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Joss Whedon Talks ‘Avengers 2,’ Untrue Rumors of $100 Million Paycheck, Importance of Original Content and More in EW

Joss Whedon Talks 'Avengers 2,' Untrue Rumors of $100 Million Paycheck, Importance of Original Content and More in EW

In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands August 23), Joss Whedon gives a candid interview, discussing why untrue rumors of a $100 million paycheck for “Avengers 2” irked him, Tom Hiddleston’s much-loved Loki not being part of that sequel, the importance of original content and more. Highlights below.

Whedon on why Tom Hiddleston’s Loki won’t be in “Avengers 2”:

“Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s
awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I
worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was
the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve
ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an
Avengers movie.”

On the importance of new content:

“It’s very important that we start creating new content
again. We can only build on nostalgia so much before we have nothing left to
build on. Before we’re rebooting Spider-Man—again. It’s dangerous to the
culture, and it’s boring to me. I squeezed in between my Avengers movies a
400-year-old play. So I really need to create some new worlds.”

On denying reports that he was paid $100 million for “Avengers 2”:

“It bothers me. I think it gives people an impression of who
you are that is not one I’m comfortable with. It’s something I’d live with if I
had that much money. But, you know, I’m rich. I’m making the second movie. Does
anybody think I’m not getting paid? But it’s not anywhere like what they’re
talking about.”

On alone-time as a kid contributing to his creative instincts:

“I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist, I
had a terrifying father, and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a
farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren’t allowed to make a
sound. “Quiet time” is what we called it, because my mom was writing. So what
are you doing? You’re either writing, or you’re eating, or you’re walking up
and down your driveway creating giant science-fiction universes and various
elaborate vengeance schemes upon your brothers. At our apartment in New York,
I’d stay in my room and listen to [Star Wars composer] John Williams and make
up stories.”

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