Marvel Studios and Entertainment Weekly have chosen this week as the time to feature The Avengers on the magazine's cover. Subscribers will be seeing the characters in their mail box shortly but for those who don't buy it, feel free to check it out below. Their feature story will have thoughts from the stars and director Joss Whedon within but as part of the EW preview, they talked about the ensemble cast coming together to play such different characters and what Whedon had to deal with in terms of on-the-ground script changes.
Whedon was actually counting on a little bit of friction, since there’s so much in the actual story. “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that,” he shrugs. “But they don’t.”
When he wasn’t out dancing, Whedon was obsessively rewriting dialogue. On the Iron Man movies, Downey was notorious for pushing for heat-of-the-moment script punch-ups (or as he puts it: “I dominated like a rabid, horny gorilla”). And even as part of an ensemble in Avengers, he still nudged Whedon to go a little farther in some scenes. The day EW was on set, Whedon (the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the acclaimed Astonishing X-Men comic book series) was scribbling out new pages of dialogue right before our eyes. Says the director, “There is a weird element of: they handed me one of the biggest movies of all time, and I’m making it up as I go.”