"By this hand, I love thee."
Talk about switching gears. After writing and directing the third highest-grossing movie of all time with The Avengers, Joss Whedon decided to take a break and shoot what could now be considered a much smaller movie in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in black-and-white at Whedon's house over 12 days during the Avengers edit period, Much Ado About Nothing stars plenty of Whedon regulars, including Serenity's Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, Cabin in the Woods' Amy Acker and Fran Kranz, and The Avengers' Alexis Denisof and Clark Gregg.
"The movie’s in black-and-white partially because it’s kind of a noir comedy," Whedon told EW in 2011. "I realized that everybody in it behaves like such a dolt — an articulate dolt, but a dolt. I fixated on this notion that our ideas of romantic love are created for us by the society around us, and then escape from that is grown-up love, is marriage, is mature love, to escape the ideals of love that we’re supposed to follow. So that clicked for me when I realized, oh, I get why it matters everybody goes through the weird machinations we go through." watch the trailer >>