-intuitive thing.”
It turns out that that bottled up anger helped Whedon really connect with one Avenger in particular: Hulk. Whether that’s why the green rage machine was the MVP of “The Avengers” is up for debate, but Whedon said he definitely related with the character.
“What was most astonishing to me about making that movie was how personal it was,” he said. “I literally had the I’m-always-angry revelation during production. I had this certain amount of back-burner simmer of rage that I was completely aware of, but apparently I wrote it for Bruce Banner, going (to myself): ‘I think this is what a guy like this might go through!’ Interesting! What guy, Joss? ‘I don’t know! Some guy. I can’t think of anyone in particular, or why this is coming to me…’ Really, Joss? Really?”
EW’s Entertainers of the Year issue is now on sale.
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