[Interviewer] Kozak: Given how you seem to embrace ensembles, does Marvel's Avengers project over at Paramount offer any particular appeal?
Whedon: Y'know, the thing about the X-Men is they have a coherent core. The Avengers to me is tough. I wouldn't approach The Avengers, I wouldn't approach the Fantastic Four. The X-Men are all born of pain, and pain is where I hang my hat.
(Interview with Jim Kozak from In Focus, August 2005. Page 102.)
Hee. Clearly, he found a way to rethink that.
Anyway, this is a fascinating look inside the mind and creative process of one of the greatest writers of our time. And, according to these interviews, Joss Whedon does see himself as primarily a writer, despite his successes as director, show-runner, etc. He has a lot of good insights into what makes stories tick, what makes characters work, and other things that greatly intrigued my writerly self.
Ultimately, this is a great book for fans of Joss Whedon and for writers, but I'm not sure anyone else would enjoy it much.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: R because Joss swears a lot, which disappointed me.
Particularly Good Bits:
"I'm not an adult!" he says, shaking his head. "I don't want to create responsible shows with lawyers in them. I want to invade people's dreams." (p. 70)
"I can't stress enough that I believe the best thing in the world is for everybody who feels like they have a story to tell, to tell it." (p. 182)