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While out promoting ‘Cabin in the Woods,’ his upcoming horror film with Drew Goddard, Josh Whedon has taken the opportunity to talk about his all-star superhero epic ‘Avengers Assemble.’

Talking to Collider Whedon revealed the runtime for his superhero epic which hits Irish cinemas April 26th:

“My first cut was three hours long and it’s now down to 2 hours and 15 minutes, and I’m extremely proud of that. I had always intended to go over two, under two and a half. There was no way a movie with this many great actors and this much epic scope was gonna clock in under two and not feel a little anemic, somebody wasn’t gonna get their moment if that happened. But at the same time, I get very angry that romantic comedies run over two hours long, it’s like ‘Guys, that’s not okay.’ More isn’t more. I don’t want anything in the movie that shouldn’t be.”


With 45 minutes removed from his initial cut fans will no doubt expect a director’s cut to hit DVD and Bluray later down the line, but the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ creator states that won’t be the case:

“No [there won’t be a director’s cut on the DVD or Bluray]. I… believe very strongly in putting the director’s cut into the theaters. I believe that the director’s cut is the best movie for the studio and the best version of the movie for the audience. I’ve never really been in a situation where I had to pull the beating heart out of something that I did. I think people get to see a lot of extraordinary extras because I did shoot a bunch of stuff that I love, but the movie is the movie I want it to be.”


Asked by SFX how he plans to top the highly anticipated film with the inevitable sequel, Whedon replied:

“By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

Whedon also commented on his approach to the first film, explaining how he has tried to share the screen time between the team – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye.

“I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight and, ultimately, what makes them awesome,” he explained. “I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”