Joss Whedon has discussed the level of creative freedom he has heading into the next Avengers movie.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, the director said there was a level of trust between him and Marvel’s Kevin Feige which was important.
“I think there’s a level of trust,” he said. “You know, Kevin Feige and I have always had mutual respect, and on the first movie he was very supportive. But there were definitely things where they were like, ‘Hmm, we don’t see that.’ And I think now Kevin’s in a place where it would be more like, ‘We don’t see it, but we think you do.”
Despite the success of the first film and the level of trust now built up between himself and Marvel, it seems, however, that he won’t always get his way when talking to Marvel.
“[T]hat doesn’t mean they’re just going to roll over and I’m going to say, ‘Oh, it’s ‘Great Lakes Avengers’ and we’re going to get Squirrel Girl and you’re gonna love it,'” he continues. “You know, they need to believe. But all I want to do is make the movie that they want. And so it’s been great. We’re having that same kind of, ‘What if? Oh, and what if?’ And ‘I was thinking it would be funny … ooh ooh ooh.’ There’s definitely a level of earned trust, but as with any good studio head or producer, that doesn’t mean a free pass.”
The Avengers is released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 25.