The Avengers is Marvel’s answer to DC’s Justice League, a comic book that unites all their heroes into one supergroup, a lá the Traveling Wilburys. Hollywood can barely get a movie with one superhero made, but every year I have to post 20 or 30 of the latest development rumors about one of these projects that never seem to get very far. The latest is that Jon Favreau says he won’t be directing The Avengers, which is the kind of critical thinking skill we wish he’d displayed before signing on to Couples Retreat.
“They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available,” he explained. “It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say.” “It’s going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with ‘Avengers’ you’re going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor,” he continued. “How you mix the two of those works very well in the comic books, but it’s going to take a lot of thoughtfulness to make that all work and not blow the reality that we’ve created.” [via MTV, video below]
I would say that I don’t like the idea of these superhero supergroup movies because each character sort of exists in his own alternate reality, and trying to put them all in one is not only hard, but it can ruin the particular strengths of certain characters. I would say that, but then I’d be a grown man arguing the finer points of dudes in spandex beating people up. What I will say is that as long as we’re doing supergroups, one of the characters should be Ted Nugent.