In Joss We Trust

Wait, wait wait… aren’t I the same guy who wrote the “mehVengers” counterpoint column that enraged so many? (Hint: yes) Now I’m here proclaiming the virtues of Joss? Yup.

Here’s the thing. I’m a big Joss fan (and I loved “The Avengers.”) But, I’m selfish. I’d rather see quantity of output from his creative mind. We know we’ll get quality from him as well. But, I’d rather get 22 hours of diversion from him a week. Not two hours every three years.

Word comes out today that ABC is moving forward with the new Marvel TV show “SHIELD.” (Shocking. Disney owns ABC and Marvel, corporate synergy FTW!) Bonus is that Joss is at the helm (which we knew would be the case). And he’s co-writing it. And, he’ll likely direct the pilot.

Hulk Smash!

That gets me excited. A new Joss show. On a network that will give the show a chance (not place it in a death time slot, show episodes out of order, give it proper promotion, etc.). This is what I wanted to see when Joss signed on for “Avengers 2.” I’ll see the movie but I’m far more excited about the show.

 

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Final Punch: Don’t Fear the Whedon

For I have become Whedon, Destroyer of Franchises

OK, let’s be honest here. Adam, you’re obviously chumming the waters hard and fast in hopes that we’ll need a bigger boat. And I have done my duty as a card carrying Whedonite (Except they took my card over the whole Wesley thing? Damn, I need to keep better track of my card) and defended my Fair Whedon’s honor.

But, I get where you’re coming from. And I understand your fear. Sequels, more often than not, suck nards. Even when a sequel lives up to its predecessor, there’s inevitably a crappy one that’s heaving into a bucket right behind it. For every “Godfather II,” there’s, well, “Godfather III.” For every “Aliens,” there’s, hmmm…”Aliens 3.” What about “Terminator 2!” That’s got…oh yeah, “Terminator 3.”

Here’s the rub, when Hollywood gets something shiny, they like to make more of it because of that whole “Money fuels our cocaine and hookers habit” thing. But it costs money to make things shiny over and over again. And big money upfront leads to truncated returns (trust me on this, I balanced my checkbook once in college, so I know ALL about money). So the best way to make money on the shiny is to get the audience hooked, start cutting off the expensive bits (like the original cast and behind-the-camera talent), and then get someone to come in and “reinterpret” things while keeping enough of the original to satisfy the fans. Something as CGI laden as “Avengers” is perfect for this, because computers don’t quit and digital properties can easily be reused.

So I fully intend on ranting hard and long about the cesspool that the Avengers franchise has become (most likely on this very site). But it’s not going to happen with “Avengers 2.” And the only reason I’m confident in saying that is because of Whedon.

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Counterpoint: Joss and “Mehvengers 2”

AssembleOK…this is like throwing chum in the water. We’ll see who’s faster, Anthony or Janie to respond to this and tear me apart. But, honestly, my reaction to Joss directing “Avengers 2” was “meh.”

Let me put this into some perspective. I loved “The Avengers” (it was on my Top 3 Superhero movie list the other week). “Angel,” “Buffy,” and “Firefly” are three of my favorite shows of all time. I’m a Whedonite.

Which is why I’m “meh” about this. He’s already done “The Avengers” (and did it well) I want him to move on. I don’t want to wait another three years before I get my next fix (not counting “Much Ado About Nothing” later this year which…I’m skeptical about – given the fact it was shot over a weekend in his backyard).

I want Whedon NOW. As such, I found it much more exciting that he’ll be involved in the show that Marvel is pitching ABC. That excites me. He’ll be anchored by “Avengers 2” though. It’ll weigh him down. He won’t get lost in the TV side because he’ll be prepping the Next Big Thing. Remember the last time he wasn’t completely invested in TV? We got “Dollhouse” (which was OK, but it didn’t live up to its pedigree).

Get him back on TV. Give me 22 hours of Whedon to digest a year. Not 2.5 hours in three years.

Secondly…and this may be unfair, but too bad. When “Iron Man” came out geeks went nutz and said “YES! Favreau for the Win! He’s GOT to do “Iron Man 2!” And, he did. How’d that work for you? You weren’t clamoring for him for Part 3, were you? No, you were happier that he spread his wings to “Cowboys & Aliens” (even if the result was awful). I’m much more excited about Shane Black doing “Iron Man 3” than I am about Joss doing “Avengers 2.”

I like new blood to spice things up. I like people that are hungry. Joss had the Eye of the Tiger with “Avengers.” He had a need to show Hollywood that he could play their game. Will he have it again? Essentially, “Avengers” is Rocky in “Rocky I and II.” Is “Avengers 2” Joss’ Clubber Lang?

Joss Whedon Signs On to Direct, Write ‘Avengers 2’

We interrupt everything to bring you THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS EVER: Joss will save the universe again.

And we can all breathe a little easier tonight. Read more about it here at The Wrap:

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/joss-whedon-signed-direct-write-avengers-2-51101