Marvel’s the Avengers was universally loved by comic book fans and was a bona fide blockbuster hit, but a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly reveals that there are still some things that director Joss Whedon could have improved upon. The interview also let it slip that he has high praises for The Matrix and The Godfather Part II, calling both a great film, structured perfectly and made so lovingly, respectively.
“When I think of a great film, I think of something that’s either structured so perfectly like The Matrix or made so lovingly like The Godfather Part II,” says Whedon. “There was haphazardness in the way it comes together – not just the people, but the scenes.
“I don’t think you’d look at it and go, ‘This is a model of perfect structure.’ You’d go, ‘This is working.’ I like it. I’m proud of it and I like its imperfections. The thing I cared most about – making a summer movie like the ones from my childhood – is the thing that I pulled off.”
With Marvel’s Phase 2 right around the corner, Whedon may actually get a chance to do an even better job, as he is planning to be even more meticulous on the next batch:
“I want to be clearer about how I engage the audience, and where I take them,” explains Whedon. “I want more control visually, more time to prep it.
“Not that I didn’t dictate every shot – I did. But there’s only so much you can do when you’re making a summer film when the ball is already rolling as fast as it was when I got in. Why do it again if you can’t do it better?”