SDCC 2015: Can Captain America Lift Thor’s Hammer? Joss Whedon Answers Tough Questions At Nerd HQ

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Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE

Joss Whedon made a triumphant return to San Diego Comic Con and Nerd HQ this year and reminded everyone why he’s one of the Gods of Geekdom. During the 45 minute Conversation for a Cause we learned the answers to burning Whedonverse questions and a few fun tidbits as well.

Diving into Age of Ultron questions, anyone hoping for a director’s cut of will be disappointed but Whedon calls the film one of the most personal things he’s made. He revealed casting Paul Bettany as The Vision was an idea he pitched in the very first meeting about The Avengers. He gently dismissed the idea of Vision being a “Christ figure” in the film, saying “everyone thinks they are the savior in that film.” He did concede Vision is “a step above.”

Let’s really talk about the Thor’s hammer bit that ran throughout Age of Ultron.

“How is Steve Rogers not worthy?” a fan asked. “Is he not? Are we sure?” Whedon responded, a hint of teasing in his voice. “Did he fail? Or did he stop?”

Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE
Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE

With years of experience raking in critical and commercial acclaim, Whedon was kind enough to pass along some advice. Apparently you don’t always need millions of dollars and fancy equipment to make your movie, even when it’s a massive summer blockbuster.

Portions of The Avengers were shot on iPhones. He also recommends doing the work for your own enjoyment in addition to other people’s. “You always write for yourself and the rest of the world,” he said. “It has to be for you.”

Like so many of the most beloved celebrities geeks, Whedon is a fan too. He expressed his love for iZombie, saying if he were at their panel he’d want to ask, “Why are you awesome?”

Plenty of people were thinking the same thing about you, Joss.


Stephanie Coats