Joss Whedon Says The Avengers Will Not Be "Obnoxiously 3D"
12.23.11 by BJSprecher
Considering Marvel Studios' last two superhero movies —
Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger — were both released in 3D, it should have come as no surprise to anyone that the studio would be releasing its 2012 super-team movie, The Avengers, in 3D as well. Still, the recent announcement by Marvel Studios and parent Disney confirming same had enough online commenters in an uproar that director Joss Whedon felt the need to reassure the fans, telling JoBlo that The Avengers will not be "obnoxiously 3D."
There's no, 'Oh look, we're going to spend 20 minutes going through this tunnel because it's in 3D!' And no one is pointing at the screen the entire time. But it's an action movie. Things tend to hurtle toward the screen anyway.
Whedon told JoBlo that he knew in advance that The Avengers would be post-converted to 3D and thought about the format "every second" he was filming. He also said that it was "fun" to shoot with 3D in mind.
I'm not a big fan of extreme long lens, talky movies — I like to see the space I'm in and relate to it, so 3D kinda fits my aesthetic anyway. And the technology has advanced so far in the past couple years.
In addition to directing The Avengers, Whedon also wrote the screenplay. The plot remains a secret, but we know that it involves Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the primary villain in Thor, and his quest to subjugate the planet by teaming up with or bartering with an unknown alien menace. The cast includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson, Cobie Smulders S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill, Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig.