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The New York Times ran a nice interview yesterday with director Joss Whedon about his upcoming “The Avengers”, where the director revealed a couple of bits that I didn’t know previously, including a reunion between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell), his WWII sweetheart. From the sounds of it, Whedon only wrote the meeting, but never got around to shooting it:
One of the best scenes that I wrote was the beautiful and poignant scene between Steve and Peggy [Carter] that takes place in the present. And I was the one who was like, Guys, we need to lose this. It was killing the rhythm of the thing. And we did have a lot of Cap, because he really was the in for me. I really do feel a sense of loss about what’s happening in our culture, loss of the idea of community, loss of health care and welfare and all sorts of things. I was spending a lot of time having him say it, and then I cut that.
Too bad. It would have been nice to see the Captain get some closure on that front. I honestly don’t know why it wouldn’t work. How long did it have to be? Two minutes? Three? It would have been nice if he shot it anyway to see if it did kill the flow of the movie, and if it did, put it on the director’s cut. Just a thought.
On working within the limitations set forth by previous (and future) Marvel movies:
Yeah, sure. And where all the other sequels are going to go. There was talk about, should we have this character? I’m like, you need to save that character for that other sequel. You can’t just throw that moment away. One of the biggest struggles for me was the end of “Iron Man 2″: “I’m in a semi-stable relationship.” “We approve of Iron Man but not Tony Stark.” They really made my job hard, in that respect. But you get all these pieces and it’s a puzzle. But it’s a puzzle that comes together. It’s not just a bunch of broken stuff — there is a way that it’s supposed to fit. And when it does, you find you’re being given as many gifts as you are problems.
It’s a very good, overall interview that deals with how Whedon had to approach the movie from every level — as a director, screenwriter, and fanboy. Recommended reading if you have the time to kill.